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COWRA

CANOWINDRA & COUNTRYSIDE

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WE WELCOME YOU ALL TO WIRADJURI COUNTRY.

The Cowra Region is part of the Wiradjuri language group, the largest in NSW which covers most of the State. Connection to Country is important to our community in remembering the history of our ancestors, our elders and our sense of belonging. Our local Wiradjuri community continues its strong connection to the land. The Lachlan River (Kalari) has significant meaning to the Wiradjuri people through stories, songs and art. The Aboriginal Murals painted on the pylons of the bridge over the Lachlan River are the creations of Kym and Trish Freeman and the local community. The artwork symbolises the animals and local landscapes around Cowra. The murals are a shared project, with both local families and school children contributing their personal stories and handprints. The Gugaa, or goanna, is the Wiradjuri Totem. Take time to sit quietly at the river or at Billy Goat (Bellevue) Hill and make your own connection with our Wiradjuri Country.

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WELCOME TO COWRA

On behalf of our community, I extend to you a very warm welcome to the Cowra Shire. Nestled in the beautiful Lachlan Valley of NSW, Cowra is a wonderful place to live and work. We enjoy the convenience of the city without forsaking the lifestyle of the country. Cowra is rich in Aboriginal and European history and while our primary industry is agriculture, there are other vibrant aspects to our economy, not the least being tourism. With the Lachlan River running through the heart of the Shire, we are home to some excellent food and wine producers, which I would encourage you to sample during your visit. The Prisoner of War breakout in 1944 has resulted in a number of attractions and our community’s continuing close ties with Japan. The Cowra Japanese Garden, Prisoner of War (POW) Camp Site, War Cemeteries, Australia’s World Peace Bell and the famous POW hologram presentation at the Cowra Visitor Information Centre are must-sees for residents and visitors alike. The Cowra Shire also has a number of small villages well worth a visit. Wyangala Waters Holiday Park is another popular attraction and a hub for all kinds of water sports. I’m sure you will enjoy the many experiences and warm hospitality that Cowra has to offer during your stay.

Mayor Bill West

COWRA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Cnr Mid Western and Olympic Highways, Cowra P: 02 6342 4333 E: info@cowratourism.com.au www.visitcowra.com.au /VisitCowra

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PLAN YOUR ESCAPE Enjoy three days in Cowra, Canowindra and Countryside. Learn about our history, take in our spectacular views and make your visit an unforgettable experience.

DAY 1

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN OUR HISTORY ¨¨ Start at the COWRA VISITOR

INFORMATION CENTRE

and watch the powerful hologram presentation about the Cowra Prisoner of War Breakout in 1944

GARDEN AND CULTURAL CENTRE and enjoy a coffee or

lunch at the Japanese Garden Café

¨¨ Visit the PRISONER OF WAR CAMPSITE and replica guard tower

¨¨ Take a Stroll through the picturesque COWRA ROSE GARDEN at the Cowra Visitor Information Centre.

¨¨ Stroll or cycle along THE GARRISON WALK. Interpretive signage will bring the history of the site to life amongst beautiful, scenic views

¨¨ Enjoy stunning panoramic views from atop the BELLEVUE HILL LOOKOUT and explore the walking tracks through the

¨¨ Pay your respects at the

AUSTRALIAN AND JAPANESE WAR CEMETERIES ¨¨ Visit EUROPA PARK and learn about the COWRA MIGRANT AND

MILITARY TRAINING CAMPS

¨¨ Ring AUSTRALIA’S WORLD PEACE BELL and listen to the audio presentation ¨¨ Visit the LACHLAN VALLEY

RAILWAY HERITAGE CENTRE and explore our railway history

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¨¨ Tour the stunning JAPANESE

BELLEVUE HILL NATURE RESERVE ¨¨ Take a stroll back in time on a selfguided COWRA HERITAGE WALK. See some of Cowra’s most beautiful heritage buildings and sites. Brochures are available at the Cowra Visitor Information Centre ¨¨ Enjoy the variety of exhibitions on display at the COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY and see the beautiful ABORIGINAL MURALS under the COWRA BRIDGE.


Bucket list  FEED THE FISH IN THE LAKES AT THE JAPANESE GARDEN.  EXPLORE THE CARRIAGES AT THE RAILWAY HERITAGE CENTRE.  WATCH THE POW HOLOGRAM PRESENTATION AT THE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE  TAKE IN THE STUNNING VIEW AT ELLIOT’S LOOKOUT, WYANGALA DAM.

DAY 2

DAY 3

EXPLORE CANOWINDRA

EXPLORE THE COUNTRYSIDE

¨¨ Take a 20 minute drive to CANOWINDRA and visit historic

GASKILL STREET

¨¨ Get up close and touch the amazing displays of 360-million-yearold fish fossils at the AGE OF

FISHES MUSEUM

¨¨ Enjoy delicious locally roasted coffee and treats at a local café, browse unique wares at the boutiques and take in the local arts spaces in town. ¨¨ Make your CANOWINDRA experience unforgettable by booking a balloon flight ¨¨ Enjoy wine tasting at a cellar door and drive back via RIVERS ROAD through beautiful vineyards and farming land.

¨¨ Take a scenic drive to WYANGALA DAM via DARBYS FALLS where you can enjoy a spot of fishing, have a swim, go boating, skiing or enjoy a nice, relaxing BBQ or picnic ¨¨ Drive back to Cowra via the beautiful village of WOODSTOCK through picturesque countryside. Go for a paddle or relax on the banks of the Lachlan River ¨¨ Discover a castle. Drive by IANDRA CASTLE and enjoy a coffee or lunch in GREENETHORPE. You can even ride your bike from Cowra to Greenethorpe, a popular cycling route ¨¨ Drive to CONIMBLA NATIONAL PARK and take a bush walk along the WALLABY TRAIL. Stop by the friendly village of GOOLOOGONG on your way back to Cowra ¨¨ Explore historic CARCOAR, the town that time forgot, from the impeccably preserved Carcoar Courthouse to the beautiful Carcoar Dam.

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OUR WARTIME LEGACY Cowra is steeped in rich history and heritage, from the solemn grounds of the Cowra POW Camp and War Cemeteries, to the uplifting significance of Australia’s World Peace Bell.

THE COWRA BREAKOUT

At 1:50am on the 5th of August 1944, over 1000 Japanese prisoners launched a mass escape from the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp. It was the largest prisoner of war breakout in modern military history. 234 Japanese prisoners and 5 Australian soldiers lost their lives. From this violent beginning, a journey of reconciliation and a growing friendship have developed between the people of Cowra and the nation of Japan.

