Nestled in the Central Tablelands of NSW, 260 km west of Sydney, Orange is a progressive city with a friendly country atmosphere. It is 863 m above sea level. The city’s 40,000 residents enjoy excellent retail, sporting, educational and health services. It’s located next to an extinct volcano, which makes it a picturesque and ideal hiking location. Orange is the centre of a large farming community, focused mostly on vineyards.
With a population over 40,000 and only a 3.5-hour drive from Sydney, nature-loving students will adore exploring Orange and surrounding towns while studying abroad.
- One of the few Australian cities with occasional snowfalls
- Amazing produce
- Wine region
- Affordable living
- Autumn colours!
In the early 1800s, Orange appears on the maps as village parish. They say Orange was most likely named by Major Thomas Mitchell as a tribute to Prince William of Orange (William III of England) with whom he had been associated during the Peninsular Wars in Spain.
Owing to its altitude, Orange has a temperate oceanic climate, with warm summers (though with chilly mornings) and cool winters with frequent morning frosts and even snowfall!
Spring (September – November) 3°C to 20°C
Summer (December – February) 12°C to 26°C
Fall (March – May) 3°C to 18°C
Winter (June – August) 0°C to 10°C
Getting Around Orange
There are multiple bus companies that operate in Orange as well as its surrounding towns such as Orange Buslines. If you are interested in traveling far distances you may also want to take a train. Otherwise, Orange may be a great location to have a car or a bicycle for the student who likes to be on the move.
What’s it like to study at Charles Sturt University’s Orange Campus?
Set in the foothills of Mount Canobolas, Orange has a relaxed country atmosphere combined with boutique shops, sporting facilities, and quality educational and health services.
CSU in Orange has a farm and a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including an award-winning health building. Small class sizes at Orange Campus ensure you get the best out of your study experience and quickly settle in to life at CSU, while outside the classroom, you can catch up with friends at the Templer’s Mill bar on campus.
- Networked library with 24-hour Learning Commons
- Wireless internet connection in hotspot locations
- Sporting and recreational facilities
- State-of-the-art pharmacy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation science and chemistry laboratories
- Modern gymnasium
- Vineyard and farm
- Dental and Oral Health Clinic and state-of-the-art teaching facilities
- Templer’s Mill bar and cafe
- The Ccampus has a variety of sporting and recreational facilities, including basketball, netball and tennis courts, a sporting field, gymnasium, and Templer’s Mill Bar where students can relax and socialize.
Find out more about the city of Orange.
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- In the autumn (March–April), head to Pinnacle Reserve and Lookout for some seasonal hues and views
- Adventure into the Verandah Cave
- Go hiking at Nangar National Park
- Take a roadie with a friend for some luxury glamping and limestone caves
- Have some local winery weekends (so many to choose from!)
- History buffs can enjoy the quaint and historic towns that surround Orange
- Pick your own fruit at a local farm
- On a warm day, head to Mount Canobolas for some pretty views and a dip
- Spend a weekend in Blue Mountains National Park
- Have a Sydney vacation and see what all the fuss is about