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. Iandra Castle June Long Weekend Open Day

    Monday 01 April 2019 , Grenfell

    Iandra Castle is a large homestead near the village of Greenethorpe, about a 30 minute drive from Grenfell. Iandra Castle was built between 1908 and 1910 in the Federation Romanesque style by the pioneering engineer Edward Giles Stone. The…

    01 Apr
  2. Grenfell Picnic Races

    Event dates to be confirmed: April 2019 , Grenfell

    The Grenfell Picnic Races are back! Enjoy the friendly, country atmosphere of picnic racing. There will be six races, TAB facilities and marquee space available (No Bring Your Own alcohol), two full bars, canteen and live entertainment…

  3. The Cowra Eisteddfod

    Thursday 16 May 2019 to Monday 20 May 2019 , Cowra

    The Annual Cowra Eisteddfod will be held once again at the Civic Centre on Darling Street. With a large selection of sections and fantastic prizes on offer, this year is sure to be an amazing spectacle. For more information and to…

    16 May - 20 May
  4. Grenfell Rodeo

    Sunday 26 May 2019 , Grenfell

    Bromar Engineering presents the 2018 Grenfell Rodeo. A family friendly event showcasing local and out of town talent, with the main performance from 5pm. Food and bar stalls (strictly no Bring Your Own) with camping available at the…

    26 May