POW HOLOGRAM THEATRE

Located at the Cowra Visitor Information Centre, this 9 minute presentation brings the tragic events of The Cowra Breakout to life through the eyes of Claire, a young Cowra local. The famous POW Hologram Theatre is the best place to start your historical journey through the Cowra region.

PRISONER OF WAR CAMPSITE

The ruins of the Prisoner of War Campsite are still visible to this day. Well-placed interpretive signage will help you visualise what once stood in this picturesque part of Cowra. Stand under the replica Guard

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Stay + Explore CONTACT COWRA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE P 02 6342 4333 visitcowra.com.au

Tower where a detailed audio presentation will bring the scenery around you to life. Walk or cycle the Garrison Walk, taking you straight through to the beautiful Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre.

WAR CEMETERIES

The Cowra Japanese War Cemetery contains the graves of the 234 Japanese soldiers who were killed in the Cowra Breakout, as well as all the Japanese Nationals who died on Australian soil during World War II. This is the only Japanese War Cemetery outside of Japan. The Australian War Cemetery adjoins the Japanese War Cemetery, and contains graves of the servicemen who died at the Cowra Military Training Camp, as well as the 5 Australian soldiers killed during the 1944 breakout.

AUSTRALIA’S WORLD PEACE BELL Made from melted down coins donated by 106 member countries of the United Nations. Australia’s World Peace Bell is a testament to Cowra’s long-standing contribution to world peace and international understanding. Recognised by the World Peace Bell Association

in 1992, the bell is proudly housed in Cowra’s Civic Square where visitors can listen to the audio presentation and even ring the bell.

EUROPA PARK From 1940–1945, the Cowra Military Training Camp trained some 80,000 military personnel. In 1949, the site became the Cowra Migrant Camp and was home to about 17,000 European migrants until 1955. Interpretive signage and a memorial have been erected in honour of the migrant families of Cowra in Europa Park.

COWRA & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Cowra & District Historical Society is a not-for-profit group dedicated to preserving and recording the history of the Cowra area and the outlying villages that fall into the Cowra Shire. The Historical Society rooms are located at the rear of the Cowra Visitor Information Centre and are open on Thursdays and Saturdays 9am–12pm.

MUST SEE

POW HOLOGRAM THEATRE

Cowra Visitor Information Centre Gold Coin Donation Open 7 days, 9am–5pm

PRISONER OF WAR CAMPSITE

Evans Street, Cowra Free entry and open all hours

WAR CEMETERIES

Doncaster Drive, Cowra Free entry and open all hours

AUSTRALIA’S WORLD PEACE BELL

Darling Street, Cowra Free entry and open all hours

EUROPA PARK

Mid Western Highway Free entry and open all hours

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JAPANESE GARDEN The ultimate tranquil experience, the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre is a peaceful space to indulge the senses, unwind and enjoy natural beauty all year round. COWRA JAPANESE GARDEN AND CULTURAL CENTRE

Take the time to explore the 5 hectares of manicured garden, serene lakes and cascading streams with sweeping views of Cowra’s countryside and beyond. Ken Nakajima designed the Kaiyushiki (strolling) garden to symbolise the Japanese landscape. The garden is classified by the National Trust as ‘A place of Cultural, Architectural and Historic Significance to be preserved for present and future generations.’ The Japanese Garden is beautiful during all seasons, but is at its best during Spring when the annual Sakura

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Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) is held. Thousands of visitors attend Sakura Matsuri each year to celebrate the stunning cherry blossoms and enjoy a variety of Japanese cultural activities and performances. The Cultural Centre showcases exhibitions from local and regional artists, whilst the two galleries feature an extensive collection of Japanese artworks and artifacts. Feed the Koi carp from the viewing platforms overlooking the lakes, enjoy a meal at the onsite café or simply take the time to relax in an authentic open air Tea House. Either way, you’ll be transported to a place of peace and relaxation.


Did you know? Ken Nakajima designed the Cowra Japanese Garden based on the first landscape garden built by the Shogun Tokugawa during the Edo period of Japan (16th century). The Shogun had the garden constructed from drawings of Japanese geography, forming a miniature replica of Japan’s mountains, waterfalls, lakes and trees.

t Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre

P: 02 6341 2233 www.cowragarden.com.au

Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre

OPEN 7 DAYS 8.30 – 5pm 12.5 Acres of Peace & Serenity ADMISSION FEES APPLY Dog Friendly

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WYANGALA DAM Wyangala Dam is located just a short distance from Cowra. At capacity, it is 2.5 times the size of Sydney Harbour. The dam offers an ideal space to enjoy water sports of all types including boating, fishing, canoeing and swimming. REFLECTIONS HOLIDAY PARKS WYANGALA WATERS

An easy drive from Cowra, Reflections Holiday Parks Wyangala Waters is the ideal place to escape the pressures of the daily grind and ‘get away from it all’. Take the boat out for some water-skiing fun, or sit back and take advantage of Wyangala’s prime fishing spots. Let the kids go wild in the bush; building forts and having adventures. Enjoy the multitude of bushwalking tracks whilst spotting local wildlife along the way. There are plenty of accommodation options too, simply pick your perfect spot on the park’s vast expanse of camping grounds or opt for one of the many cabins, cottages and bungalows available for a fun and comfortable stay. To top it off, Reflections Holiday Parks Wyangala Waters is dog-friendly for camping and caravan sites, so you can enjoy the bush experience with your furry friends.

WYANGALA

Wyangala is a small village just below the Wyangala Dam wall, with its claim to fame being the annual Wyangala Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular, a visual spectacle that brings over 4000 people to the village each and every year. Sit back and relax at the family friendly Wyangala Country Club, complete with a bistro, tennis court, golf course and bowling green. If you’re a fishing enthusiast, the Wyangala Danglers Fishing Club hosts a multitude of fishing competitions throughout the year, taking full advantage of the vast waters of Wyangala Dam.

Did you know? Construction of Wyangala Dam began in 1928 and concluded in 1935. The original structure was 58.8 metres high with a surface area of 25.2 square kilometres and a storage capacity of 374,860 megalitres. Today, the Wyangala Dam Wall is 85 metres high and 1.37km long. It has a surface area of 54 square kilometres and a storage capacity of 1,220,000 megalitres.

WYANGALA COUNTRY CLUB

The home of good sports ■ Open 7 days a week ■ Wyangala Bistro open for lunch Saturday and Sunday; dinner Friday to Sunday; other days by arrangement – weekly specials available ■ 9 hole golf course ■ Bowling green & tennis courts ■ Annual events including June fireworks 02 6345 0855 | wyangalacc@activ8.net.au www.wyangalacountryclub.com.au Sixth Avenue, Wyangala NSW 2808

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GREAT OUTDOORS As relaxing as Cowra can be, sometimes the call for adventure is just too strong to ignore. Never fear, there are plenty of opportunities to walk, run, cycle, fish and camp your way through the region’s many parks, paths and waterways.

