Outback Towns

Cowra

The town of Cowra is surrounded by farmland on the Lachlan River and lies among river flats, rolling hills and some rugged wilderness areas

About Cowra

In 1944, during WWII, over 1000 Japanese Prisoners Of War staged the biggest mass breakout in British and Australian War History. The breakout was at the Prisoner Of War site, 310km’s west of Sydney in the New South Wales town of Cowra.

The town of Cowra is surrounded by farmland on the Lachlan River and lies among river flats, rolling hills and some rugged wilderness areas.

Originally, Cowra was inhabited by the Wiradjuri people. The area was deemed ‘unfit for white settlement’ in 1817 by George Wilson Evans (an early explorer of New South Wales), but eventually settled by white people in 1831. Today, Cowra has close historical ties to Japan as well as a strong relationship with Indonesia and Italy because of the large number of Prisoners Of War in the town during WWII.

Cowra is home to the Australian replica World Peace Bell. The replica was awarded to Cowra in recognition of its unique contribution to international understanding and promotion of world friendship and peace.

Along with Cowra’s eventful past, the town is known for its vineyards, fresh local produce, wine and fine foods. Some of the towns many attractions include; Cowra Bridge Pylons – which feature aboriginal murals, POW Theatre – a hologram that recounts the tragic story of the Cowra Breakout, POW camp site and the Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs