Discover Cowra and discover a wealth of experiences - the great outdoors, vineyards, adventure and hot air ballooning.
Cowra has a number of true country experiences from relaxing along the extensive waterways to exploring the tranquil Japanese Garden. Take a trip down memory lane and experience Cowra's fascinating history, from the days of steam trains to the largest Prisoner Of War breakout in modern military history.
Food and wine buffs can tour Cowra's boutique vineyards to sample the superb local food and wine available. Where better to enjoy fine wine and delicious food than right in the heart of where it is actually produced.
Cowra has a vibrant and expanding retail and commercial centre. It boasts the services you would expect to find in a larger town while still retaining that wonderful feeling of country hospitality.
Visit Cowra and discover what it means to escape….
We welcome you all to Wiradjuri Country.
The Cowra Region is part of the Wiradjuri language group, the largest in NSW which covers most of the State.
Connection to Country is important to our community in remembering the history of our ancestors, our elders and our sense of belonging.
Our local Wiradjuri community continues its strong connection to the land. The Lachlan River (Kalari) has significant meaning to the Wiradjuri people through stories, songs and art.
The Aboriginal Murals painted on the pylons of the bridge over the Lachlan River are the creations of Kym and Trish Freeman and the local community. The artwork symbolises the animals and local landscapes around Cowra.
The murals are a shared project, with both local families and school children contributing their personal stories and handprints.
The Gugaa, or goanna, is the Wiradjuri Totem.
Take time to sit quietly at the river or at Billy Goat (Bellevue) Hill and make your own connection with our Wiradjuri Country.
Cowra is home of the largest prisoner of war breakout in modern military history. At 1.50am on 5 August 1944, over 1000 Japanese prisoners launched a mass escape from the Prisoner of War Campsite. 234 Japanese prisoners and 5 Australian soldiers’ lives were lost.
From this violent beginning, a journey of reconciliation and friendship between the people of Cowra and the nation of Japan has developed and continues to grow. Discover our historical sites and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre during your stay.
The ultimate tranquil experience, the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre is a peaceful space in which you can indulge your senses, unwind and enjoy natural beauty all year round. Take the time to explore the 5 hectares of manicured garden, serene lakes and cascading streams with sweeping views of Cowra’s countryside and beyond.
Cowra is home to some of the most exceptional wine tasting experiences in NSW. From garage cellar doors to distinct historical buildings and vineyard art galleries, our vineyards are an enriching encounter.
Warm days, cool nights and dry, late summers allow our vignerons to grow superior grape varieties. Their passion for perfection has resulted in many accolades, including “Best Red” in NSW and many other gold medals and trophies in Australia and overseas.
There are over 40 vineyards dotted around the Cowra, Billimari and Canowindra area.
Many of them offer boutique cellar door tastings, the chance to chat to local vignerons, see our winemakers at work and sample some of this country’s most promising wines.
Wyangala Dam is the perfect location to relax and unwind with family and friends. Spend a week, weekend or simply a day and enjoy all that this stunning park has on offer.
When at capacity, the Dam is 2.5 times the size of Sydney Harbour and offers the ideal space for water sports of all types, boating, fishing, canoeing or simply unwinding with a picnic on the sandy banks with family and friends.