Author Archives: Kelly-Anne Smith

Rural Dining Experiences in Orange, NSW

Rural Dining Experiences in Orange, NSW

From fine-dining to rustic, to really out-of-the-box experiences there’s something for every gourmand and bon vivant in the cool-climate wine region of Orange, NSW. Tired of the traditional restaurant experience, where you book a table, order off the menu, and pay extra for wine? One of the superb discoveries of living in regional Australia isContinue Reading

Connecting to Country in the Jenolan Caves

Connecting to Country in the Jenolan Caves

A new initiative offering guided Aboriginal culture tours of the bushland surrounding Australia’s spectacular Jenolan Caves tempted us back for a visit – and reminded us of just how incredible a national and cultural asset this area is. The Jenolan Caves are located just past the Blue Mountains, a two-hour drive from Sydney, and areContinue Reading

Small bar scene comes to country NSW

Small bar scene comes to country NSW

Spring has definitely sprung in the countryside, and we seem to be celebrating with a paean to Orange’s incredible locally-grown food and wine. We’ve had a plethora of new cafes start trading, an art gallery open, and an impressive new cellar door for one of the most established wineries swing open its bluestone doors. TheContinue Reading

From paddock to plate – the Orange Region Farmers Market

From paddock to plate – the Orange Region Farmers Market

I’ve almost stopped going to supermarkets altogether since moving to the NSW countryside. With a plethora of farmers markets on weekends in nearby towns and villages, there’s really nothing better than going straight to source for your food. Here in Orange, the second Saturday of every month is the Orange Region Farmers Market. In theContinue Reading

Celebrating the launch of Vintage14 in the Orange vineyards

Celebrating the launch of Vintage14 in the Orange vineyards

Outside the sky is a silvery-grey and it’s trying really hard to snow. Meanwhile, about 100 people are standing shoulder-to-shoulder inside the cosy cellar door of Cargo Road Wines celebrating the launch of Vintage 2014 (or #V14 as we know it). And by celebrating, I mean celebrating being able to drink it. The grapes wereContinue Reading

Orange Regional Art Renaissance

Orange Regional Art Renaissance

Not long ago, after taking off on urban adventures overseas and in Australia, I relocated to country NSW. The thing I like most about having returned to my roots is that I now get to witness the palpable resurgence of art as a way of living and breathing and communicating in Orange and its surrounds.Continue Reading

The fireside cellar door tour

The fireside cellar door tour

It’s Autumn in my hometown of Orange, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share the delights of the changing countryside in the Central West region of NSW, Australia with you, like the spectacular display of reds and yellows and burnt oranges of the hillsides and the trees in Orange’s central CookContinue Reading

Food, glorious F.O.O.D

Food, glorious F.O.O.D

There’s really no better place to celebrate all things related to glorious food than the Orange F.O.O.D Week gourmet festival held in April. I’m not really sure where to start when it comes to this festival; with over 120 events being held by local producers, providores and vineyard, it’s really one helluva show. You canContinue Reading

Rediscovering soul country – exploring Borenore

Rediscovering soul country – exploring Borenore

Not many people venture over the Blue Mountains when they visit New South Wales, Australia. But you’re in for a treat if you do. Head to Orange, just a 3.5 hour drive west from Sydney, for an authentic experience of the Australian bush countryside. One of the biggest towns in the Central West region ofContinue Reading

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