Attractions and What's On

Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre

Japanese Gardens.

The Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre is a tangible monument to peace and reconciliation between two countries. The principle object and purpose of the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre is the promotion of Japanese design including; landscape, garden and built form design, Japanese crafts, Japanese movable cultural heritage and to support and advance the cultural relations between the people of the Cowra Shire in New South Wales and the people of Japan.

Opening Hours: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm everyday except Christmas Day

Address: Ken Nakajima Place, Cowra NSW 2794

Phone: 02 6341 2233

Prisoner of War Campsite

Prisoner of war campsite.

At 1.50 am on the clear moonlit night of August 5, 1944, the largest Prisoner of War breakout in modern military history occurred at Cowra. More than 1000 Japanese prisoners launched a mass 'suicide attack' on their guards, Australian soldiers of the 22nd Garrison. The Garden is connected to the site of the Breakout and former Prisoner of War Camp by Sakura Avenue. Translating to Cherry Tree Avenue in English, this commemorative drive connects the Cowra Japanese Garden with the site of the POW Camp and continues on to the Australian and Japanese War Cemetery.

Address: Sakura Avenue, Cowra NSW 2794

Phone: 02 6342 4333

World Peace Bell

World peace bell.

Usually erected in a nation’s capital city, The Australian World Peace Bell was awarded to Cowra in 1992 for its long standing contribution to world peace and international understanding. Capital cities usually reserve the right to erect the World Peace Bell, however Cowra's commitment to the World Peace Bell's objectives has meant Cowra was awarded the honour. The Bell is made of coins provided by 103 member countries of the United Nations, which were melted down and cast into the Bell.

Address: Civic Square, Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794

Phone: 02 6342 4333


POW Theatre and Hologram

POW Hologram.

The P.O.W. Theatre is a 9 minute hologram that recounts the tragic story of the Cowra Breakout in 1944. The Theatre is a small tin hut that is a replica of the Nissen huts found at the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp during World War II. The hologram is a young woman who tells the story from a local perspective while interacting with original artefacts from the Camp. The presentation is aimed at raising awareness of the historical significance of Cowra in modern military history and in encouraging visitation to other local attractions and locations of historical importance.

Address: Visitor Information Centre, Mid Western Highway, Cowra

Phone: 02 6342 4333

Wyangala Dam

Wyangala Dam.

The village of Wyangala is an absolute adventure playground. For starters, it’s the hub of Wyangala Waters Holiday & Recreation Park. There’s also a nine-hole golf course and tennis court available for visitors. After a day of fishing and water sports you can relax with a meal and a drink at the Wyangala Country Club. Or pack a picnic and head to Dissipater Park, which is located right at the base of the dam wall. It’s a spectacular backdrop for any occasion.

Address: Wyangala Waters Holiday & Recreation Park, Wyangala Dam NSW 2808

Phone: 02 6345 0877

Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is committed to offering a broad range of curated and touring exhibitions derived from regional, state and national sources covering the visual arts, crafts and design including historical and contemporary themes and subjects. The Gallery’s varied program of high quality exhibitions includes painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, ceramics and glass as well as public programs, workshops and outreach activities for the enjoyment of the community and visitors alike.

Address: 77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794

Phone: 02 6340 2190

Iandra Castle

Iandra Castle.

Iandra Castle was established by George Henry Greene from 1878-1911, and represents a rare example of complete feudal-like estate, modelled on the English Manor System. It has no equal in New South Wales or Australia. The nearby village of Greenthorpe was built by Greene for his tennants. Greene pioneered share farming in NSW in 1892, and soon after the turn of the century, the Iandra estate produced the largest yield of wheat for that time - 100,000 bags.

Address: Iandra Castle, Greenethorpe, NSW

Phone: 02 6383 9241

National Parks

National Park.

From bushwalking and picnics in stunning National Parks, to canoeing along the Lachlan River or exploring our country lanes on a bicycle, there are many ways to enjoy the beautiful Cowra region.


* Conimbla National Park

* Goobang National Park

* Nangar National Park

* Weddin National Park

Phone: 1300 361 967

Rose Garden

Rose Garden.

The Cowra Rose Garden contains approximately 880 bushes of 130 varieties including a bed of the beautiful Cowra Rose. The garden was recommended by Ben Swane of Swane’s Nursery in 1987. He proposed landscaping the then new Visitor Information Centre as a Rose Garden tourist attraction for Cowra and the district.

Admission: The rose garden is accessible at all hours at no cost.


Address: Corner of Mid Western Highway, Young Road and Boorowa Road, Cowra

Phone: 02 6342 4333

Cowra Rail Heritage Centre

Cowra Rail Heritage Centre.

With the closure of the Cowra locomotive depot the responsibility for its preservation passed to the Lachlan Valley Railway Society which has maintained a presence there since 1977. Within a few months the roundhouse precinct have been transformed with extensive track resleepering and gardens, setting things up just in time for the Centennary of Railways to Cowra which took place on October 1986.

Opening Hours: 9am-5pm every day except Christmas Day

Address: 3 Campbell St, Cowra NSW 2794

Phone: (02) 6342 4999

Darbys Falls Observatory

Darby's Falls Observatory is the primary reason for visiting the village. The observatory boasts one of the largest telescopes available to the public. The astronomers will reveal the wide universe and show visitors around the night sky, pointing out things like the moon, planets, galaxies, star clusters and nebulae. Darbys Falls Observatory is open every night, weather conditions permitting and at other times by appointment.



Cowra Van Park

2a Lachlan Street

COWRA  NSW  2794


Ph: 02 6342 1627




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