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Escape to the Cowra region and discover why this area of Central NSW is one of the best kept secrets in NSW. Cowra is a scenic four hour drive from Sydney and a two hour drive from Canberra. Cowra offers a wealth of country experiences from relaxing along the extensive waterways to exploring the tranquil Japanese Garden, art galleries and museums. Take a trip down memory lane and experience Cowra's fascinating history. Re-live the great days of rail with a steam train ride or learn about the largest POW breakout in modern military history. Food and wine buffs can tour Cowra's ever-expanding vineyards or visit eateries to sample the superb local food and wine that is available. Where better to enjoy fine wine and delicious food than right where it is actually produced? Industries based in Cowra include a vegetable processing factory, an abattoir, farm machinery distributors and furniture manufacturers. Cowra has a vibrant and expanding retail and commercial centre. It boasts the services you would expect to find in a larger town while still retaining that wonderful feeling of country hospitality. The outlying areas are not to be overlooked with many hidden treasures to be found in the surrounding villages. The nearby town of Canowindra is known as the ballooning capital of Australia and a walk through the historic main street will reveal a world-class fossil museum, antique shops, specialty boutiques, art galleries and fashionable cafés. Also recognised for the quality of its wine, Canowindra has a number of cellar doors open for wine tasting.

Cowra: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Cowra Italy Friendship Monument


The Cowra Italy Friendship Monument was officially opened on Australia Day 1998 to celebrate the Italian link to Australia. In particular it was erected in recognition of the Italians POW's and Internees in Cowra during World War Two. Many of these people have since returned to Cowra and have spoken about their positive memories of their time in the town.




Kendal Street
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 0.1K from Cowra

The Cowra Heritage Walk


Stroll through Cowra's historic past. A brochure from the Cowra Visitors Centre sets out a heritage walk around Cowra that takes a leisurely hour, taking in sights like the old federation-style court house, the gothic stone St Raphael's church and Cowra Public School, built in 1882. See the town's first hotel, the old stone flour mill (1860) and Cowra's oldest home Ilfracombe (1879). Federation, Colonial and Victorian commercial buildings can all be seen in this gentle stroll around the town's business centre.




Cowra Central Business District
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 0.2K from Cowra

Cowra Regional Art Gallery


The Cowra Regional Art Gallery was established in September 2000 and is located in a cultural precinct which includes the Cowra Library, the Cowra Civic Centre, the Australian World Peace Bell and the Cowra Shire Council Chambers. The Gallery is purpose built with high ceilings, track lighting, art museum security and environmental controls.

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is committed to offering a broad range of curated and touring exhibitions derived from regional, state and national sources covering the visual arts, crafts and design including historical and contemporary themes and subjects.

The Gallery's varied program of high quality exhibitions includes painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, ceramics and glass as well as public programs, workshops and outreach activities for the enjoyment of the community and visitors alike.




77 Darling Street
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 0.2K from Cowra

Australia's World Peace Bell


Cowra is the home of Australia's World Peace Bell. Located in Civic Square, the Australian World Peace Bell is a replica of the one that stands in the forecourt of the United Nations Headquarters in New York as a reminder of the continual need for all nations to work for peace. The Australian World Peace Bell was awarded to Cowra in 1992 for its long standing contribution to world peace and international understanding. It is the only World Peace Bell in the world that is not located in a city.




Darling Street
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 0.2K from Cowra

Bellevue Hill Lookout


Comprising a large space for unstructured recreation, playground equipment, shaded picnic facilities, free barbecues and public amenities, Bellevue Hill Reserve is one of Cowra's most popular parks. To many local residents, the Reserve is referred to as 'Billy Goat Hill' after its steep nature and the goats that were once kept there.

At the top of the hill, you have a superb view of Cowra, which is nestled beside the meandering Lachlan River.




Bellevue Hill, Binni Creek Road
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 0.7K from Cowra

Memorial Avenue in Cowra


There's nothing like a living memorial to stir your soul. You'll find two impressive examples in Cowra when you drive down the "avenues of honour", located on the north and south of the Grenfell Road, and east and west of the Boorowa Road.

Four hundred trees were planted by the Women's Club in 1917 to represent all the young soldiers from Cowra and district who served in World War One. Their towering presence is a reminder of how far Australia has come since that war; their beauty is an uplifting reminder of the brave men and women who lost their lives fighting for freedom.




Grenfell and Boorowa Roads
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 0.9K from Cowra

Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre


Opened in 1979, the multi award-winning Cowra Japanese Garden is a 'must see' at any time of the year. The Garden's designer, Ken Nakajima, created the Kaiyushiki (strolling) Garden to symbolise the Japanese landscape. The rocky hillside, manicured hedges, waterfalls and streams, and the two lakes provide a serene environment for a myriad of birdlife. Special features of the Garden include a Bonsho Bell, a traditional Edo Cottage, an authentic open air Tea House and a Bonsai House.

The cultural centre showcases exhibitions from a variety of local and regional artists and has two galleries featuring an extensive collection of Japanese artworks and artefacts.

Take time to explore the five hectares of garden and enjoy its beauty and tranquillity. Feed the Koi carp from the viewing platforms overlooking the lakes. Hire an audio tour for an intimate and informative experience. Enjoy modern Australian and Japanese cuisine at the licensed cafe.




Ken Nakajima Place
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 1.0K from Cowra

Cowra: Events

Festival of International Understanding


The Festival of International Understanding is held each year to celebrate a guest nation with a festival parade, street stalls, and many other events and ceremonies throughout.


Event Dates
2017
      24th Mar
      25th Mar
      26th Mar
      27th Mar
      28th Mar
      29th Mar
      30th Mar
      31st Mar
      1st Apr
      2nd Apr

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Cowra Council
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 0.0K from Cowra

Cowra Christmas Street Festival


You're invited to celebrate the start of the festive season at Cowra Christmas Street Festival 2016. The largest Christmas Festival in the region, this year's event promises a night of magic for the young and young at heart.

Join Santa and his reindeers, as they guide you into an evening guaranteed to inspire the hearts and imaginations of everyone who attends once again, Squire Park is transformed into an enchanted Winter Wonderland where magic happens and Santa is patiently awaiting upon his sleigh for all the children to visit and tell him what they would like for Christmas.

Kendal Street is closed down and reopened as a twilight market place that will be jam-packed with locally handcrafted wares, soaps, jewellery, candles and more. This festival is the perfect time to tick off your Christmas shopping list with unique gifts that will be treasured.

It can be promised that the night will be packed with a variety of entertainment on the main stage and before heading home, be sure to stop by the Macquarie Street Food Court and grab yourself something for dinner!


Event Dates
2016
      16th Dec


Kendal Street
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 0.1K from Cowra

Cowra: Travel Tips

Cowra Visitor Information Centre


At the junction of Grenfell, Young and Boorowa Roads, you'll find Cowra's Visitor Information Centre, where all your questions about the region will be answered by their friendly and professional team.

The Visitor Information Centre can provide you with a range of information on local attractions, upcoming events, assistance with accommodation and other services as required.

Maps and brochures are also available, together with a selection of souvenirs, local produce, Cowra wines and other merchandise.




Olympic Park,
Mid Western Highway
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 1.0K from Cowra

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