Since planting its first vines in 1973, the Cowra wine region has grown and is now home to over 40 vineyards. With its warm days and dry late summers, Cowra has the perfect conditions for ripening grapes, making it one of the many rising Australian wine regions. Aside from the stunning landscapes, Cowra also offers delicious wine and food, a fascinating history and boundless natural attractions.
Cowra: The Wine Region
Cowra is just two hours away from Canberra and four hours from Sydney, making it a great choice for a relaxing weekend retreat. Cowra wineries are blessed with a wide variety of classic and alternative grape varieties among its many vineyards. Some of the top varieties grown in the region include Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also several wineries in Cowra that have explored alternative varieties such as Verdelho, Gewürztraminer and Sangiovese, with great success.
After walking along the vines, you can discover other Cowra attractions like national parks, historical sites and fascinating waterways.
Top Attractions and Activities
Cowra’s Sakura Avenue is a popular destination for tourists. During spring, locals and visitors alike gather to witness brilliant blossoms lining the avenue to the Japanese Garden and to the Australian and Japanese War Cemeteries.
Make your way to the Lachlan Valley Railway Heritage Centre and dive into the town’s locomotive history. On display are different machineries including three steam locomotives, diesel locomotives and timber and aluminum rail cars. There’s a guide on site ready to answer any questions and enquiries, but if you prefer wandering alone, help yourself to their self-guided brochure.
Next on the list of top things to do in Cowra is to join the ‘Fields of Gold’ Canola Tours. This two-hour guided experience offers spectacular views of the Canola Region, a visit to the area’s hotspots for excellent photo opportunities, and entry to the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre.
Planning to visit Cowra? Cowra Motor Inn offers quality and affordable accommodation for different travellers. Book a room today!