It’s famous as the site of a break-out by Japanese POWs in 1944 (learn more at the Cowra Japanese Gardens and Cultural Centre), but Cowra is more than just its colourful past. Situated in the Lachlan Valley, the Cowra region offers tranquil waterways, a wealth of wineries, unforgettable food and wine experiences, and rolling farmlands. The perfect place to break free.
Blessed with rich alluvial soils, the region produces abundant fresh produce, with the Cowra wine region celebrated for its award-winning vintages. Enjoy top food and wine experiences, including tours, cellar doors, vineyard restaurants and the famous Cowra Wine Show Public Tasting.
Taste one of the many local wines at The Cowra Visitor Information Centre. You’ll also find a large range of regional produce perfect for your picnic hamper. Dine among the vines at Cowra’s Quarry Restaurant, where you can pair fresh ingredients with local wine.
Explore bushranger Ben Hall’s life and the gold rush at the Grenfell Historical Museum in Grenfell, a historic gold mining town. You can also follow a trail to find Hall’s remote cave hideout. At the Cowra Bridge Pylons, see murals by local indigenous artist Kym Freedman of the history of the local Wiradjuri people.
From steam trains to using one of the biggest telescopes available to the public at the Darby Falls Observatory, you’ll find plenty of family attractions. Check out the events calendar for festivals, markets and shows.
The Cowra wine region is perfect for a delicious escape. Enjoy tours of acclaimed organic wineries and taste wine at boutique cellar doors. You’ll also discover classic country pubs and local restaurants where the menus feature local produce grown on innovative eco-agricultural farms.
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