Cowra is best described as a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. Located in the Central West region of New South Wales, on the banks of the Lachlan River in the Lachlan Valley, this charming small town is surrounded by vineyards, waterways and pretty countryside. Cowra unfolds as a town that beautifully balances its historical significance with the natural beauty of the region.

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Historical Significance and Landmarks:

Cowra is perhaps best known for the Cowra Breakout, a significant event during World War II when Japanese prisoners of war staged a mass escape from the local internment camp. Visit the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre, a stunning representation of Japanese design and horticulture, which stands as a poignant memorial to those who lost their lives during the breakout.

Explore the Cowra War Cemetery, a solemn resting place for Australian and Japanese soldiers, where beautifully maintained gardens and memorial plaques pay tribute to the lives sacrificed during the war. The Prisoner of War Camp Site provides a historical perspective, allowing visitors to visualize the events that unfolded during the Cowra Breakout.

Culinary Delights and Local Flavors:

Cowra’s dining scene offers a delightful mix of local flavours and charming eateries. For a taste of country hospitality, visit The Quarry Restaurant, where hearty meals made from locally sourced ingredients are served in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant’s commitment to sustainability and supporting local farmers adds a farm-to-table touch to the dining experience.

For a casual coffee or a sweet treat, explore the local cafes along Kendal Street. These establishments not only offer a chance to savour artisanal coffee but also provide a cozy setting to immerse yourself in the town’s friendly atmosphere.


Whether delving into the town’s wartime history, strolling along riverbanks, or savouring local cuisine, Cowra promises an authentic and enriching experience that reflects the spirit of the Lachlan Valley. Start your next adventure and book with Choice Hotels Cowra accommodation.

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