Cowra Area

From colonial bushrangers to World War II prisoner of war camps to acclaimed wines, the Cowra region in the beautiful Lachlan Valley offers marvellous experiences. The river valley with its tranquil waterways is about four hours’ drive west of Sydney, via the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains.

With rich alluvial soils, the region produces abundant fresh produce. The Cowra wine region is celebrated for its premium grapes for award-winning wines. You’ll be delighted with the food and wine experiences, including tours, cellar doors, wine bars and the Cowra Wine Show Public Tasting.

Wine show - Cowra

The main town is Cowra, a delightful base for exploring this fascinating region of Country NSW. Cowra was the site of the largest prisoner of war breakout in modern military history, when more than a thousand Japanese soldiers attempted to escape en masse on August 5, 1944.

Cowra has since forged a special relationship with Japan. You can explore the breakout history and the Japanese relationship at various sites in Cowra, including the Prisoner of War Camp Site, the Japanese and Australian War Cemeteries, and the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre.

Japanese gardens - Cowra

For insights into Aboriginal cultural heritage, visit the Cowra Bridge Pylons for murals by local indigenous artist Kym Freedman of the history of the local Wiradjuri people. You’ll find many more things to do in nearby villages and in enchanting national parks. At Darbys Falls, southeast of Cowra, is one of the biggest telescopes available to the public at the Darbys Falls Observatory.

Explore bushranger Ben Hall’s life and the gold rush at the Grenfell Historical Museum in Grenfell, a historic goldmining town west of Cowra and the birthplace of great writer and bush poet Henry Lawson. Check out the events calendar for the Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival and other festivals, markets and shows in the region. There are farm tours to take and steam trains to board, as well.

Sunshine over Cowra

You’ll find plenty of accommodation options in the region, including classic pubs brimming with country charm. Natural attractions are drawcards to the region, too, with the meandering Lachlan River and Lake Wyangala great for fishing, kayaking and other water sports. Bushwalking and birdwatching are popular in Conimbla National Park and Weddin Mountains National Park.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Webers Circus

    Thursday 21 June 2018 to Sunday 24 June 2018 , Cowra

    Webers Circus is a fast paced fun filled family circus. Featuring miniature ponies, funny dogs, Wheel of Death and much more. Visit Webers Circus website for more details.…

    21 Jun - 24 Jun
  2. Weddin Workshop Month

    Sunday 01 July 2018 to Tuesday 31 July 2018 ,

    Workshops such as millinery, drawing, felting, weaving, bobbin lace making, mosaics and more. After a hugely successful start in 2017 the Weddin Workshops are back - but with a slight change. Workshops are now spread out over a whole month…

    01 Jul - 31 Jul
  3. Cowra Wine Show Public Tasting

    Saturday 14 July 2018 , Cowra

    Cowra is proud to have one of Australia's largest wine shows and the Public Tasting is a signature event on the Wine Show Calender. Test your wine tasting skills against expert judges and sample some of the best wines from Australia’s top …

    14 Jul
  4. Grenfell Agricultural Show

    Friday 31 August 2018 to Saturday 01 September 2018 , Grenfell

    The Grenfell Show is held annually and features old favourites including shearing competitions, yard-dog trials, tractor pull, wood chop, horses, photography, fruit and floral displays and livestock. If you haven't been to Grenfell, the s…

    31 Aug - 01 Sep
  5. Sakura Matsuri - Cherry Blossom Festival

    Saturday 22 September 2018 , Cowra

    Sakura Matsuri is a major event on Cowra's tourism calendar, celebrating the birth of spring. It attracts performers from across Australia and around the world. Locals, Australian and International visitors alike have the opportunity to exp…

    22 Sep
  6. Grenfell Jockey Club Races

    Saturday 22 September 2018 , Grenfell

    Grenfell Jockey Club Races are an annual community event with six races and thousands of dollars in prize money to be won. Entertainment includes children's rides, live music, 'Fashions in the Field' and a canteen and bar. A courtesy bus…

    22 Sep