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The village of Darby's Falls is located approximately 20 kilometres south-east of Cowra on the way to Wyangala Dam. The village itself does not include any shops or service stations so be sure to get your supplies in Cowra before heading out. The low level bridge on the edge of town offers easy access to the Lachlan River for canoes.

Darby's Falls Observatory is the primary reason for visiting the village. The observatory boasts one of the largest telescopes available to the public. The astronomers will reveal the wide universe and show visitors around the night sky, pointing out things like the moon, planets, galaxies, star clusters and nebulae. Darby's Falls Observatory is open every night, weather conditions permitting and at other times by appointment.

Local legend tells it that this is the site where a man named Darby fell off his horse!

Darbys Falls

Darbys Falls: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Darbys Falls Observatory


At Darbys Falls Observatory visitors can explore the universe with one of the largest telescopes available to the public, a 500 millimetre Newtonian. Also available are the 400 millimetre, 300 millimetre and 200 millimetre F10 Schmidt-Cassegrain instruments, a six inch refractor and a flat screen planetarium.

The astronomers will show you around the night sky, pointing out the splendours of the heavens, including the Moon, planets, galaxies, star clusters, Saturn and its spectacular rings, Jupiter and its four moons and nebulae. Open every night, conditions permitting.




Observatory Road
Darbys Falls, NSW, 2793

Located 1.3K from Darbys Falls

Cowra Military and Migrant Camps


The history of Cowra is marked by stories of the military and migrants from World War Two. Between 1940 and the end of the war, the Cowra Military Camp trained some 80,000 military personnel. After World War Two, the camp became home to between 17,000 and 19,000 new Australians in the form of the Cowra Migrant Camp.

Whilst the campsite itself, on the eastern side of town, is now private land, a memorial has been erected in honour of the migrant families of Cowra in Europa Park, east of Cowra on the Sydney Road. There is also a memorial on Military Parade to mark the location of the Military Camp.




Military Parade
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 15.8K from Darbys Falls

Cowra Fun Museum


Located just four kilometres from the town centre, Cowra Fun Museum offers an extensive collection of war, rail and rural memorabilia housed in a two-acre covered complex. Special features of the museum include a Cowra prisoners of war display with original artefacts, 14 working steam engines, fire engines, tanks, a massive model train layout and antique shop.

Free guided tours are available and free photographs taken. Coach groups are specially catered for.




10291 Mid Western Highway
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 16.9K from Darbys Falls

Lachlan Valley Railway


A unique railway museum featuring an authentic (circa 1923) Locomotive Depot and Steam Roundhouse. Entry is by voluntary donation and DVDs, books and souvenirs can be purchased from the main entry building. Barbecue facilities, toilets and rest areas are available.

The railway lines around Cowra have been closed by the State Government, but the Lachlan Valley Railway (LVR) regularly conducts special train trips around the State, visiting many beautiful and historic towns and villages. For these trips the LVR uses restored heritage carriages with diesel and steam locomotives.

The CPH Railmotors generally operate out of Cootamundra to various towns around the local area for the general public and private charters.





3 Campbell Street
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 17.7K from Darbys Falls

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 18.6K from Darbys Falls

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 18.6K from Darbys Falls

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 18.7K from Darbys Falls

Darbys Falls: Events

Queen's Birthday Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular


Celebrate Her Majesty's birthday with a huge bonfire and dazzling fireworks! Live entertainment from Josh Maynard, Luke Harveyson, and Ernie Burgers, jumping castle, hot food, beverages, the bonfire, glow sticks - all from 4pm and free to enjoy. Fireworks display after dark.

Make it an all-day event with lawn bowls from 9:30am and golf from 10am (greens fees apply).

Visit website or Facebook page for specific details.


Event Dates
2016
      12th Jun
      12th Jun


Sixth Avenue
Wyangala Dam, NSW, 2808

Located 10.6K from Darbys Falls

Harvest in the Park


Come along to Harvest in the Park - a new Saturday morning market-style event at Brougham Park, promoting the talents and products of the Central Ranges and surrounds.

Harvest in the Park showcases many and varied stalls from across the wider region including food, wine, art and craft, condiments, and entertainment in a beautiful Cowra setting. A classic community event for a gold coin entry fee.

Stallholders, producers, artists, and community groups are all welcome to apply for a stall at Harvest in the Park - the more the merrier!


Event Dates
2016
      29th Oct


Brougham Street
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 18.3K from Darbys Falls

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