Orange, NSW 2800

3.4(15 reviews)

Ranked 4th best suburb by locals in Central West Region, NSW

Great for

  • Parks and recreation
  • Clean & green
  • Neighbourly spirit
  • Lack of traffic
  • Pest-free

Not great for

  • Parking

Who lives here?

  • Families With Kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews of Orange, NSW

"Orange is has everything you need and is still growing"

Orange has all the facilities of the big city. Food is great, easy to get around. Plenty of shops and local amenities. Good schools, family friendly. Heaps of indoor and outdoor sport options. Lots of work available especially with the support of the gold mine and associated industries spreading money through the town. Some crime has increased as the town has increased it's general wealth (attracts some out of town opportunists). The downside of this is the higher cost of living especially for rent and to purchase a house when compared to similar sized towns. Still close enough to Sydney for a weekend away. The major concern in Orange is the water supply or lack of it. The water is fine there just isn't enough of it. Dams are at 25% but there are actions underway to increase supply through alternative means. The council isn't particularly great. They are often blinkered and do have double standards. Often backflip on decisions as they make the wrong one to start with. Rates are one of the highest in NSW but this is the price you pay in a growing city. Overall through it a great spot due to it's location (even if it can get a bit cold, it actually has 4 seasons), facilities, general community spirit, shopping, medical care, etc.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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ralphz
ralphz
26th September 2021

"Extreme cold most of the year shopping is terrible if you want anything decent you need to travel to Sydney no work prospects people are cold and rude and too many barking dogs there are much nicer towns to live and Orange has the second highest rates"

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plutof
plutof
10th September 2021

"Pizza Hut restaurant is a must"

I visited orange with someone who is a previous local and may I just say, loved it, loved it from the beautiful scenery, and then when I saw the all you can eat Pizza Hut, I decided I must move to this town. The Bunnings parking lot was a fun time and the perfect place to enjoy the delicious charcoal chicken and there are some lovely Chinese restaurants. Wasn’t a fan of the kids wanting cigarettes at hungry jacks though. Although the hungry jacks food shat all over Melbourne fast food.

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katrinaw3
katrinaw3
10th August 2020

"P plater nighmare"

Loved Orange. Had a great time enjoying the food, scenery and wine, the only let down was the constant P platers that hoon up and down the main streets at night.
Shame to spoil a great town.

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johnr53
johnr53
10th December 2019

"Orange, beautiful escape from Sydney!"

Purchased land and built in North Orange and I cannot be happier. Personally, I enjoy the cooler weather, especially in summer. It is a delight to be free from the traffic congestion in Sydney, along with the agitated drivers and pollution. Orange is picturesque, the locals are welcoming, the wine and food to be had is second to none! (hence Orange food and wine festival). The city seems to be booming and features one of the most modern public hospitals in NSW and a new private hospital complex. In terms of local industry, the Cadia mine has 30-40 years of life in it and much more scope for resource upgrade to increase the mine life. There is also the new McPhillamys gold mine proposal for the Kings plain near Blayney. If you're retired or you work from home, Orange will be the perfect tree change location for you with all the benefits of a large city without the negatives.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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johnl70
johnl70
3rd December 2019

"Unemployment problem"

For newcomers Orange is hard to find work, the locals have already filled the positions. If you buy/rent in orange be ready to fight for a job.

JoanneM2
JoanneM2

Not if you have your own thriving business. I'm looking forward to moving up there.

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ecorigoniv
ecorigoniv
7th November 2019

"it MIGHT be a decent place to live......"

My family moved to orange NSW from sydney in 2011 and I spent two years there when I was younger. (17 now). As such, I know a thing or too about the place. First off if you are thinking of moving here and you hate the cold, don't even think about it. I personally loved the frosty weather, but it definitely is extremely cold if you come from a warmer climate. Coldest night was about -10c, and on many occasions friends at school would complain of pipes on the side of the house freezing lol. Using proper coolant is a must, as water will freeze solid in the radiator, also bring out the window ice scrapers. The wind also makes it feel way colder. Often the car would say it's -4 when the official temp was like 2. Anyway, we ultimately moved back to sydney as there is simply not many employment opportunities for many sectors in Orange. My dad was an electrician, and whilst he did work in the gold mine during the boom, once that boom wore off, unemployment occured. He worked multiple other jobs, all of which were low pay and long hours compared to Sydney. In country towns, it's who you know, not what you can do. We found that no matter how long you live there, unless you are born there, you will never really truly be a "local". All the good jobs are filled by locals who never leave them. However, if you work in healthcare or services (ie firefighters), then there is greater employment outlook. The new hospital at Bloomfield apparently has many vacancies. The mine has been slowing down and the Electrolux factory has all but disappeared, leaving many out of work. Be very careful to check security of employment before moving to a place like this. Being retired is the best option, as the town itself is beautiful. Cook park is awesome with the avairy, and there is adventure playground up in North orange for any young kids. Plenty of decent public and private schools. RSL had good food last time and there are plenty of shops, with a brand new Bunnings up in North orange. I would avoid the areas such as Bowen as they are the typically "lower class" areas with higher crime rates and drug use. Bogans around but that's everywhere. Newer parts of Clare, Bletchington and Poplars Estate are the best places IMO. Ultimately, we ended up moving back to sydney for my father's employment reasons, and looking back on it, it was the best decision we've made to date. Nevertheless, I enjoyed a different country lifestyle for a change.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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kylie84
kylie84
5th November 2019

"HORRIBLE PLACE"

This rating for orange nsw needs to be updated, Orange is a horrible place to live, there is a lot of crime in this town, I wouldn’t recommend living in this area

JoanneM2
JoanneM2

There's crime everywhere

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jamiecampbell
jamiecampbell
31st July 2019

"Beware the Lies Told by Real Estate"

Orange is slowly dying, it has a high unemployment rate & little job prospects for our youth!