CARAVAN & CAMPING Cowra welcomes RV travellers and offers plenty of RV parking at major attractions as well as a range of affordable sites and amenities including the Cowra Van Park, Cowra Holiday Park, Cowra Showgrounds and Reflections Holiday Parks Wyangala Waters. There are free campsites located across the region such as the Edgell Park Rest Area in Cowra and the Gooloogong Caravan Park (by donation). For more information on RV-friendly Cowra give the Cowra Visitor Information Centre a call on 02 6342 4333 or visit www.visitcowra.com.au.

THE LACHLAN RIVER The Lachlan River runs from Wyangala Dam to Cowra, through the fertile Lachlan Valley, downstream to Forbes. This magnificent river is the perfect setting for

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canoeing, fishing, camping and more! For up-to-date information about the Lachlan River, including safe entry, parking and river levels visit www.waterwaysguide.org.au.

BUSHWALKING & NATIONAL PARKS The Cowra region is spoilt for choice when it comes to bushwalking. We have four National Parks in our region – Weddin Mountains, Conimbla, Nangar and Goobang, all offering very different experiences. For up-to-date details relating to each of these National Parks including location, features and amenities, download the pocket guide for Country NSW from www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/aboutnpws/stay-up-to-date/Pocket-guide.

WALKING & CYCLING Cowra offers some of the quietest, smoothest and most scenic roads in New

South Wales. The Cowra Peace Precinct hosts a network of interconnecting concrete paths where you can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Walk or cycle to the Bellevue Hill Lookout, the Japanese Garden and the historic Prisoner of War Campsite. Take a stroll back in time and discover the history behind Cowra’s most historic buildings with the Cowra Heritage Walk (brochure available at the Cowra Visitor Information Centre). If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, the incredible Wyangala Dam has some great mountain bike trails and natural rest spots, perfect for a picnic, photo opportunity or a welldeserved breather. To view or download a copy of the Cowra Rides Guide, go to www.visitcowra.com.au/cycling. For more information about cycling in and around Canowindra, go to www.cyclingcanowindra.com.au.

Did you know? Cowra has its very own beach! Farleigh’s ‘Beach’ Reserve is a peaceful picnic area on the bank of the Lachlan River, just 10km from the centre of Cowra. The area is complete with picnic tables, bins and plenty of shade provided by the beautiful eucalyptus trees. There is a pathway leading down to the river where visitors can enjoy a multitude of activities including swimming, fishing and canoeing.

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LACHLAN VALLEY RAILWAY

Did you know?

Once bustling with 118 full-time employees and an operational home for up to 20 locomotives, the Cowra Locomotive Depot was closed by the NSW government in 1985 due to declining rail services and disrepair. Thanks to the immediate action of the Lachlan Valley Railway Society, the depot now acts as a well-preserved railway heritage centre. LACHLAN VALLEY RAILWAY HERITAGE CENTRE

The Lachlan Valley Railway Heritage Centre is one of Cowra’s best kept secrets. Wander through an extraordinary collection of historic engines, carriages and wagons. You’re welcome to explore the exhibits and enter a number of the carriages on display. The sleeping cars, with their beautifully preserved cedar panelling and original fixtures and fittings, evoke memories of a past era of train travel. The centre is maintained by the Lachlan Valley Railway Society, a not-for-profit organisation tasked with the restoration and preservation of the Cowra roundhouse, historic buildings, gardens and locomotives. Guided tours of the centre can be arranged, helping to bring the site to life and highlighting the strong connection between the railway and the people of Cowra.

LACHLAN VALLEY RAILWAY

Historic locomotives and rolling stock housed at the former Cowra Locomotive Depot and restored roundhouse. ■ Guided tours available ■ Groups and coach bookings welcome ■ Open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week (except Christmas Day) ■ Admission: voluntary donation

COWRA RAILWAY STATION From the moment the first train arrived in 1886 till the last train left in 2009, the Cowra Railway Station was a major contributor to the flow of passengers and freight accessing the Central West from Sydney and Melbourne. The Station is now heritage listed and home to local community groups such as the Cowra Antique Vehicle Club who hold open days on the last Sunday of each month.

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In 1922, the famous Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Cowra man Ken Richards attempted to fly under the old Cowra Bridge in an Avro 540 biplane. They cleared the bridge with around 18cm to spare on either side. The pair also attempted to fly under the nearby railway bridge, however, Richards noticed telephone lines in the flightpath and managed to pull the aircraft away from danger mere seconds before impact.

02 6342 4999 | inquiry@lvr.com.au www.lvr.com.au 3 Campbell Street, Cowra NSW 2794


ARTS Cowra is alive with a spectacular mix of music, theatre, dance and visual art. You’ll find a variety of cultural attractions and experiences, including museums, art galleries and performing arts. COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located in Cowra’s main cultural precinct along with the Cowra Library, World Peace Bell and Civic Centre. The Gallery offers a lively program of changing exhibitions for visitors to enjoy including touring exhibitions and works by leading regional and national artists.

MURALS UNDER THE BRIDGE

Take a peek beneath the Lachlan River Bridge to view the impressive indigenous murals painted by local Aboriginal artist, Kym Freeman. They depict the history of the Wiradjuri people who inhabited the region prior to English settlement.

COWRA SCULPTURE PARK

The Cowra Sculpture Park features sculptures from both nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, with new sculptures being added over the coming years.

COWRA JAPANESE GARDEN

The Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre showcases exhibitions from a variety of local and regional artists and includes two galleries featuring an extensive collection of Japanese artworks and artifacts of cultural heritage.

COWRA MUSICAL & DRAMATIC SOCIETY

The Cowra Musical & Dramatic Society produce musicals, comedies, plays and variety concerts. The society put on regular performances showcasing local talent throughout the year.

Did you know? The Calleen Art Award was established in 1977 by Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM. The award encourages originality and artistic merit, with the winning artwork becoming part of the incredible Calleen Collection, the foundation collection of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. The winner of the Calleen Art Award receives $20,000 in prize money thanks to the generosity of the Calleen Trust.

COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY The Cowra Regional Art Gallery (CRAG) is a welcoming and vibrant public gallery. It offers a multi-faceted and changing program for the enjoyment of the Cowra community and visitors to the district. This includes in-house curated and touring exhibitions of contemporary art and craft practices and social history projects from major museums and art centres across the country. The CRAG is also renowned for its national acquisitive art prize for painting, the Calleen Art Award, and youth project upstART showcasing artworks by students from high schools in the region. Public events include a broad range of cultural experiences and creative leisure activities such as openings with guest speakers and workshops for children and adults. The CRAG is a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council and aims to foster an awareness and appreciation of the visual arts and provide a range of cultural experiences and creative leisure activities. The Gallery shop includes cards, magazines, books, fashionable bags for all occasions (with Marimekko designs), ceramics, textiles and jewellery. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 2pm to 4pm. Wheelchair Access. Free Admission. Images – Top left: School group visiting the 2016 Archibald Prize exhibition at the Gallery; Top right: Archibald 2016 visitors at the Gallery; Bottom: Gallery view 2018 Calleen Art Award. 02 6340 2190 cowraartgallery@cowra.nsw.gov.au www.cowraartgallery.com.au

77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794 (opposite World Peace Bell)

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Farm to Fork

DINING

Boasting a wide range of casual cafes, bistros and restaurants, Cowra is home to several highly acclaimed food establishments. Cowra’s chefs consistently turn locally grown ingredients, produced in the lush Lachlan Valley pastures, into mouth-watering meals.

CAFE RUZE

The amount of dining options in Cowra can be dizzying at times, from peaceful cafés, to bustling pubs and clubs, to fine dining restaurants, there’s an option to suit any craving.

COWRA BOWLING CLUB

■ Locally owned cafe situated at the rear of Logan Court Arcade with plenty of parking close by in Kendal Street or Coles carpark ■ Extensive menu – cakes, fresh sandwiches and wraps plus a great selection of burgers, salads and meals ■ Serving breakfast, lunch and morning/afternoon tea ■ Gluten-free meals available ■ Pet-friendly outdoor seating area ■ Variety of cold drinks including soft drinks, frappes, milkshakes along with all your favourite hot drinks from great locally roasted coffee and fresh leaf teas to your creamy hot chocolates with marshmallows ■ FREE Wi-Fi available for customers

02 6341 2334 | caferuze@bigpond.com www.facebook.com/caferuze

Shop 1, Logan Court, 91 Kendal Street, Cowra NSW 2794

BREAKOUT BRASSERIE

Indoor and outdoor dining We provide great coffee and food made from fresh local produce including gluten-free options in a great atmosphere with indoor and outdoor dining. Find us on Facebook. 02 6342 4555 | breakoutbrasserie@hotmail.com www.facebook.com/breakoutbrasserie 5/37 Macquarie Street, Cowra NSW 2794

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Cowra’s beef and lamb products are the envy of the country, as is the fresh seasonal asparagus that grows around the area. Add to this the introduction of specialty local products such as prunes, olives and olive oil, stone fruit and honey products, and your palate will thank you for stopping in our town.

Over 3000 members and growing! Cowra Bowling and Recreation Club is located in the township of Cowra. With over 3000 members and growing, we are considered one of the friendliest venues in town with the abundance of natural light and the views over 3 grass bowling greens considered a highlight. ■ We cater for all skill levels of bowlers and host many barefoot bowls and Christmas party events for all that are interested ■ 90 seat bistro as well as function and meeting facilities that can handle between 10 and 200 people ■ Full TAB and Keno facilities ■ Bar with the latest ranges of beers and local wines

02 6342 1836 (Club) | 02 6342 3084 (Restaurant) operations@cowrabowlingclub.com.au www.cowrabowlingclub.com.au 27 Vaux Street, Cowra NSW 2794

HONG KONG CHINESE RESTAURANT

■ Fully licensed, serving lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks ■ Great for groups and kids

02 6342 4088 | hongkongcowra@gmail.com www.facebook.com/hkchinesecowra 130 Kendal Street, Cowra NSW 2794


THE QUARRY RESTAURANT & CELLAR DOOR 7191 Lachlan Valley Way (Boorowa Rd), Cowra NSW 2794

02 6342 3650 quarry@bigpond.net.au www.thequarryrestaurant.com.au Wine Tastings from 10.30am till 3.30pm and lunch from 12pm Thursday to Sunday. Dinner Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm and other times by appointment. Enjoy a glass or two of Cowra’s finest wines whilst sampling regional food prepared by chefs Paul and Anne Loveridge in a beautiful garden setting amongst the vines. Reviewed and recommended by the SMH Good Food Guide four years running.

IMPERIAL HOTEL

COWRA SERVICES CLUB

Old world charm with country hospitality Located in the main street of Cowra, The Imperial offers a complete package to the weary traveller.

Cowra Services Club Bistro is the ideal venue to enjoy a delicious family meal, a quick bite to eat or even a relaxing coffee with friends.

Ample off street parking is provided. Accommodation is available, providing spacious and pleasant ensuite rooms as well as rooms with shared bathroom facilities that are affordably priced. We cater for both the individual traveller as well as families. The Imperial’s reputation is based on providing an amazing dining experience. The restaurant is air conditioned with full table service and is positioned separately to be more intimate. The remainder of the ground floor provides relaxed bistro dining. A beer garden area is available at the rear of the building.

■ Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and Sundays for breakfast ■ New coffee shop with outdoor balcony seating ■ Function and Conference facilities available ■ New 30 room motel (see Accommodation section of this booklet for details)

So whether you just pop in for a drink, grab some lunch, enjoy our dinner service or stay with us for a few days, we hope to see you at The Impy! 02 6341 2588 | theimperialcowra@outlook.com www.facebook.com/impycowra 16-18 Kendal Street, Cowra NSW 2794

02 6342 1144 | l.garratt@cowraservicesclub.net.au www.cowraservicesclub.net.au 101 Brisbane Street, Cowra NSW 2794

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COWRA WINE REGION

Cowra is home to some of the most exceptional wine tasting experiences in New South Wales. With warm days, cool nights and dry, late summers, our vignerons are able to grow superior grape varieties. Combine this with their passion for perfection and you have the recipe for some of the most outstanding wines in Australia.

COWRA WINE & FORAGE TOURS

The Cowra Wine & Forage Tours offer visitors the chance to enjoy the delicious food and wine of the Cowra & Canowindra region whilst meeting the makers at the farm gates and cellar doors along the way. With the high proportion of organic wine produced in the region, the tours have developed a unique point of difference, allowing visitors to learn about the methods involved in producing organic wine as they taste them. For more information on the Cowra Wine & Forage Tours contact the Cowra Visitor Information Centre on 02 6342 4333.

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COWRA WINE SHOW The Cowra Wine Show is one of the largest wine shows in Australia with approximately 1,500 wines being judged. The show provides a great opportunity for both small and large producers to showcase their wines with the aim of winning bronze, silver or gold medals. The event culminates in a Public Tasting Night, where attendees have the exclusive opportunity to sample the newly awarded wines and test their tasting skills against the expert Cowra Wine Show judges.

