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Spring events in Orange, New South Wales

Are you ready to welcome the vibrant colours and refreshing breeze of spring? Look no further than Orange, New South Wales, where a plethora of exciting events await you! From wine enthusiasts to art aficionados, nature lovers to fitness enthusiasts, there's something for everyone in our region during spring.

1. The Orange Wine Festival

29th September - 29th October 2023

Calling all wine connoisseurs and casual sippers alike! The Orange Wine Festival is a must-attend event that celebrates the region's finest wines. The festival offers a unique opportunity to taste award-winning wines crafted by local vintners. Indulge in wine tasting sessions, guided vineyard tours, and delightful food pairings that perfectly complement the exquisite flavours of the wines. This year, the festival welcomes back all of their signature events including the Orange Wine Festival Night Market, Orange Wine Show and Altitude, as well as some new ones. Raise your glass and toast to the beauty of spring and the art of winemaking! View the full program here.

Photo credit: Orange360

2. Get your joggers on

Lonely Mountain Ultra: 14th-15th October 2023
Carcoar Running Festival: 5th November 2023

Spring is the ideal time to embrace outdoor adventures, and what better way to do that than by participating in a running festival? Choose between the exhilarating Lonely Mountain Ultra or the scenic Carcoar Running Festival. Lace up your running shoes and take on challenging terrains while soaking in breathtaking vistas. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or just beginning your running journey, these festivals offer a chance to push your limits, enjoy the camaraderie of fellow runners, and revel in the joys of nature and physical achievement. View more info about the Lonely Mountain Ultra here and the Carcoar Running Festival here.

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3. Millthorpe Garden Ramble

4th-5th November 2023

Step into a world of blooming beauty at the Millthorpe Garden Ramble. This event lets you wander through a collection of enchanting private gardens, each boasting a unique blend of vibrant flowers, serene ponds, and intricate landscaping. As you stroll along garden paths, you'll feel a sense of tranquility and inspiration. Engage with passionate gardeners, learn about their gardening secrets, and gather ideas for your own outdoor oasis. Millthorpe's Garden Ramble is a treat for the senses and a testament to the wonders that spring can bring. Find out more here.

Photo credit: Millthorpe Garden Ramble

4. Spring into Art at Newbridge

2oth-22nd October 2023

Prepare to be captivated by the Spring into Art festival at Newbridge! From open gardens, live music, artisan markets and art exhibitions, you'll be immersed in a world of creativity and expression. Spring into Art celebrates the intersection of nature's beauty and human imagination. More info here.

Photo credit: www.newbridgensw.com.au

5. Attend a village show

Manildra Show: 2nd September 2023
Cudal Show: 9th September 2023
Eugowra Show: 15th-16th September 2023
Molong Show: 17th September 2023
Canowindra Show: 22nd September 2023

Immerse yourself in the heart of the local culture by attending a charming village show. Whether you choose to visit Manildra, Cudal, Eugowra, Molong, or Canowindra, you'll be treated to a delightful showcase of rural life. These shows feature an array of attractions, including traditional agricultural displays, livestock competitions, delicious local produce, and lively entertainment. It's a chance to experience the warm hospitality of the community and gain insight into the region's agricultural heritage.

Photo credit: Eugowra Show

As you plan your springtime escape to Orange, New South Wales, remember that each of these events offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the season in a distinct way. Whether you're sipping on fine wines, running amidst breathtaking landscapes, admiring artistry, exploring lush gardens, or immersing yourself in local traditions, your spring getaway promises to be unforgettable. So pack your bags, put on your most comfortable shoes, and get ready to make the most of Orange's vibrant spring events!

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.