Cowra Tourism


Address:  Mid Western H'way Cowra NSW
Contact No:  02 6342 4333

(POW Theatre)
Your visit to Cowra is not complete without calling into the Cowra Visitor Information Centre to view the hologram presentation within the Prisoner of War Theatre.  In this free theatre, you will hear the story of the 1944 Cowra Breakout as told by local girl Clare. Local children refer to Clare as the Cowra Fairy due to her miniature stature.  Her personal story is moving, the imagery real and the result is a breathtaking depiction that will transfix both young and older visitors.

(POW Breakout Site)
Historical sites to visit in Cowra include the Prisoner of War Camp and Guard Tower site.  This fully accessible area complete with a replica Guard Tower and audio presentation including a interview with  former Prisoner of War Camp Guard Ron Ferguson allows visitors to get a feel for what camp life was like and the significance of the events that occurred on the morning of August 5th 1944.

(War Cemeteries)

The Australian and Japanese War Cemeteries are beautifully maintained and considered a showpiece of modern military cemeteries.  Established in 1964, this is the only Japanese War Cemetery to be retained in Australia.  We encourage visitors of all ages to visit and pay your respects at this solemn place.

(World Peace Bell)
The World Peace Bell is a must see when in Cowra, awarded to Cowra in 1992 for the regions efforts of promoting peace and understanding. The World Peace Bell is located in Cowra’s Civic Square (outside of Council Chambers) there is a audio stream at the site where visitors can learn the story of the Bell and it’s significance to the Cowra community
(Cowra 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. Located opposite the World Peace Bell, the Cowra Art Gallery offers free admission
(Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre)
Tranquil. It's the perfect word to describe Cowra's Japanese Garden. You can't help but feel completely at peace when you walk through the lush gardens and cascading streams which represent the landscapes of Japan: where the hill is a mountain, streams are the rivers and the ponds inland lakes and the sea.  Schools and coaches are offered discount rates. We also  provide an itinerary to suit their group needs if required. A range of activities is offered to school bookings including kite flying, Cultural Centre Tour and traditional toy demonstrations, all adding to the unique cultural and spiritual experience.
(Lachlan Valley Railway)
Lachlan Valley Railway is a non-profit, railway preservation society based in the NSW Central Western town of Cowra. We are a passionate and dedicated society devoted to the preservation and operation of various examples of New South Wales Government Railway trains, ranging from our operational steam and diesel locomotives, to our fleet of heritage passenger railway carriages, and our diesel ‘Tin Hare’ CPH railmotors.
(Wyangala Dam)
The 'Jewel in the crown of the Central West', Wyangala Waters is a favourite picnic area and holiday destination.  Relax in comfortable accommodation or on the water in a houseboat, take a bushwalk or cast a line for some fishing.  With a catchment area of 8,300 square kilometres and a dam capacity of 1,217,600 megalitres, the surface area of the dam is two and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour and is a favourite for water sports.  There are many walking trails through the bush or go mountain bike riding. Canoe around the foreshores any time of year.

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