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Cowra Things to Do

  • INFORMATION CENTRE & P.O.W. THEATRE

    I know I always say go to the visitor centre first to pick up free maps, brochures and to buy postcards and souvenirs, to book tours and get help, but here at the Cowra Info centre is an added attraction and a MUST VISIT!We had been told by another Caravanner not to miss coming here and seeing the P.O.W. Theatre.The P.O.W. Theatre is a the far end...

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  • FLORA & FAUNA AT COWRA

    It was late April and it wasn't native flowers I saw, but beautiful Proteas and Leucadendrons at Bellevue Hill Look-out.Planted all around the granite rocks at the look-out were many varieties of these plants, all of them flowering profusely, what a picture they made! Both the Protea and Leucadendron are natives of South Africa, but grow very well...

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  • FIND THE RHINO!

    To help the Taronga Park Zoo and Western Plains zoos, a herd of 125 Rhinos and their small calves in the form of sculptures were painted by artists in 2014. This was done to help raise awareness of the plight facing Rhinos through poaching and habitat loss. After being on display, the Rhinos were auctioned off to provide valuable funds for...

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  • THE JAPANESE GARDENS & CULTURAL CENTRE

    I have visited many Japanese gardens in my time, but the one in Cowra still remains in my mind as THE BEST! Guess what! I haven't seen it at its best when the Rhododendrons and Azaleas are flowering, nor the Cherry blossom!I have been to these gardens twice and enjoyed them both times, was going again but the rain put an end to that! All my photos...

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  • JAPANESE WAR CEMETERY

    The Japanese War Cemetery was established in Cowra at the request of the Japanese Government and is the only one in Australia. Established in 1964, it includes the Japanese involved in the Prisoner of War breakout during World War II, as well as other internees and those involved with the battle of Darwin. Thirteen of these are unidentified...

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  • THE POW CAMP

    Located in the Peace Precinct and to the north of the Cultural Centre, Sakura Ave lead us to where the remnants of the famous POW camp were. We saw a memorial cairn and a monument to the Italians who took no part in the Japanese escape.This camp began operating in June, 1941, specially built to house POWs brought to Australia from overseas.Some of...

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  • BELLEVUE HILL LOOKOUT & FAUNA RESERVE.

    If you have the chance, come to Bellevue Hill Lookout and Fauna Reserve. The look-out was excellent, as for fauna, I didn't see any, perhaps later in the day......It's adjacent to the lookout, look for the walking track!The views are over the town of Cowra and the pretty Lachlan valley of which the Lachlan River flows and through Cowra. There is a...

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  • COWRA PEACE PRECINCT

    The Cowra Peace Precinct we drove around, probably the best way as it covers quite an area. For those of you who are fitter, a walking/cycling trail wends its way around the area. It is in the area where you will find the Guard tower, remains of buildings during from WWII, new sculptures linking Japan with Cowra, the beautiful Japanese gardens and...

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  • ST. RAPHAEL'S CATHOLIC CHURCH

    There has been three St. Raphael's Churches standing here, I think this may just be the last new one for quite a while!The foundation stone was made up of stones from the previous Church. In 1938, work began on a Church with Romanesque architecture, Spanish tiles and lovely façade. The 86 foot tall Tower contains a bell nearly 200 years old with...

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  • REID SMITH & CO. BUILDING

    Located on the corner of Macquarie and Kendal streets is another lovely building. This is the Reid Smith building from 1924. Even though it's not that old, it has nice architecture and is painted - pink!Reid Smith store was where you came to buy anything and everything, this store stocked the works! It was good to read that during the Depression...

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  • FAGAN BUILDINGS

    The photo on the information plaque showed a very busy street full of people and horse and drays in 1916. No wonder many people were here as they had come to listen to Australian Prime Minister, "Billy Hughes" who was addressing the crowd on the 1916 Conscription Referendum!Looking at the photo and at the building I could see the beautiful filigree...

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  • SQUIRE PARK

    As I walked along Kendal street, I found Squire Park, a small area of green squashed between the buildings, a little oasis in the main street! This Community Rest area has Free Toilets that are open 24hours. There's a shelter to eat your lunch under and some benches.What I didn't notice on may way in, but I did on the way out, was the sculpture on...