Did you know? The Cowra and Canowindra area is home to one of Australia’s most sustainable wine regions. Approximately 75% of all brands in the Cowra Wine Region are certified organic!


THE QUARRY CELLAR DOOR & RESTAURANT 7191 Lachlan Valley Way (Boorowa Rd) 5km from Cowra Visitor Information Centre Cowra NSW 2794

02 6342 3650 quarry@bigpond.net.au www.thequarryrestaurant.com.au

Wine Tastings from 5 local vineyards – Kalari, Pinnaroo, Rosnay, Swinging Bridge & Wallingtons. Tastings from 10.30am to 3.30pm Thursday to Sunday with Lunch from 12pm. Dinner Friday & Saturday from 6.30pm. Taste the best from the Cowra Wine Region whilst sampling regional food prepared by chef Paul Loveridge in a beautiful garden setting. Two open fires in the cooler months.

ROSNAY ORGANIC

Reviewed and recommended by the SMH Good Food Guide.

Award winners Visit Rosnay – the Statham family’s pioneering organic farm producing award winning wines, olives, olive oil and figs – at any time by appointment. Give us a call to arrange a personalised tour and tasting or visit our website. Book our farmstay accommodation.

02 6344 3215 | 0428 667 317 | info@rosnay.com.au www.rosnay.com.au 510 Rivers Road, Canowindra NSW 2804

COWRA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

The Cowra Visitor Information Centre offers a wide range of spectacular local wine and produce and we also hold regular tastings, giving our visitors the chance to sample the very best that the region has to offer. For information on everything Cowra, give us a call, or pop into the Cowra Visitor Information Centre where our friendly team will help make the most out of your stay. 02 6342 4333 | info@cowratourism.com.au www.visitcowra.com.au Cnr Mid Western Hwy, Young & Boorowa Rd, Cowra NSW 2794

PINNAROO ESTATE WINES

Award Winning Wines Pinnaroo Estate Wines are available at Cowra Tourism Centre or online. 0447 904 369 | sales@pinnaroowines.com.au www.pinnaroowines.com.au 16 Jubilee Avenue, Warriewood NSW 2102

WALLINGTON WINES Wallington Wines is an Organic and Biodynamic family farm producing grapes and olives just outside Canowindra. The unique straw bale winery is open by appointment for tours and wine tastings with the winemaker. Book ahead for wood-fired pizza and grazing plates. The farm has a beautifully renovated pise cott age that is available for short stays on the property. Become a friend of Wallington by joining our Wine Wally Club to keep up to date with what’s going on and be the first to know about our special deals. ■ Open by Appointment ■ Wine Tours and Tastings ■ Function Venue ■ Winery Farm Stay Cott age 02 6344 7153 | 0427 732 895 | info@wallingtonwines.com.au www.wallingtonwines.com.au 82 Lawrences Road, Nyrang Creek NSW 2804

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RETAIL Shopping in Cowra is as it should be relaxed and easy, with plenty of parking. Cowra boasts a variety of retail options to choose from, all with a unique country style and friendly service. RETAIL

With a wide range of stores selling everything from fine regional produce, camping and fishing gear or artfully designed homewares, Cowra has it all. If it’s something specific you’re looking for, be sure to contact the friendly team at the Cowra Visitor Information Centre on 02 6342 4333 or visit www.visitcowra.com.au/shopping.

UNEARTHED HOMEWARES

+ Ingrid Mansley Interior Designs We offer an ever changing range of premium and affordable lifestyle products, including gorgeous art, furniture, cushions and rugs. Stocking brands such as Juju & Co, Woolf Leather, French Country, Mayvn, Peppermint Grove, Salus and much more. We also provide an Interior Design and Sourcing Service to create timeless, beautiful spaces suited to any style and budget. 0413 960 031 | ingridmansleyinteriordesign@gmail.com www.unearthedhomewares.com 4/37 Macquarie Street, Cowra NSW 2794

OLIVE & CLOVER

Eclectic mix of unique, sophisticated and affordable women’s fashion and accessories. Loaded with individual ‘one-off’ items paired alongside brands such as Binny, ELK, Maud A. Dainty, See Saw, Alessandra, Goondiwindi Cotton and more. 0474 545 268 | info@oliveandclover.com.au www.oliveandclover.com.au Shop 2, 37 Macquarie Street, Cowra NSW 2794

TONY MOONEY COLLECTABLES ■ Collectables ■ Old Wares ■ Gift s 02 6342 2393 | 0409 455 327 mooney343@bigpond.com 14 Redfern Street, Cowra NSW 2794

RAINE & HORNE

Cowra Now you have experienced a slice of country life why not make a move and buy a piece of it? Raine & Horne Cowra offer the best rural and residential property sales and management advice and have a fully qualified friendly team to help you make that important decision. Call in and have a chat while you are visiting.

02 6342 6880 | 0418 208 021 (David Fagan) | info@cowra.rh.com.au www.raineandhorne.com.au/cowra 27 Kendal Street, Cowra NSW 2794

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TOURS Travel in comfort with a guided tour of our beautiful region. Taste the local wine, meet the producers, learn about our history, and experience the spectacular seasonal views that the region has to offer. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s a tour for you.

COWRA BUS SERVICE ■ Specialising in Organised Day and Extended Tours ■ Local Winery and History Tours ■ Special Events ■ Weddings, Birthdays and other Celebrations ■ Christmas Parties and Mystery Tours

COWRA CANOLA TOURS As spring approaches, Cowra’s landscape transforms, glowing bright with beautiful fields of gold. Every year the popular Cowra Canola Tours offer spectacular views of Cowra’s Canola Region. Tours run throughout September and early October, subject to crop availability.

COWRA WINE & FORAGE TOURS The Cowra Wine & Forage Tours offer visitors the chance to enjoy the delicious food and wine of the Cowra and Canowindra region whilst meeting the makers at the farm gates and cellar doors along the way.

■ Your local School and Passenger Services – supplying quality school services, day and extended school and sporting club excursions to Cowra and surrounding district ■ ‘Hail & Ride’ Town Service

02 6342 1021 | info@cowrabus.com.au www.cowrabus.com.au 93-97 Redfern Street, Cowra NSW 2794

IDEAL TOURS

Specialising in small group tours Travel in style in air-conditioned mini bus or coaster. Available for personalised wine tours, charter tours, shuttle service and Cowra tour guide service. For bookings and enquiries please phone Allan Vorias.