Orange’s once prosperous CBD now resemble a ghost town, many small businesses have closed there doors!
There is High you unemployment and little job prospects for the young!
Orange boosts the Highest rates of youth suicide in the state & many suffering from Mental Health issues associated from Drug & Alcohol problems!

On average 3 cars are stollen and burnt every night, with numerous break-ins across the city, crime is a huge problem in Orange!

Orange has many issues due to the low-socioeconomic status of many living here!

If you want to keep updated on Orange & ask questions to real people and not real estate agent’s join the Facebook group called
“Spread the word in Orange”

Orange’s crime stats are in the local paper called
The Central Western Daily

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"A beautiful place to live or visit."

Orange is a medium size town its large enough to provide you with the benefits of a city e.g. shopping, library, museum, aquatic centre and art gallery etc but small enough to provide you with the benefits of a close knit community, e.g. you can drive across town in 10 minutes. People nod or say hello to you in the street if they recognise you. Amazingly enough compared to Sydney properties to buy or rent are relatively cheap. People say keep away from this part or that part of town but I've been living here for nearly three years and in my opinion there really isn't a dangerous part of town....practically the whole town feels safe. Orange is a surprisingly beautiful place.....it has lots of lovely parks and an amazing botanic gardens next to a children's adventure playground. It has many trees along the roads which provide a miriad of colour during autumn. Orange has a University campus and a large TAFE. It has a brand spanking new hospital. Practically evey time you open the local paper it seems they are announcing a new development, the latest being a planetarium and new conservatorium to be built near the award winning museum building that sits opposite the library and art gallery. Orange has working opportunities in a spectrum of industries. The only real thing that I could say that would put me off Orange and really is something negative are the winters....it can get very cold in this neck of the woods....but then I suppose this provides an opportunity to wear those winter clothes that you can never wear in warmer climates!

jamiecampbell
jamiecampbell

Real Estate agent?

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"Great for food, wine and golf - less good for surfing!"

About 3.5 hours west of Sydney, a fantastic town with lots to do for family living. It has everything that you need close at hand, with no need to do the daily commute.
If you are a young single professional looking for a fast track career, lots of nightlife, and weekends by the beach then Orange is not for you. If you have a young family, would like to see them often and don't want stuck in traffic for two hours a day, then Orange may be more your style.
It has lots to offer including tourism, so its good to come visit for a while and see if its for you.
Moved here 3 years ago from the UK and love it!

Great for

  • Food and Wine
  • Parks, leisure and 3 golf courses
  • Schools and family life
  • Friendly people

Not great for

  • Can be cold in winter (but great in summer)
  • Not much public transport

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
The4
The4

Hi guy thank you for your comment of orange.We're thinking to buy house in orange or Bathurst .

rish117
rish117

whos we?

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"Very friendly"

I too bought a house in East Orange and have never regretted it. I am sensible with security as there are still some low lifes living in the area who will pinch anything, but overall I love it. Great value for money, nice friendly people in my street. Good shopping and everything only 5 minutes away. I moved here from Mudgee and what a difference!

Great for

  • Friendly people
  • Good value for money

Not great for

  • Crime rate is high, eg break ins and car theft, so be conscious of your security.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
mud
mud

Hi again guys! I might look in Orange myself..You sound like you like it.

progressor
progressor

Sounds pretty good from what I've heard. I am looking to move to Orange, is there anywhere I should rule out in regards to unsafe areas. Eg is there housing commission or well known crime areas in Orange?

alikat
alikat

avoid behind the industrial area (bunnings, BCF etc) there is trouble there but other than that orange is a lovely place if u have young children Alburt street child care is amazing

benlauren
benlauren

Hi Mud. Yep, love the facilities and the neighbours are great.

rhondam7
rhondam7

We were considering moving to Orange, but if crime is that much in the forefront of your mind, maybe we (retirees) should reconsider.

yuvala
yuvala

Hello, I would like to hear your opinion about the street Honeyman Dr
Thanks!

fe
fe

No chinese or indians please. I watched sydney go down the hole and it would break my heart to see orange in ruins.

susang11
susang11

Such a shame this racist ignorant comment appears here. My wonderful GP is Indian and grew up inOrange, by the way.

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"Quite pretty - but best for families"

I lived in Orange for 6 months to work at the local hospital - I was told to avoid the areas west of the train line and ended up living on Margaret Street. Orange is a pretty town with wide roads and the occasional traffic hold-up along the main road through town, and plenty of parks. There are mostly houses and units. There is a small Myers and all your usual retail suspects like Woolworths, Coles, Kmart and Big W. There is a mix of people here with your well-to-do, Mercedes driving families to Sudanese refugees to rowdy young miners. Plenty of pubs and fancy restaurants but not much else for a single non-drinker to do at night. I enjoyed the cafes, the cinema is alright and of course you can find a Chinese take-away or two. It can get really cold and snow in winter so do make sure you have good heating! What I liked the most was the fact that I got a clean and bright 1-bedroom unit with fridge, washing machine, dryer and secure attached garage for $200 per week. After living in cramped inner city apartments for the past few years, the space and peace was rather nice.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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"Good regional living"

Located on the Mitchell Highway, 260 kilometres west of Sydney, Orange has progressed into a vibrant town and boasts a great shoping strip including cafes and eateries.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"Tree change from Sydney to Orange. Love it !!"

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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