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What is there not to love about Spring?! Spring is a great time to visit Orange - not only is it incredibly beautiful and picturesque, but there are a loads of things happening. Whether you’re after a relaxing weekend getaway, a mid-week sojourn or an action-packed adventure, Orange has got you covered. Here are 5 things to do in Orange NSW in spring:

1. Discover the Botanic Gardens

Step into a world of floral enchantment at Orange's Botanic Gardens, where every step unveils a kaleidoscope of colours and scents. As spring breathes life into the gardens, take a leisurely stroll along the winding pathways and learn about the diverse flora.

Photo credit: NSW Visitor Travel & Holiday Guide

2. Picnic amidst the vineyards

Escape the ordinary and indulge in a unique experience at one of Orange's cellar doors. Savour the flavours of the region, sip on exquisite wines, and enjoy the crisp spring air! Check out our guide to Perfect Cellar Doors For A Picnic In Orange NSW.

Photo credit: Printhie Wines

3. Play some golf

Orange boasts an array of scenic golf courses that will entice both seasoned players and newcomers alike. Tee off against a backdrop of breathtaking landscapes and lush green fairways. Click here for a guide to golf in the Orange region.

Photo credit: Duntry League

4. Go for a bike ride

Springtime in Orange invites you to dust off your bike and embark on an adventure through nature's playground. The region offers a multitude of cycling trails that cater to all levels of experience. As you pedal along, immerse yourself in the beauty of rolling hills, verdant valleys, and charming countryside vistas.

Or if you’re looking for something guided, with e-bikes provided, the Twilight Tours help you view Orange a little differently. This four hour tour will take you through the botanic gardens and the riding tracks at gosling creek reserve finishing up back in Orange at twilight. Click here for more info.

Photo credit: Central West Tours

5. Make the most of the wine festival

Last, but by no means least, The Orange Wine Festival runs from the 30thof September to the 29th of October and is brimming with events and activities with, not surprisingly, a wine focus. The festival opens with the ever popular Wine Festival Night Market in Robertson Park where close to every winery is represented alongside a range of food vendors. Lunches, Dinners, Masterclasses, Rambles, Picnics, Yoga and Markets are just some of the themes underpinning an event programme that will spoil you for choice but book early to avoid missing out as the Orange Wine Festival is a hit with locals and visitors alike.

Photo credit: Orange360

Orange, NSW, is a springtime paradise waiting to be explored. From the awe-inspiring beauty of the Botanic Gardens to the festivities of the Orange Wine Festival, this charming destination offers a myriad of experiences that will rejuvenate your spirit. Jump over to our booking page and lock in your visit to Orange this spring.


Racine Grazing Box

Racine Orange

Award winning chef  Shaun Arantz and his wife Willa created something special in Orange when they opened their modest little bakery within a sourdough’s throw of Woolworths in the heart of Orange. After closing their hatted restaurant of the same name, they poured their heart & soul into baking goods that made people feel good. It didn’t take long before Racine Bakery became THE ONLY place to get your freshly baked sourdough, croissants, pastries, muffins, cakes and coffee (their Vanilla Slice is mind blowing!). Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Racine started offering Grazing Boxes!

So while a visit to Racine during your stay at Basalt is a must, we felt that being able to have a pre-prepared Racine Grazing Box in your fridge awaiting your arrival would be the icing on the cake. Enjoy!


Rikard Riesling

Rikard Riesling

Nose shows lime blossom, jasmine and preserved lemon first, followed by a slatey minerality, some fennel and a slight mealy, biscuity character. Lime and green apple on the palate are overlaid with nettles and green apricot. The acid structure is juicy without being tart and carries the abundance of fruit well. Lovely balance and intensity, with a myriad of spices popping up and then retreating with each sip.

Swinging Bridge “Mrs Payten” Chardonnay

Swinging Bridge Chardonnay

As was Mrs Payten, Tom’s grandmother, these are wines of style, elegance and finesse. This Chardonnay was first released to celebrate Armah’s 90th Birthday in 2013 and was matured in tightly grained French Oak, balancing its rich stone fruit and grapefruit characters. With its depth of flavour, flintiness and natural, cool climate acidity, this is a wine thatwill reward cellaring.

Macquariedale Pinot Gris

Macquariedale Pinot Gris

These grapes were hand harvested from a sustainable grown vineyard on the northern slopes of Mount Canobolas at 860m. The wine exhibits delicate floral aromas of citrus and orange blossom. The palate has lime zest overtones and has a hint of residual grape sugar.

De Salis Pinot Noir

De Salis Pinot Noir

De Salis Estate Pinot Noir with a lively nose of Orange Citrus, Raspberry Liquorice and Pork and Fennel sausage. A fine textured palate of Sour Cherry, White Strawberry backed up with an underlying earthiness of Portobello Mushroom and spice and lingering Campari finish.

Philip Shaw “The Idiot” Shiraz

Philip Shaw Shiraz

The Idiot is dark purple hue. Dark plums with hints spice ranging from cinnamon to white pepper. Its undeniably cool climate shiraz with mid palate tannin and a fine finish with toasted vanilla oak. Enjoy now or cellar for the next 5 years. Ideal accompaniment with friends and BBQ.

ChaLou “Dreaded Friend” Rose

ChaLou Dreaded Friend Rose

Quince and Rasberry with rose water lift. Bright refreshing palate with savoury elements and dry finish.





Sweet Sour Salt

Located in the heart of Orange, Sweet Sour Salt is a modern Asian fusion restaurant which has grown to become one of the region’s favourite dining establishments over the past 15 years.  Owner and chef Ivan Podres and his team regularly surprise and delight with their unique flavour blends.

Basalt has teamed up with Sweet Sour Salt to enable our guests to make the most of the amazing in-studio dining experience without worrying about what to cook. We’ve selected the 6 most popular dishes on the Sweet Sour Salt menu, matched them to some of our favourite local wines and made them available to our guests to enjoy on their arrival night.

Each guest will receive an email 15 days prior to check-in inviting them to place their order. Orders must be received min. 7 days prior to arrival. Meals will be prepared fresh and delivered by your Basalt host to your studio fridge ready for your arrival. Simply heat up, pick some seasonal herbs from the studio’s garden to garnish and serve. A great way to start your stay!



Michael Manners

Michael Manners

Manners began his career in France in the early 1960s, followed by a stint at England’s renowned Hole in the Wall in Bath. In 1970, Manners teamed with a Dany Chouet to open the bistro Upstairs in Sydney, giving the city’s fledgling dining out scene an unexpected sophistication. In 1976, following another stint in France, Michael opened the Glenella Guesthouse at Blackheath which quickly became one of the state’s great destination restaurants, regularly earning two hats.

After stints at Katoomba (Table Manners) and Leura’s Silks, Michael and wife Josephine moved to Orange and opened his acclaimed restaurant Selkirks in 1997. In doing so, they gave an already vibrant food and wine scene the focus it needed – a champion restaurant. In the history of the Good Food Guide, Manners is one of the most hatted chefs in NSW, with more than 20 awarded.

Michael is a legend in the Orange food scene and now prepares seasonal, 3-course, easy to plate up meals for Basalt guests to enjoy in the comfort of their studio.