COWRA ATTRACTION & HISTORY TOURS Cowra Attraction & History Tours operate on Tuesdays and Fridays and offer a great opportunity for groups to explore the various historical sites and attractions that Cowra has to offer, including the Prisoner of War Campsite, Peace Bell and War Cemeteries.

MORE INFORMATION For more information on guided tours in the Cowra Region contact the Cowra Visitor Information Centre on 02 6342 4333 or visit www.visitcowra.com.au/tours.

02 6342 1797 | 0412 818 715 voriasa@tpg.com.au www.cowraidealtours.yolasite.com

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ANNUAL EVENTS SUMMER

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COWRA CHRISTMAS STREET FESTIVAL

COWRA FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING

WYANGALA BONFIRE & FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

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COWRA NEW YEAR’S EVE BEACH PARTY December

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COWRA WINE SHOW July

COWRA BREAKOUT ANNIVERSARY August


MARKETS COWRA COMMUNITY MARKETS Every Third Saturday

MOORBEL HALL MARKETS Every First Saturday

GOOLOOGONG LOG CABIN MARKETS Second Sunday (Bi-Monthly)

SHOWS / FAIRS COWRA SPRING SHOW October

WOODSTOCK SHOW September

CANOWINDRA SHOW September

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CALLEEN ART AWARD CANOWINDRA BAROQUEFEST October

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WELCOME TO ECONO LODGE ALABASTER

atmosphere with the best views in town! It’s only a 10 minute walk to Cowra’s local clubs, restaurants and shops. The motel consists of 16 rooms, six standard, five deluxe, two executive king rooms, two 2-bedroom units; and one wheelchair friendly room. All rooms have whisper quiet Daiken reverse cycle air-conditioning, electric blankets, tea/ coffee making facilities, Foxtel, refrigerator, microwave, complimentary wireless broadband, direct dial phones and ironing equipment. All rooms are also non-smoking, however ashtrays have been provided in convenient locations outdoors. The deluxe units, set well back from the road, are elevated, very spacious and open onto a large balcony offering picturesque rural views. The bedrooms have queen size beds and a single bed, all with 42” plasma TVs, electric blankets, table, chairs and a sofa. The comfortable standard rooms have a queen size bed or a double and a single bed, all with 26” digital LCD TVs and electric blankets. Every room has undercover vehicle parking and is perfect for car and motorcycle club activities. Extra parking is also available for trailers and large vehicles. Book online through our website - no booking or cancellation fees.

RENOVATED ROOMS EVENING MEALS 7 DAY ROOM SERVICE COMPLIMENTARY INTERNET

20-22 Lynch Street, Cowra 2794 GPS: -33.832683, 148.700718 Tel: 02 6342 3133

RESERVATIONS: 1800 455 475

Email: alabastercowra@bigpond.com.au

www.alabastermotelcowra.com.au


ACCOMMODATION Both Cowra and Canowindra offer a great range of quality accommodation to suit your individual needs. Whether you’re after traditional hotel/motel accommodation, a self-contained apartment, a unique and interesting farm stay, a friendly bed and breakfast or even just a campsite to park your caravan, Cowra has you covered.

For more information on accommodation options, contact the Cowra Visitor Information Centre on 02 6342 4333 or visit www.visitcowra.com.au.

Cowra Van Park is located on the bank of the picturesque Lachlan River only 100 metres from the main shopping precinct and central to all the attractions that Cowra has to offer. The Park offers a range of self-contained ensuite cabins and a variety of sites including concrete slab, grass and drive through that accommodate caravans, motorhomes, camping, big rigs and fifth wheelers. Park facilities include:  Modern clean amenities  Camp kitchen  Free electric BBQs  Dump point  Coin operated laundry  Accessible bathroom  Free WiFi  Proud to be a pet friendly park Cowra Van Park is the ideal spot for you to relax, unwind and discover Cowra.

2a Lachlan Street, Cowra | T: 02 6342 1627 E: stay@cowravanpark.com.au

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TOWNHOUSE MOTEL

Townhouse Motel is centrally located in the main street of Cowra. Offering 35 ground floor rooms – a mixture of queen, twin & family accommodation – all rooms have: • Ensuites • Air conditioning • Microwave • Toaster • Small fridge • Free Wi-Fi • Smart TV with Netflix & YouTube Breakfast is available 7 days a week. Beautiful enclosed courtyard garden with large saltwater pool & BBQ. Plenty of parking. Group and coach bookings welcome.

15-19 Kendal Street, Cowra NSW p: 02 6342 1055 e: stay@townhousemotel.com.au www.townhousemotel.com.au

STOKE HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST – TEAPOTS LICENSED CAFE No matter what the weather, you will feel warm and welcome at Stoke House Bed and Breakfast and Teapots Licensed Cafe. 02 6367 3235 | pecram@skymesh.com.au www.stokehousecarcoar.com 12 Naylor Street (across the bridge), Carcoar NSW 2791

COWRA HOLIDAY PARK Located in a rural setting 5 minutes east of the Cowra town centre, Cowra Holiday Park is the perfect location for a weekend away, an overnight stop on your travels, or a family holiday. The rustic, pet friendly park caters for caravans, motorhomes, buses and campers with large drive-through, powered & ensuite sites (all with sullage) as well as unpowered sites. The park features an undercover heated pool, large clean amenities (including accessible bathroom) with plenty of hot showers, dump point, coin-operated laundry and our classic ‘Goods Shed’ free barbeque area (with fireplace in winter months), perfect for a chat with fellow guests at the end of the day. For those seeking fully self-contained accommodation, the park offers a range of cabins (linen included – some can sleep 8) all with AC plus full kitchen & ensuite, and a bunkhouse too! 02 6342 2666 | info@cowraholidaypark.com.au www.cowraholidaypark.com.au 10256 Mid-Western H’way (Sydney Rd) (park entry off Elouera Road), Cowra NSW 2794

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One of Cowra’s newest motels 17 luxury ground floor units Spa suite Two bedroomed suites Deluxe suites Large LCD flat screen TVs

 Room service – breakfast and dinner, 7 days  Foxtel  Central location  Reverse cycle air conditioning  Free Wi-Fi

181-183 Kendal Street, Cowra | 02 6342 6111 | breakout@breakoutmotel.com.au | breakoutmotel.com.au

COWRA SERVICES CLUB MOTEL

105–111 Brisbane Street COWRA P: 02 6341 1999 E: bookings@cscmotel.com.au

www.cscmotel.com.au

‘Convenience & Comfort where you expect to find it, along with exceptional service’ Built in 2015, just a block from the Main Street, the Cowra Services Club Motel is centrally located and close to most of Cowra’s popular tourist attractions. A beautiful, quiet motel consisting of 30 superbly appointed rooms that have been thoughtfully and tastefully decorated. • Various room configurations including king, queen and single, Retreat Suite, family rooms and twin shares • Large TVs with Foxtel • Complimentary Wi-Fi • Secure off-street parking • Disability access rooms • Our Retreat Suite offers king cloud bed, lounge area, balcony along with free-standing bath tub and rainfall shower featured in the bathroom Cowra Services Club is open for lunch and dinner. Room service and continental breakfast are available to rooms.

