A Morning in Millthorpe, NSW

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Oh, it’s great to be young and in love!

Well, all right, I am 52 years old and just starting to fall in love, but still, I’m giddy on this fresh and sunny winter’s morning in the NSW Central West.

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Millthorpe, it’s you. So pretty, so rooted in the past yet more cool and trendy than I’ve ever been. Can some rub off on me?

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You are a place of tree change fantasies… my kids need to live in the country, the Sydney suburbs are strangling us all.

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Millthorpe is a tiny National Trust-listed village, just a short drive and 22km south of Orange. The village was established in the 1840s as agriculture developed in the local area, and had a burst of building around the 1890’s.

The buildings in Millthorpe have survived almost untouched, thanks to a recession after World War One.

The entire village seems hidden amongst the rolling hills, bypassed by the passing years. It’s absolutely charming.

Just over 1000 people live here, yet the village is chockfull of interesting little shops, groovy cafes and I hear of some great restaurants too, like Tonic on the corner of Pym and Victoria Street.

There are lovely gift shops, kitchen shops and toys shops, and a providore too.  I am realising that one morning will not be enough at all, so today will just be about a couple of cafes.

The photo above shows the inside of the Billot De Boucher cafe, a riot of stripes and spots, and a fine place to settle in for a cup of tea. There’s also a shop selling French homewares.

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And this photo below is of the Old Mill Cafe & Bakery.

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I hear it is very busy at weekends, but I am visiting on a sunny winter’s day in the late morning and it’s quiet.

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More About Millthorpe

To read about Millthorpe walks, accommodation, museum, and cafes and restaurants, visit these websites:

Millthorpe – Heritage with Style
A website made by the Millthorpe Village Committee


 The Millthorpe Markets
Held twice a year on the first Sunday of both April and December, these markets attract local producers and several thousand people. A great reason to visit Millthorpe and you help support the local publish school too.

So I’m wiping the crumbs off my chin, delighted to be spending so much time this year in this area, to be able to explore Millthorpe for a morning, well aware there will soon be an afternoon here, an evening, a few days stay.

What a treat. And I might just browse the real estate agent’s windows before I leave… this is the sort of secret village than encourages its lovers to steal away from their cities and escape to the country.

Here are a couple more photos, courtesy of Destination NSW.

Millthorpe near Orange

The providore and cafe on the main street

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Streetscape in Millthorpe

There’s nothing better than a bit of slow reconnoitring, is there?

No rsh, no agenda, just wandering and having a cuppa.


Happy exploring

Seana xx

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Posted on: August 23, 2016


  • Reply August 23, 2016

    Lydia C. Lee

    ooooh, this could be interesting….great pics (very inviting!)

  • Reply August 23, 2016

    Gourmet Getaways

    What a gorgeous little village. I feel terrible admitting that I’ve never been around the Orange area.
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Gourmet Getaways

    • Reply August 23, 2016

      Seana Smith

      It’s freezing cold here in winter, but very pretty and fresh and easy to get around. I’m here a lot but coming and going from Sydney (messy life at the moment) and now Sydney seems just too blooming busy.

  • Reply August 23, 2016


    I love country towns and this one looks gorgeous! Love the photo’s! 🙂

    • Reply August 23, 2016

      Seana Smith

      I’m seriously enjoying spending time here in the Central West and can feel a lifestyle change coming on.

  • Reply August 23, 2016


    Oh it looks like a gorgeous village 🙂

    • Reply August 23, 2016

      Seana Smith

      It is divine, Rachel… and in excellent news, I will be popping there again this week on Friday, fab.

  • This is just the type of village I like exploring! I will have to plan a trip there soon!

    • Reply August 23, 2016

      Seana Smith

      It’s so close to Orange, a good wee trip from there, or stay in Millthorpe and visit Orange from there.

  • Reply August 23, 2016


    That looks like a beautiful little town, I could spend hours exploring.

    • Reply August 23, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Me too, and hope to get back there again this week for another wee explore. Must get to the museum.

  • I’ve been there too, very early one morning on our way back to Sydney and it was very quiet then also! I would love to go back for some proper exploring – it’s like an untouched treasure, isn’t it?!

    • Reply August 23, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Yes, an absolute stunner Sammie, I felt as if I was being swept back in time. A real treat

  • Reply August 23, 2016

    Denyse Whelan Blogs

    Very tempting isn’t it to want to make the tree change..and then of course, SUMMER!! Oh so hot in the west as we found out when we lived all over remote NSW bush places in the 1970s. Maybe the odd getaway will help. Love the pics Seana xxx

    • Reply August 24, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Yes, I would miss the seaside, the beaches and the swimming if I ever lived inland full-time. I think we might do as you have an do a seachange to the countryside one day… space and more time is very appealling.

  • Oh how I wished my little country town looked as dreamy as this! We have about 500 people in my small town in the WA Wheatbelt region. I work in the Visitors Centre. The more and more I learn about what WA and Australia have to offer the more I’m wondering why go overseas when it’s all here!! Millthorpe is definitely on the list 🙂 #teamIBOT

  • Reply August 26, 2016

    JT Velikovsky

    How cool!!! Wonderful stuff Seana 🙂

    • Reply August 26, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Hello Joe! Lovely to meet you this morning and I was over the moon to be back in stunning Millthorpe, and meeting writers and talks words – fantastic.

  • Reply August 26, 2016


    Looks stunning! I’ve never been but am planning a trip now ?

    • Reply August 26, 2016


      That question mark was an emoji – just letting you know so you don’t think my punctuation is rubbish….

  • Reply August 27, 2016


    I tree changed here 10 years ago. It’s an open, welcoming community of all colours and persuasions. Highly recommended. Thanks for your wonderful article.

    • Reply August 28, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Thanks Samantha, I am seriously having dreams about moving to Millthorpe and sending my ten year old twins to your beautiful, historic primary school. We will see how we go.

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