Quarry Restaurant And Cellars

The Quarry Restaurant and Cellars is set amongst Cowra Estate Vineyards. The Cellar Door, open Tuesday to Sunday, offers tastings and sales of some of Cowra’s best wine labels including wine from the oldest vineyard – Cowra Estate, as well as award winning wines from Coolinda Wines, Mulyan, and Swinging Bridge. These wines can also [...]

Prisoner Of War Camp Site

This site is listed as one of the Top Heritage Sites in NSW. In 1944 over 1000 Japanese Prisoners of War (POW) staged a mass breakout that was the biggest in British and Australian War History. 231 Japanese POW and four Australians lost their lives during the breakout. A walking trail goes through the camp [...]

Bellevue Hill Lookout

Comprising a large space for unstructured recreation, playground equipment, shaded picnic facilities, free barbecues and public amenities, Bellevue Hill Reserve is one of Cowra’s most popular parks. To many local residents, the Reserve is referred to as ‘Billy Goat Hill’ after its steep nature and the goats that were once kept there. At the top [...]

The Cowra Heritage Walk

Stroll through Cowra’s historic past. A brochure from the Cowra Visitors Centre sets out a heritage walk around Cowra that takes a leisurely hour, taking in sights like the old federation-style court house, the gothic stone St Raphael’s church and Cowra Public School, built in 1882. See the town’s first hotel, the old stone flour [...]

Cowra Military and Migrant Camps

The history of Cowra is marked by stories of the military and migrants from World War II. Between 1940 and the end of the war, the Cowra Military Camp trained some 80,000 military personnel. After World War II, the camp became home to between 17-19,000 new Australians in the form of the Cowra Migrant Camp. [...]

Sakura Avenue

In 1998 as a bicentennial project Cowra Shire Council in conjunction with the Japanese Government planted 1988 cherry blossom trees between the Cowra War Cemetery, the site of the Prisoner Of War Camp and the Japanese Gardens as a sign of peace and reconciliation with the Japanese people. All trees are sponsored by Japanese businesses [...]

Japanese and Australian War Cemeteries

The Japanese War Cemetery contains graves of the Japanese involved in the POW Breakout during World War Two, as well as other internees and those involved with the battle of Darwin. The land was ceded to Japan in 1963, thus Cowra has its own little piece of Japan. A large black granite monument dominates the [...]

Memorial Avenue in Cowra

There’s nothing like a living memorial to stir your soul. You’ll find two impressive examples in Cowra when you drive down the “avenues of honour”, located on the north and south of the Grenfell Road, and east and west of the Boorowa Road. Four hundred trees were planted by the Women’s Club in 1917 to [...]

EconoLodge Alabaster Motel

The Alabaster Motel consists of 16 recently renovated rooms – six standard, five deluxe and two, two bedroom units. All rooms have reverse cycle air-conditioning, electric blankets, tea/coffee making facilities, are connected to Austar, refrigerator, modem outlet for computer, direct dial phones and ironing equipment. This is a three and a half star property approximately [...]

Ochre Arch Farm

Visitors to ‘Ochre Arch’ have the opportunity to experience a guided farm tour, personally hosted by the owners Phillip and Jan Diprose. The 480 hectare farm is a fully operational beef and wool producing business with a practical ‘real’ sustainability focus, set up for simple management. Each tour is customised to visitor interests; and you [...]

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