Prisoner of War Camp Site

This site is listed as one of the Top Heritage Sites in NSW. In 1944 over 1000 Japanese Prisoners of War (POW) staged a mass breakout that was the biggest in British and Australian War History. 231 Japanese POW and four Australians lost their lives during the breakout.

A walking trail goes through the camp ruins and a scale model of the camp is on display at the Cowra Visitors Centre. Also at the Visitor Information Centre is the P.O.W. theatre which is a nine minute presentation telling the story of the breakout from the perspective of a local resident.

Nearby events

  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. 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
  3. 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