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131 KENDAL | SERVICED APARTMENTS ■ Stylish, two bedroom serviced apartments with lounge and fully equipped kitchen

COWRA CREST MOTEL Winner of Star Ratings Gold List Award 2016 and 2017 – rated 10th Best Motel in Central NSW

■ Located in the CBD within close proximity to Cowra’s attractions, dining and shopping precincts

■ Family operated and owned

■ Only 100m from the Art Gallery, Peace Bell and Civic Centre and walking distance to the Japanese Garden

■ Spacious rooms with new furniture and beds

■ Linen is included ■ Perfect location whether staying one night or one week

■ Clean, very quiet accommodation in the heart of Cowra ■ New split system airconditioning in each room ■ 12 easy access ground floor units with parking at the front door ■ Fully equipped kitchenettes and microwave in each room ■ Free Wi-Fi and 8 Foxtel channels ■ Supermarket and liquor store located out our back gate ■ 2 club bistros and other eateries within a 1 to 3 minute walk ■ CBD shops 80 metres from the motel

0428 697 884 | kendal131@bigpond.com www.accommodationcowra.com.au

02 6342 2799 | thecrest@bigpond.net.au www.cowracrestmotel.com.au

COWRA MOTOR INN

PARADISE

Nestled just off the main street you will find us in a quiet and easy to access location. Restaurants and the main shopping strip are all only five minutes walking distance and we are just across the road from one of the main sports ovals in town. Whether it’s an overnight stay or a couple of days to explore the region, we make sure your stay is memorable for the right reasons.

Magnificent historic Cowra home built in 1883 ‘Paradise’ benefits from a homely ambience and takes full advantage of its elevated position on Bellevue Hill being located at the northern end of Macquarie Street providing commanding westerly views over the Lachlan Valley.

131 Kendal Street, Cowra NSW 2794

■ 25 rooms all with reverse cycle air conditioning ■ Family units available ■ Pool ■ Dining room and room service breakfasts ■ Free Wi-Fi ■ 24 hour check in system

02 6342 2011 | stay@cowramotorinn.com.au www.cowramotorinn.com.au 3 Macquarie Street, Cowra NSW 2794

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133 Kendal Street, Cowra NSW 2794

This deceptively large home spans three levels comprising ground floor living room with wood burner, kitchen, cellar, shower room and laundry. Upstairs there is a substantial formal dining room, sunroom and bathroom along with five generous bedrooms configured to offer two queen, two double and two king single sized beds that complete this wonderful home. It is located between Cowra town centre and the Japanese Garden and Visitors Centre which are a pleasant stroll away. The sheer size means it is a house for all seasons and caters for a wide range of events. Whether a country weekend getaway or a large family reunion or function, ‘Paradise’ offers an ideal meeting point where people can come together under one roof. 02 6342 4333 info@cowratourism.com.au

88–90 Macquarie Street, Cowra NSW 2794


AALANA MOTOR INN

CIVIC MOTOR INN

Your home away from home in the heart of beautiful Cowra

Your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Cowra The Civic Motor Inn is set on four acres of landscaped gardens, located off the highway in a quiet location.

■ Great hot showers ■ Fully air conditioned

■ 26 ground floor ensuite units overlooking the picturesque Cowra Golf Course

■ Large family rooms ■ New king and queen beds

■ Standard, family and interconnecting rooms

■ Free Wi-Fi ■ Room service – breakfast and dinner ■ TripAdvisor 2015–16 winner

■ Caters for buses and large groups ■ Saltwater swimming pool and BBQ/outdoor area ■ Free Wi-Fi ■ Located 200 metres from McDonalds and the Visitor Information Centre ■ Plenty of parking for tour buses

02 6341 1177 | info@aalanamotorinn.com.au www.aalanamotorinn.com.au 161 Kendal Street, Cowra NSW 2794

BREAKAWAY APARTMENTS

Newest Apartments in Cowra Irresistible boutique-style 1, 2 and 3 bedroom fully self-contained accommodation. 2 locations: ■ 6 Railway Street – Conveniently located within walking distance of the Cowra CBD, clubs, restaurants and shops ■ 35 London Drive – Located in close proximity to Japanese Gardens and approximately 2km to Cowra CBD. Magnificent View. 02 6342 2076 | 0417 333 105 | breakawayapartments@bigpond.com.au www.breakawayapartments.com.au 6 Railway Street, Cowra NSW 2794

RUSTIC FARM STAY The Shearing Shed This charming renovated shearing shed is just 5km from the heart of Cowra. It features spacious open plan living with many contemporary comforts – airconditioning, king bed, luxury linen, a cosy fire and BBQ. Featured on the Sydney Weekender in July 2018, ‘The shed oozes ambience and is set in a beautiful natural environment surrounded by animals, making it a unique and magical “escape to the country”’. 0402 205 179 www.visitcowra.com.au/rustic-farm-stay or find us on Airbnb Camp Road, Cowra NSW 2794

02 6341 1753 | civicmotorinn@bigpond.com www.civicmotorinn.com.au

Olympic Highway (Young Road), Cowra NSW 2794

MACASSAR ST BNB

Modern home in Central Cowra ideal for families, groups and couples. ■ Comfortable and stylish accommodation ■ 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8 – children welcome ■ Free Wi-Fi and Netflix ■ Breakfast included ■ Owners quarters upstairs – we interact as much or as little as you prefer ■ Walking distance to the Japanese Gardens and other attractions 0419 610 882 | cathfitzsimmons@outlook.com Also listed on Airbnb & HomeAway 35 Macassar Street, Cowra NSW 2794

VINEYARD MOTEL

Multi award winning hospitality 4kms along Boorowa Road ■ Extremely quiet ■ Complimentary continental breakfast ■ Just 6 spacious rooms – queen beds ■ Wide verandas, amazing views ■ Licensed – beer & local wines ■ Wi-Fi, pool & guest BBQ ■ Pets most welcome, with prior notice 02 6342 3641 | bookings@vineyardmotel.com.au www.vineyardmotel.com.au 42 Chardonnay Road, Cowra NSW 2794

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CANOWINDRA Canowindra (pronounced ca-noun-dra) is just 33km north of Cowra, about 20 minutes by car and is a destination well worth the trip. The word ‘Canowindra’ is derived from the Wiradjuri word meaning ‘home’. CANOWINDRA

Take a step back in time with Canowindra’s historic main street and its beautifully restored buildings, shops, guesthouses, cafés and country pubs. At the end of the main street you will find the intriguing Age of Fishes Museum, home to an incredible collection of 360-millionyear-old fish fossils presented with brilliant and engaging hands-on exhibits. For visitors who enjoy a flight of fancy, Canowindra is often referred to 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. Every year over ten thousand visitors flock to Canowindra to witness the spectacle that is the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge. Dozens of pilots take to the skies, competing in a myriad of different tasks, culminating in the popular Balloon Glow and Night Market where balloons light up the night sky in a visual spectacle that has to be seen to be believed.

