Attractions of Cowra

Cowra is nestled along the Lachlan River in the heart of New South Wales.  We have exceptional dining establishments, award winning local wineries, history and heritage.  Cowra is well known for its variety of attractions in and around the town.  Some of these attractions include:

Japanese Gardens

  • Tranquil is the perfect way to describe Cowra’s Japanese Gardens.  Opened in 1979, this multi-award winning attraction is a ‘must see’ at any time of the year.  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 rivers and the ponds, inland lakes and the sea.  Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or take advantage of the restaurant which overlooks the Gardens and offers morning and afternoon tea, lunch and dinner.

Australian & Japanese War Cemeteries

  • These cemeteries contain the graves of Australians who died in service during World War II and the Japanese POWs involved in the Cowra Breakout.

Australia’s World Peace Bell

  • The Australian World Peace Bell was awared to Cowra in 1992 for its long standing contribution to world peace and international understanding.  This is a replica of the bell that hangs in the United Nations building in New York.

Bellevue Hill Lookout and Fauna Reserve

  • Offering panoramic views of Cowra township and the surrounding district.  At the adjacent fauna reserve see the kangaroos, emus and wallabies.

Cowra Fun Museum

  • This complex features interactive war, rail and rural museums, a POW camp exhibition and a model railway.

Cowra Rose Garden

  • Bordering the Visitors Centre this stunning floral display boasts over 1000 rose bushes of 130 varieties.  Established in 1986, the garden continues to delight visitors with breathtaking effect and scents in spring and autumn.


  • Food and wine buffs can tour Cowra’s ever expanding vineyards to sample the superb local food and wine that is available.

Wyangala Waters State Park

  • Wyangala is the perfect location for that weekend away, family holiday as well as a great place to relax and unwind.  Activities include water skiing, sailing, boat hire, fishing, golf and sandy beaches for just relaxing on.


  • Just 15 minutes away at Canowindra are early morning champagne balloon flights, taking in spectacular views of the countryside.

Darbys Falls Observatory

  • On the way to Wyangala Dam is the Darbys Falls Observatory where visitors can explore the universe with one of the largest telescopes available to the public.  Open every night, conditions permitting.