• Cowra Japanese Gardens

    Ken Nakajima Place, Cowra NSW, Australia .

    The Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Center is located in the town of Cowra, in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia.

    The 5 hectare garden was established to recognize and develop the historic and ongoing relationship between the people of Cowra Shire and the people of Japan .

  • POW Hologram Theatre

    Cowra Visitor Information Centre, Mid Western Highway, Cowra NSW, Australia .


    The P.O.W. Theatre is a nine minute hologram that recounts the tragic story of the Cowra Breakout in 1944. The Theatre is a small tin hut that is a replica of the Nissen huts found at the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp during World War II.

    The hologram is a young woman who tells the story from a local perspective while interacting with original artefacts from the Camp. The presentation is aimed at raising awareness of the historical significance of Cowra in modern military history and in encouraging visitation to other local attractions and locations of historical importance.

    This is a 'must see' for all visitors to the town!!

    Indeed when the American travel writer Bill Bryson visited the town he watched the presentation three times.

  • Cowra Japanese War Cemetery

    Cowra War Cemetery, Doncaster Drive, Cowra NSW, Australia .

    Established in 1964, this is the only Japanese War Cemetery to be retained in Australia. There are 523 graves at the Japanese War Cemetery, containing the remains of the 231 Japanese soldiers who were killed in the 1944 Cowra Breakout and all Japanese Nationals who died on Australian soil during World War II. 

    Prior to 1964, the Japanese Cemetery had been cared for in an informal way by members of the Cowra RSL Sub-Branch, who kept the lawns mowed and the weeds in check.

    This was done as a mark of respect for the fallen soldiers at a time when there were mixed feelings concerning the Japanese. Today, we encourage you to pay your respects at this solemn place.

  • Prisoner of War Camp Site

    Sakura Avenue, Cowra NSW, Australia .

    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 ruins and a scale model of the camp is on display at the Cowra Visitors Centre. Also at the Visitor Information Centre is the P.O.W. theatre which is a nine minute presentation telling the story of the breakout from the perspective of a local resident.

  • Cowra Regional Art Gallery

    Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW, Australia .

    Trading Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm,

                            Sunday from 2pm to 4pm.

    Admission: Entry is Free                                                  Address: 77 Darling Street, Cowra N.S.W 2794
    Phone: +61 2 6340 2190

  • Darby Falls Observatory

    23 Observatory Road, Darbys Falls NSW, Australia .

    The village of Darby's Falls is located 30 kilometres south-east of Cowra on the way to Wyangala Dam. The village itself does not include any shops or service stations so be sure to get your supplies in Cowra before heading out. The low level bridge on the edge of town offers easy access to the Lachlan River for canoes.

    Darby's Falls Observatory is the primary reason for visiting the village. The observatory boasts one of the largest telescopes available to the public. The astronomers will reveal the wide universe and show visitors around the night sky, pointing out things like the moon, planets, galaxies, star clusters and nebulae. Darby's Falls Observatory is open every night, weather conditions permitting and at other times by appointment.

    Astronomers will show you around the night sky, pointing out the splendours of the heavens - including the moon, planets, galaxies, star clusters and nebulae. Coaches and schools welcome. Bookings are essential.

    Trading Hours:
    Open by appointment. Please phone at 7 pm to check weather conditions and make booking
    Phone:  02 6345 1900


    • Adults$15
    • Seniors$13
    • Children <15$10
    • Family (2 Ad + 2 Ch)$40
    • Extra Children$7
    • Groups POA

  • Whyangla Dam

    Wyangala Dam, Wyangala NSW 2808, Australia .

    Make the most of clear country skies at this destination that is ideal for a day trip and picnic, water sports and just right for a family holiday or get away with friends.

    For those of you looking for activities, there are many to choose from at this picturesque park. There is a children’s playground, volleyball court and many walking trails through the bush to suit all levels of fitness. There are plenty of mountain bike trails to explore with varied terrain and spectacular scenery. A paddle around the foreshores any time of year is a wonderful and relaxing way to enjoy a day. 

    The dam is well regarded by anglers for fishing; silver and golden perch, catfish and Murray cod are plentiful.

    The onsite general store offers a delicious selection of takeaway food, fuel and general supplies.

    Dogs are welcome in the dog-friendly areas of the park and on campsites. Dogs must be on a leash and attended at all times.

  • Bird Watching in Cowra

    Cowra NSW, Australia .

    Bird Watching in Cowra - The Cowra region is home to a number of threatened or declining species, including the Superb Parrot, Swift Parrot, Black Chinned Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail, Brown Treecreeper, Barking Owl, Speckled Warbler and Hooded Robin. Brochures are available at the information centre.

  • Ballooning in Canowindra

    Canowindra NSW, Australia .

    Ballooning in Canowindra - For visitors who enjoy a flight of fancy, Canowindra is recognised as the ballooning capital of Australia. For years, hot air balloon enthusiasts have found the climate and topography, not to mention the scenery, in Canowindra perfect for ballooning.