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Cowra Hotels

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  • Alabaster Motel Cowra

    20-22 Lynch Street, Cowra, 2794, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Country Comfort Cowra

    164 Kendal Street, Cowra, 2794, Australia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Flag Inn Civic Motor Inn

    Young Road, Cowra, 2794, Australia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Cowra Restaurants

  • Something different

    I’m happy to say that I was unsure whether this should be a ‘Restaurant’ or a ‘Shopping’ tip. Maybe you’d care to take it as both.We visited as part of our car club event, but the Smokehouse is open to the public daily. What do they do? Well, they produce a particularly tasty range of smoked foods using local produce, ranging from trout and chicken...

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  • The best local food and wines

    The Quarry Restaurant is located 5km from Cowra on the Boorowa Rd. It has been the home of gourmet food and fine wines in Cowra for around 15 years, and is the best place to eat in this small town. The chef uses the best local produce, including trout, lamb and locally grown vegetables.The wine list includes the majority of local vineyards in the...

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Cowra Transportation

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    Public Transport

    by tiabunna Updated Apr 12, 2007

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    As with many Australian country towns, public transport to Cowra and Canowindra is not particularly good. They are no longer served by passenger trains and there is no airport. The only way to reach these towns is by bus/coach.

    “Countrylink” is the transport service across New South Wales, linking the surviving rail services with coach services to all manner of places, including Cowra and Canowindra. If you visit the website below, you will be able to find the details of travel times and fares and, should you wish, make a reservation. Expect that the trip from Sydney, which involves a change at Lithgow from train to bus, will take about six hours.

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    Mulyan Garage Cellars: Visit a vineyard cellar door

    by tiabunna Updated Apr 13, 2007

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    It was late in the day after a busy car club programme, when someone suggested we head out to the Mulyan Garage Cellars to test their wines. Never one to knock back a good idea such as that, we promptly joined in and I’m very glad we did.

    The tasting room in Mulyan Garage Cellars is in a former garage, erected by a former owner to house his racing motor cars in the 1920s. Outside, it’s guarded by a giant metal crab, fashioned from old farm items. Inside, it’s totally refurbished, only some photos provide testament to its former use. What a marvellous setting too, looking out over the vineyards. I’m glad it’s now open to the public.

    Their advert says that these are award winning wines. I didn’t ask about the awards, but I certainly enjoyed tucking into … oops, try again… sampling the chardonnay, merlot and shiraz wines on offer. There are two ranges of wines, ‘Mulyan’ and ‘Bushrangers Bounty’. Both were enjoyable, but the line of bottles on the counter became steadily longer as we continued our sampling. You may be assured that I was doing all thish only in the intereshts of reporting on the exerchise for my palsh at VT! Hic!

    In all seriousness, the wines were very good quality and value. We all took home several bottles and I’d certainly suggest you pay a visit. The MGC also sells a range of local jams, olive oils and other produce. I should also note that there are quite a few other wineries in this area to help add interest to your visit – the Information Office can provide details.

    Main photo:View across the vineyards from the cellar door
    Second photo:The metal crab guarding the door
    Third photo:The line of bottles on the bar – all needed testing!
    Fourth photo:One that we purchased
    Fifth photo:The former garage in the vineyards.

    What to buy: Wine, local produce

    What to pay: Wines range from about $15A upward. Hours are 1000-1700 weekends and public holidays, please phone ahead to make arrangements to be met on weekdays.

    View across the vineyards from the cellar door The metal crab guarding the door The line of bottles on the bar One that we purchased The former garage in the vineyards
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Cowra Local Customs

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    Reverse angle parking

    by tiabunna Written Apr 15, 2007

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    The joys of having light traffic and wide streets! Cowra has reverse angle parking, something I think is unique to a number of inland towns in New South Wales. Just pull over to the side of the traffic lane, then reverse the vehicle back to the kerb at the appropriate angle (about 45 degrees). If there is any traffic, they will go past as you reverse, wondering where the kerb on the diagonal side of the vehicle may be and how high it is. Usually it’s best to stop just before reaching the kerb, because if the kerbs are high a lowish vehicle sometimes makes unpleasant contact... Still, this arrangement does maximise the number of parking spots in the street and departures are easy!

    Things aren’t usually as ‘busy’ looking as they are in the main photo. Here, the 4WD is waiting to exit when the traffic has passed – meanwhile the red car is waiting for the parking spot to become vacant. Usually the street looks a little more as it is in the second photo, where the car on the left is in the process of parking.

