Destination Fast Facts – Cowra

In the beautiful Lachlan Valley, riverside Cowra is full of cultural heritage and historical buildings. Surrounded by vineyards, waterways and countryside. You’ll discover military history, tranquil gardens and fine wines.

Location:         Cowra is a small town in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia, located on the banks of the Lachlan River, in the Lachlan Valley.

Population:     10,063

Meaning:         The name Cowra comes from a local aboriginal word meaning “eagle on the rocks”.

Known for:      The Cowra Breakout was an infamous World War II incident in Australia when 1000 Japanese POWs staged a mass breakout that was the biggest in British and Australian war history.

Top 5 Must Dos:

Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre – a tangible monument to peace and reconciliation between two countries.

Cowra Prisoner of War Camp – site of the largest Prisoner of War breakout in modern military history when more than 1000 Japanese prisoners launched a mass ‘suicide attack’ on their guards,

Arts & Museums – discover a range of cultural experiences including the War Cemeteries.

Historical Sites – go back in time to discover Cowra’s history, including the Australia’s World Peace Bell.

Food and wine – experience 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.