Cowra Area


Something for everyone

Whether you're a history buff, hot-air-balloon enthusiast or a foodie, Cowra has something to suit all tastes. It's the site of several World War II POW camps, is renowned for its Japanese Gardens, features many wineries and great restaurants, and is the perfect spot from which to go up, up and away!

  • Street parade, Grenfell
  • Lachlan River, Cowra

About Cowra

Cowra is famous as the site of a mass breakout of Japanese prisoners of war during World War II in 1944 – one of the most dramatic episodes in Australia's wartime history. Today, the town's Japanese Garden is popular, and you can visit the POW camps and war cemeteries.

The traditional owners of the land are the Wiradjuri Aboriginal people, who named their home Cowra, meaning ‘rocks'. Despite white explorers initially deeming the land uninhabitable, graziers and squatters successfully grew grain crops. Cattle farms and vineyards followed, and before long, the town was booming. Wineries and fine-dining establishments continue to flourish in this Country NSW's area.

Canowindra, the hot-air-ballooning capital of Australia, has a heritage-listed main street, good wineries, olive groves and orchards. The historic mining town of Grenfell is where the great Australian poet, Henry Lawson, was born. It's also a short drive to Weddin Mountains National Park, where you can enjoy bushwalking along well-marked trails.

Schedule your visit around one of the Cowra area's many events or book one of the popular tours. There are loads of accommodation options to suit every budget, too.


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Local areas

  • Cowra Cowra is gaining a reputation as a wine-producing region and source of specialty products.
  • Grenfell The historic goldmining town of Grenfell is the birthplace of famous Australian bush poet Henry Lawson.

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