Cowra is in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia, located on the banks of the Lachlan River. A scenic four hour drive from Sydney or just two hours drive from Canberra.
Cowra is one of 18 regions in the Highway West family linking the Blue Mountains, Central Tablelands and Central West towns of NSW together, providing a guided circuit tour of the areas. The Cowra Town & Around website will continue to grow. providing comprehensive information on -
Cowra attractions and activities - Cowra accommodation, food and wine, businesses and shopping and information about the Cowra community and it's surrounding towns and villages.
Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival - each September - a Japanese celebration heralding the arrival of spring.
Cowra Annual Spring Show - each September
Cowra Cork and Fork - each November
Cowra Farmers & Craft Markets - Cowra Showground 3rd Saturday of each month.
During World War II Cowra was the site of a prisoner of war camp with most of the detainees being Japanese and Italian military personnel. In 1944 there was a mass suicidal breakout of over 500 Japanese prisoners with 231 killed and then buried in a Japanese section of the cemetery. In 1948 Members of the RSL put the past behind them and assumed the responsibility for the care of these graves, showing an attitude of peace and friendship that prompted the Japanese to re-bury all their war dead from throughout Australia, at Cowra.
Cowra is home to the Australian replica of the UN's World Peace Bell, an honour normally reserved for a nation's capital city, it was awarded to Cowra in recognition of its unique contribution to international understanding, promotion of peace and as a centre of world friendship.
A further development of Cowra's unique friendship with Japan are The Cowra Japanese Gardens, opened in 1979. A multi award winning attraction - a 5 hectare traditional Japanese garden, bonsai house, cultural centre with Japanese arts and crafts, an open air tea house, working pottery house and a restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Definitely a 'must see' at any time of the year.
Relax along the extensive waterways of the Lachlan River and the Wyangala State Recreation Area, explore the tranquil Japanese Garden, art galleries, museums and tour Cowra's ever expanding vineyards - over 40 vineyards in the region.
Discover Cowra's fascinating history, from the days of steam trains to the largest Prisoner Of War breakout in modern military history.
Food and wine buffs can enjoy superb local food and fine wine that is available right in the heart of where it is produced.
The vibrant retail and commercial centre provides all the services of larger towns with true country hospitality.
Wyangala Waters State Park
World Peace Bell, Cowra NSW
Japanese War Cemetery, Cowra NSW
Boating, fishing at Wyangala Waters State Park - Cowra NSW
Cowra Prisoner of War (POW) Camp.
Cowra wineries first developed in the 1970s. The original Chardonnay grape grown, has established Cowra as a quality grape growing region with over 40 vineyards in the region.
2012 will be the 29th anniversary of the Cowra Wine Show - one of the largest wines shows held in Australia.