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Orange, New South Wales

Just 260km inland from Sydney, Orange is a major rural centre in New South Wales. Home to more than 38,000 people, it is famous for being the birthplace of our national bard, Banjo Paterson, a major fruit-growing region and the place where the first payable gold discovery was made in Australia – which lead to the gold rush of the 1850s.

It’s still a mining centre today. The Cadia-Ridgeway gold mine, which mines both gold and copper, is the second largest open cut mine in Australia. There is also an underground mine associated with it, where large mineral deposits have been found.The mine, operated by Newcrest Mining, is expected to continue operating for several decades to come.

The size of the town itself means Orange is well resourced. There are plenty of schools including a very well regarded agricultural college, good hospital and medical care, excellent sporting facilities and very active sporting clubs, theatres, museums, galleries and other cultural pursuits.

The Orange Council’s website promotes the affordable cost of living in the town – including the relatively low cost of housing. It also promotes the region’s ascendance as a quality winegrowing district and the continuing development of the town’s “already highly regarded gourmet restaurant and café culture”. Orange is positioning itself as the ‘food capital’ of the region. While it might be a rural centre, Orange is establishing quite a cosmopolitan reputation.

Orange has an average maximum temperature of about 26C in summer and about 10C in winter – but it will get up to about 37C some days.

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