Attractions

Indigenous Art Murals

The Cowra Bridge Pylons are situated beneath the Lachlan River Bridge and feature Aboriginal murals. The murals were painted by local Aboriginal artist and depict the history of the Wiradjuri people who inhabited the Cowra area.

Hire An E Bike

Hire an E Bike from Central West Tours and explore the attractions of Cowra.

Cowra POW Campsite

In 1944, 231 Japanese prisoners and four Australian soldiers died when the prisoners launched a mass escape from the Prisoner of War Campsite. Learn more about what happened on that fateful day and see the POW Theatre and Hologram at the Cowra Visitor Information Centre. 

The “Cowra POW Breakout” Hologram

The nine-minute hologram tells the story of the Cowra Breakout in 1944 from the perspective of a young local woman. The Hologram can be found in the POW Theatre, which is a small tin hut that replicates the Nissen huts found at the Camp during World War II. 

Japanese War Cemetery

Pay your respects at the Japanese War Cemetery on Doncaster Drive, Cowra. You will find 523 graves here, including the remains of the 231 Japanese soldiers who died in 1944 during the Cowra Breakout. 

Cowra Japanese Gardens

A symbol of reconciliation between Australia and Japan, the Cowra Japanese Garden is a place of peace and tranquillity. With five hectares of manicured garden, serene lakes and cascading streams, Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre is a haven of natural beauty all year round. 

Cowra World Peace Bell

Located in Civic Square, the Australian Peace Bell is the only World Peace Bell that is not located in a city. The Bell is a replica of the one that stands in New York in the forecourt of the United Nations Headquarters. 

Wyangala Dam

Visit the village of Wyangala and the Wyangala Waters Holiday and Recreation Park. You’ll find a nine-hole golf course, tennis court, fishing, water sports, children’s playground, mountain bike trails, and much more.

Iandra Castle

A hidden gem in Central West NSW, Iandra Castle is a 20th-century castle. Explore the castle and surrounding grounds and enjoy a picnic on the lawn. Iandra Castle is less than an hour’s drive from Cowra Motor Inn. 

Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Located in Cowra’s main cultural precinct, the Cowra Regional Art Gallery features artworks by emerging and established Australian artists. Discover heritage items relating to the Cowra POW Camp, visit the gift shop, and engage in an educational activity. 

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