Top things to do

Top Choice Gardens in Cowra

Japanese Garden

Built as a token of Cowra's connection with Japanese POWs (but with no overt mention of the war or the breakout), this tranquil 5-hectare garden and attached cultural centre are superbly presented and well worth vis…
Modern Australian in Cowra

The Quarry Restaurant & Cellar Door

Four kilometres out of Cowra, the Quarry restaurant is handsomely set amid the vineyards, and the kitchen output wins regular praise (especially the puddings!). There's a sizeable wine list, too – the Quarry is the …
Museum in Cowra

Lachlan Valley Railway Heritage Centre

A labour of love, staffed by volunteers and maintained by donations, this country workshop in Cowra has rusty rolling stock under restoration. It brings great joy to train buffs lamenting the loss of rural rail, and…
Cultural in Cowra

Sakura Matsuri

Cowra's pretty and hugely popular sakura matsuri (cherry-blossom festival) is held over a week in late September, with Japanese food, culture and thousands of delicate pink cherry blossoms on show.
Cafe in Cowra

Ilfracombe and Company Cafe

You could be mistaken for thinking you'd bilocated to inner-city Melbourne at this chic, modern cafe, housed in a converted heritage home shared with local boutiques in Cowra.
Wine Bar in Cowra

Oxley Wine Bar

The Oxley is where the good stuff happens in Cowra: live music on Friday nights, Saturday DJs and retro stylings to accompany your craft beers, local wines and pizzas.
Memorial in Cowra

POW Campsite & Guard Tower

From the war cemeteries, on Doncaster Road north of Cowra, signs lead to the site of the Japanese breakout. A voice-over from the watchtower recounts the story. You can still see the camp foundations, and info panel…
Cafe in Cowra

Breakout Brasserie Cafe

With a 'No Worries' attitude this busy cafe serves standard breakfast fare and light lunches and offers al fresco dining on its small vine-draped terrace. It is also the perfect spot to plan your day over a strong c…
Monument in Cowra

World Peace Bell

Audio at this outdoor site explains the background and significance of Cowra's World Peace Bell. It's a replica of the bell that stands outside the United Nations, and the only one of its kind in Australia.
Food & Drink in Cowra

Cowra Cork & Fork

Wine and food festival celebrating the region’s produce. Check with the Cowra Visitor Information Centre for dates and details.