    Parking and traffic in Cowra Cowra's main street
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Cowra Tourist Traps

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    Pigs might fly!

    by tiabunna Updated Apr 14, 2007

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    Here’s a nice little trap for motoring tourists in Cowra. If you enter the carpark to the Information Office from the Lachlan Valley Way, it is possible to depart to the Olympic Highway: the same road leads from the adjacent MacDonalds. As you leave, you will see the view in the main photo: watch that bend!

    What is somewhat less obvious, until you enter the bend in the road, (second photo) is that despite appearances and what you might expect from the double yellow lines, should you go directly ahead you are entering a one way road. There are no signs to say NO ENTRY as you would normally expect. We watched this car (and two others) fall into this trap within a five minute period – it seems that you are supposed to enter the one-way truck parking area to the left and exit through there (and where that exits to the street there are ‘NO ENTRY’ signs)!

    One of our car club pals found all this out the expensive way, when he received a ‘ticket’ from the local gendarme for ‘disobeying a one-way sign’. Yes, the police are well aware of the trap and lurk in the area (red car photo 3) – a great way to keep up their quota of bookings! Yes, I’ve been reassured the police don’t have ‘bookings quotas’ – somehow I suspect the response to that is ‘pigs might fly’, otherwise if they consider safety a real issue, why do they not simply tell the authorities to change either the road arrangement or make the signage clearer?

    This is certainly the most blatant tourist trap I’ve seen in a very long while and the police behaviour is completely at odds with Cowra’s commitment to friendship and goodwill!

    Main photo:View up the road as you leave the Information Centre
    Second photo:Around the bend – and another one is caught out!
    Third photo:Police waiting for the next?

    Unique Suggestions: Do a zigzag - after the right turn, swing left and exit through the truck parking bay.

    Fun Alternatives: If you came in from the Lachlan Valley Way, exit the way you came in.

    FOOTNOTE FOR OVERSEAS READERS: "Pigs might fly" is an Australian expression of disbelief.

    Watch out around that bend at the end Oops!  Should have turned left! Watching from behind the trees
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Cowra Off The Beaten Path

  • COWRA - BOOROWA

    A fairly scenic drive to Boorowa is the Lachlan Valley Way, a journey of approx. 80kms.We first come across the historic rail bridge then travel further along passing over hills and into lovely scenic valleys where Sheep grazed. This is "Sheep Country" and many along this road were the "Dorper" breed. They were introduced into Australia in 1996 and...

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  • THE HERITAGE RAILWAY BRIDGE

    Our route to Boorowa took us along the Lachlan valley way from Cowra.We had no sooner left Cowra when our first interesting sight appeared! It was an impressive Railway bridge from 1887 that was no longer in use. This impressive old bridge is listed by the Heritage council. It was designed by an Englishman from York who came to Australia to live....

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  • Highlight of the town – Age of Fishes...

    I’d been wanting to visit this museum since it opened several years ago. I’m delighted to say it fully met my expectations - and I find I keep using the word ‘amazing’ when referring to its contents.Why? Well, what makes this very different and very exciting, is that the fish caught in Canowindra a few years ago (and they’re still catching more)...

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Cowra Sports & Outdoors

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    Something for the kids

    by tiabunna Written Apr 15, 2007

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    What’s the little fellow in the main photo doing? The hint is given by what is in his hand: a stuffed easter bunny!

    Every year on Easter Sunday, the Cowra Japanese Gardens organise an easter egg search for the local kids. It’s even advertised on television! As we began our walk around the gardens, we were told of the coming event and were asked to leave in place any eggs and stuffed rabbits we encountered. We saw quite a few. Later we saw the crowd assembling for the start (photo 2) before the mad rush of kids in all directions (photo 3)!

    It’s obviously a popular event, going by the number of entrants, and it’s good to see things like this organised for the anklebiters! If you have some with you, maybe Easter is the time to be in Cowra.

    Gotta find the next one! Crowds awaiting the egghunt starting time And they're off and running!
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  • READ THE SIGNAGE ON HISTORICAL BUILDINGS

    I know not everybody goes to the Information centre and picks up walking brochures!If your one of these people, then a must for you is to read the plaques situated along Kendal street.These have descriptions and an old time photos of the buildings. I thought there was more information on these plaques than on my heritage walk pamphlet.A couple of...

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  • COWRA LAUNDRY

    Wet weather meant I had to find a Laundromat!The Cowra information centre told us there was only one in town and where it was located in the main street of Cowra.We found it quite easily.The laundry was busy, no wonder with the wet weather. You can do your own laundry or leave it there and they will do it for you (more expensive this way) They...

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