Orange NSW 2800

Trip Start May 18, 2004
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Trip End Jul 08, 2013


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Sunday, February 19, 2012

A new chapter of my life has just begun here in Orange. 

Orange, New South Wales
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange,_New_South_Wales 
You may wonder why the city is called "Orange". Actually, it has nothing to do with the citrus fruit. The city was named Orange after the Prince of Orange (later the King of Holland) by Sir Thomas Mitchell, an associate of the prince. I don't go into more details here, but the population is about 40,000, so it is a small city. Incidentally, Ushiku of Japan, which is famous for its Giant Buddha, is a sister city of Orange.

1. Neighbourhood: This is a real countryside. Obviously, there is nothing special to see but a vast plain and blue sky. You can also see horses, sheep, and cows in the ranches. Incidentally, the closest supermarket is 30 minutes' walk from my place and there is not even a single store on the way. 
 
2. Cook Park: You may think this is just a local park and I thought so at first. In fact, I found later that it is preserved as a National Trust site. This is the memorable first tourist attraction I visited in Orange. 

3. Orange Botanic Gardens: It seems that most of the Australian cities have botanic gardens and Orange also has ones. The Orange Botanic Gardens are not like a tourist attraction, but like gardens where locals relax on weekends. 

4. Orange Regional Gallery & Robertson Park: The gallery is small, located in the building complex with the public library. Admission is free for the permanent gallery and a few dollars for a special exhibition. Although I just tried the permanent gallery, I found a few great paintings. Robertson Park is centrally located in the town and many different events are held all year around. 

5. Young Farmers Challenge 2012: It's an agricultural basic technique competition held in the Charles Sturt University hockey field. It was very interesting to me, because I have never seen a competition like that in Japan. Incidentally, the competition was a qualifier round for the NSW Young Farmers Challenge.

6. Moulder Park: It's a beautiful park with a stream. Some outdoor exercise machines are available for free. Because it is a long-shaped park, it seems suitable for walking or jogging, too.

7. F.O.O.D Week Night Market 2012: F.O.O.D Week is one of the biggest events of Orange and a night market is held in Robertson Park on the first day of the event week. After paying a gold coin donation at a gate, you can enjoy different dishes at $5-6. I tasted three dishes: sweet potato ball, chicken sushi and Turkish bread with hummus. 

8. Orange Show 2012: It was held on May 5-6th in Orange Showground. I met a friend near the gate, but he didn't enter the ground because the entrance fee was hefty $15. I just walked around the venue, taking pictures of animals, people, displays and rides. Honestly, I didn't expect much from Eroni's Circus at first, but they were turned out to be pretty good and the best part of the Show

9. Supermoon (perigee full moon): On May 6th, the moon got closest to the earth. The moon looked 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual full moons. I had totally forgotten about the supermoon until I happened to see it while out for a walk. When I found it, it was surely bigger and brighter than usual.

10. Orange Regional Farmers Market & Apple Festival: The farmers market is a monthly event and the Orange Apple Festival is an annual event. On the 12th of May, two events were combined and held in Orange Showground. I was interested in apple bobbing, but it was only for kids and I couldn't try it...  Because apples were sold by the bucket and they were too heavy to carry home, I didn't buy them, either. I tasted bacon & cheese roll and it was enough for me. 
 
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