Cowra, a progressive town in the Central West region of New South Wales, is known for its special relationship with Japan. Though the ties began in a violent war which took over 200 lives in 1944, Japan and Cowra reconciled and kept their friendship hence the evident Japanese influence in Cowra’s famous tourist attraction.
But aside from the zen cemetery and gardens, Cowra is also known for its fertile farmlands, vineyards, quality restaurants and galleries and craft shops that you shouldn’t miss when you take a visit.
Still thinking of what other things to do in Cowra? We’ve gathered some of the places that you and your family should visit during your stay.
Lachlan Valley Railway
Take a step back in time as you take a rail journey featuring NSW’s most popular heritage site. Learn about the locomotives they used back in the days to travel across the region of NSW and more.
Local Food and Wine
- Ochre Arch Farm is a fully operational and indigenous 480-hectare farm known for producing quality beef and wool. Here, the owners personally host tours customised to the interest of their visitors.
- Cowra Community Markets. They say that the best way to know about a community is by visiting their local market. Have your eyes and tummies feast from the freshly picked up produce, meat, baked goods, wines and more.
- The Quarry Restaurant and Cellars located at 7191 Lachlan Valley Way, this restaurant offers a beautiful dining and wine tasting experience. Here, you can enjoy a gourmet lunch or dinner made using some of Cowra’s produce. Sounds romantic, isn’t it?
Art, Culture and Events
- Cowra Regional Gallery offers a diverse and vibrant collection of exhibitions that features traditional and contemporary art from the region. The Gallery also hosts public events and activities to raises the peoples’ awareness and appreciation to the visual arts. The galley is located at 77 Darling Street Cowra NSW and is open from 10 am to 4 pm (Tuesdays through Saturdays) and 2 pm to 4 pm on Sundays.
- Sakura Matsuri – Cherry Blossom Festival is one of Cowra’s most anticipated events. Sakura Matsuri is a celebration for the birth of spring. During this season, Sakura or Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom and participant and visitors from across Australia, and other countries gather at the Cowra Japanese Garden to experience a traditional Japanese celebration. The Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom from September to October, so be sure to book your trip around this time so you can experience a feel of Japan without travelling too far!
- Cowra Spring Show 2020 features a lot of activities that you and your whole family can do as you enjoy the springtime here in Cowra. The show will happen on October 16-17 2020 so start searching for event packages as early as now so you can avoid the stress! Cowra might be a small town, but it undeniably has a lot of stories, sights and experiences to offer. If you wish to see more places, check Our Recommended Restaurants and locations so you can finally make an itinerary of your trip.