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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!

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Darbys Falls: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 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 18.7K from Darbys Falls

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 18.8K from Darbys Falls

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 18.8K from Darbys Falls

Sakura Avenue


In 1988, as a bicentennial project, Cowra Shire Council, in conjunction with the Japanese Government, planted 1988 cherry blossom trees between the Cowra War Cemetery, the site of the Prisoner Of War Camp and the Japanese Gardens, as a sign of peace and reconciliation with the Japanese people. All trees are sponsored by Japanese businesses and citizens and Australian school children.

The drive from the Garden in Spring when the Cherry Blossoms are out is a highlight of the season.





Sakura Avenue
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 18.9K from Darbys Falls

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 19.0K from Darbys Falls

Darbys Falls: Events

Cowra Christmas Street Festival


You're invited to celebrate the start of the festive season at Cowra Christmas Street Festival 2017. 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
2017
      8th Dec


Kendal Street
Cowra, NSW, 2794

Located 18.8K from Darbys Falls

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