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Cowra is a beautiful town located in the central west region of NSW
Here are 8 of the many things you can see and do while visiting Cowra:

1. Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre

The Japanese Garden is a stunning oasis of tranquillity and beauty, and is one of Cowra’s major attractions. It features a koi pond, a tea house, and several walking paths, all designed in traditional Japanese style.

Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre
Ken Nakajima Place Cowra NSW 2794
Ph Garden: 02 6341 2233
Ph Cafe: 02 6342 5222

2. Cowra Prisoner of War Camp

This historic site is where over a thousand Japanese prisoners of war were held during World War II. You can learn about the history of the camp through displays and exhibits, and also see the Japanese and Australian War Cemeteries.

Cowra Prisoner of War Camp
Sakura Avenue, Cowra NSW 2794  
Ph 02 6342 4333

3. Cowra Regional Art Gallery

This gallery showcases contemporary art exhibitions and collections, and has an impressive collection of works by Australian artists.

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Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street Cowra NSW 2794
Ph 02 6340 2190
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-2pm, Closed Monday.

4. Australia’s World Peace Bell

“Recognised by the World Peace Bell Association in 1992, the bell is proudly housed in Cowra’s Civic Square where visitors can read the interpretive signage, listen to the audio presentation and even ring the bell itself.

A ceremony is held on World Peace Day – 3rd Tuesday in September – to mark the opening of the Disarmament at the United Nations.”

Accessible at all times and admission is free.
Civic Square, Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794
Ph 02 6342 4333      

5. Cowra Darby’s Falls Observatory

The observatory offers a unique and educational experience for visitors of all ages, with its powerful telescopes and knowledgeable guides. You can learn about the night sky and see stars, planets, and galaxies up close.

Darby’s Falls Observatory
23 Observatory Rd, Off Mt McDonald Road,
Darbys Falls 2793
Ph 02 6345 1900
“The observatory has one of the largest telescopes available to the public. Darby’s Falls Observatory is open every night, weather conditions permitting and at other times by appointment.”

6. Cowra Wine Region

Photo © Destination NSW

Cowra has a growing wine industry, and you can explore the local wineries and vineyards, and enjoy wine tasting.

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Cowra Wine Region
Ph 02 6342 4333

“The Cowra Wine Region is home to some of the most exceptional wine tasting experiences and wineries in NSW. Our boutique wine region is renowned for producing award-winning wines with a strong leaning towards organic practices. With warm days, cool nights, and dry, late summers, our vignerons are able to grow superior grape varieties. Combine this with our producers passion for perfection and you have the recipe for some of the most outstanding wines in Australia.”

7. Lachlan River

The Lachlan River runs through Cowra, and offers a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, canoeing, and picnicking along its banks.

The river rises on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in the Southern Tablelands of NSW and is formed by the joining of Hannans Creek and Mutmutbilly Creek, 13 km east of Gunning, and 26 km west of Goulburn. The river flows generally north-west, north, west and south-west, joined by thirty-seven tributaries including the Crookwell, Abercrombie, Boorowa, and Belubula rivers before terminating near Oxley in the 500-square-kilometre Great Cumbung Swamp that then joins the Murrumbidgee River. The Lachlan descends 632 metres in its 1,440-kilometre course.

Photo © Destination NSW

8. Cowra Civic Centre

The Civic Centre is a modern facility that hosts a range of performances, shows, and events throughout the year.

Cowra Civic Centre
104 Darling Street Cowra NSW 2794
Ph 02 6340 2130
“The Cowra Civic Centre regularly hosts live performances, cinema screenings, civic events, balls and seminars. The centre has two spaces – the main auditorium seating 335 people and the theatrette seating up to 80 people.”

In addition to these activities and attractions, Cowra has many great cafes, restaurants, and accommodations to suit all budgets.

Overall, Cowra is a charming and picturesque destination that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Cowra Japanese Gardens © John O’Neill
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