Orange NSW is known as 'The Colour City' of Australia because of the beautiful array of ever changing colours of the region over its four distinct seasons. The rich ochres and saffron hues of Autumn fade into frosty whites of winter against blue tones of eucalypts, interspersed with vibrant flowers of cold climate trees and plants. Spring is a riot of colour and fragrance - from the vivacious scarlet and sapphire of perennial varieties and bulbs, to the soft pink and white of apple blossoms, while summer crisps the rolling green countryside to shimmering gold under vivid cerulean skies. All of this can be yours at A Colourcity Apartments. Modern, elegant and self contained, with a gourmet kitchen and private courtyard, this luxury apartment has all the amenities required for an enjoyable stay. Kick off your shoes and enjoy the extensive artwork collection while you listen to some classical music from the surround sound speakers. The private courtyard can be utilised year round, for a BBQ or al fresco dining with the winter comfort of a patio heater.
Just north of Orange is Ophir, a place that still draws optimists from near and far to try their luck in the same area as the first gold discovery in Australia. Steeped in history, you can explore the Gold Trail with its intriguing names like Salvation Bob's Mine, Tinker Point and FitzRoy Bar, and maybe you might get lucky and find a gold nugget, or succumb to a touch of gold fever. Imagine a food and wine tour of the region by hot air balloon or helicopter. Your hosts can arrange a variety of tour options, and there are many activities throughout the year here, with several food and wine festivals and the Banjo Paterson Poetry Festival. You can visit the 35 cellar doors in the Orange region and sample the quality cool climate wines. Explore heritage trails and bushwalking through hills and valleys. Take in some art in the Pop-up Art Space of the apartments, or head out to the regional gallery to see artworks by many of the talented local artists. For the more adventurous you might like to try a tour of the region in a Tiger Moth. See the beauty of the mountains and Towac Valley - famous for its fruit production and vineyards, then fly over the Cadia Valley Operations - Australia's largest copper/gold open cut mine. Visit the Millthorpe Museum or hire a bike and ride through the local zoo. There's something to see and do all year round here, it's the perfect place for a wonderful escape or an experiential journey of discovery in a spectacularly beautiful region.