Did you know? In 1863, Robinson’s Pub (now the Royal Hotel Canowindra) was held up by the famous bushranger Ben Hall and his gang. It was there that they took the entire town of Canowindra hostage for three days. The captive citizens were provided with food, drink and entertainment at the gang’s expense. Visitors can take a step back in time with Blind Freddy’s Bushranger Tours and discover Canowindra’s incredible Colonial history.

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THE FALLS RETREAT Peaceful getaway with lovely rural and vineyard views just five minutes from Canowindra. This modern guest stay, located in the garden of a beautiful old homestead, is ideal for small groups. Booked as a whole, it sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms. The generous living spaces overlook an indoor pool/ spa and there is also a private patio and barbecue adjoining the tennis court. The perfect place to relax and enjoy all that this beautiful area has to offer. 0429 441 204 thefallsretreat@westnet.com.au 3994 Belubula Way, Canowindra NSW 2804


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TILGA GUEST STAY Peaceful and elegant, Tilga is situated within a picturesque property only 1km from Canowindra. ■ 1 queen + 2 twin bedrooms ■ Bathrooms and ensuite ■ Spacious living and dining ■ Fully equipped kitchen ■ Continental breakfast ■ Reverse cycle aircon ■ Verandah with views

02 6344 1257 | 0409 050 401 | enquiries@tilga.com.au www.tilga.com.au 4307 Belubula Way, Canowindra NSW 2804

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THE OLD VIC INN HISTORIC GUESTHOUSE Winner of many inland and NSW Tourism Awards This guesthouse with a unique country pub feel but without the noisy pokies or public bars is situated in the middle of Canowindra’s picturesque main street. ■ Features 15 beautiful heritage rooms all with ensuites ■ All rooms have king or queen beds with a variety of family rooms

EDDYS OF CANOWINDRA ■ Historically restored convent ■ Accommodation for groups of 2–32 people ■ 10 bedrooms (4 with ensuites) and disabled facilities ■ Reverse cycle A/C in all rooms ■ Full commercial kitchen ■ BBQ and huge back deck

■ Victorian Architecture including iron laced verandahs, high ceilings and polished floors with cosy lounge areas for guests

■ Dining room and lounge room

■ The ideal place for romantic weekends, family getaways and reunions, group bookings and conferences

■ Easy walk to town centre

■ Off-street parking for cars and coaches

■ Try dining in our fully licensed restaurant with many local wines at our charming little bar with draught beer on tap – menu is traditional Australian fare featuring delightful Cowra lamb, local beef and pork plus a range of old recipe desserts like grandma made 02 6344 1009 | info@oldvicinn.com.au www.oldvicinn.com.au 56 Gaskill Street, Canowindra NSW 2804

0498 729 947 | info@eddysofcanowindra.com.au www.eddysofcanowindra.com.au 13 Tilga Street, Canowindra NSW 2804

BALLOON JOY FLIGHTS

“Enjoy the Experience” Join us for an early morning Balloon Flight over the picturesque Belubula Valley and experience the magic and tranquility of an airborne adventure. Your morning activities last about 3–4 hours and finish with a champagne breakfast and espresso coffee. The region’s most experienced balloon flight operator, our balloons hold up to 3, 8 or 10 passengers. Gift certificates/group discounts available.

Nursery, Garden and Emporium

02 6344 1819 | 0428 441 819 | flyingwinejan@gmail.com www.balloonjoyflights.com.au 752 Longs Corner Road, Canowindra NSW 2804

CANOWINDRA RIVERVIEW MOTEL We are located opposite the local swimming pool and a short stroll to the historical main street. Queen beds, R/C a/c, electric blankets, fridge, microwave and complimentary Wi-Fi. Riverview Cott age has 4 bedrooms, cooking facilities.

02 6344 1633 | info@rvmotel.com.au www.canowindrariverviewmotel.com.au 3 Tilga Street, Canowindra NSW 2804

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Perennialle Plants Nursery offers rare, hard to find, frost and drought tolerant perennials, shrubs and other garden plants, all grown in Canowindra. The beautiful garden showcases the plants offered for sale and the emporium offers a wide range of quality tools and accessories, as well as kitchenware and giftware Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm 52 Rodd St, Canowindra, NSW 2804 Phone 0427077798 plants@perennialle.com.au


CANOWINDRA TRADING POST OPEN 7 days a week 8am — 5pm ■ Wander through the two floors of the Canowindra Trading Post ■ Enjoy the ambience created by the eclectic mix of old and new ■ Antique furniture, homewares, gift s, lamps, jewellery, garden features ■ All day meals to enjoy indoors or in the tranquil garden setting ■ Groups most welcome for meals, coffee and a browse ■ Book an evening for a group for fun or as a fundraiser

FINN’S STORE 35 Gaskill St Canowindra

FULLY LICENSED CAFÉ & GALLERY An amazing, exotic emporium of gifts, clothing and jewellery which is also fast becoming the premier food, wine, coffee and art venue of the Central West. Enjoy a glass of wine in our fully licensed café and browse the array of treasures whilst admiring the art of the ‘Ducks Back’ Studio Gallery. Finn's Store is also available for function hire.

02 6344 1529 | justask@canowindratradingpost.com.au www.canowindratradingpost.com.au 46–50 Ferguson Street, Canowindra NSW 2804

open Thursday to Sunday 9.30am - 4pm 02 6344 1638 | 0418 259 868 g.yeo1@bigpond.com

AGE OF FISHES MUSEUM

Long before the dinosaurs, the mighty rivers of the Central West teemed with bizarre, ancient fishes – fish with armour shells, fish with lungs and huge predators with jaws like crocodiles. Thousands of their fossils were found at Canowindra and give us a unique glimpse into life during the Devonian Period – the ‘Age of Fishes’. Open 10am – 4pm every day of the year (except Anzac Day morning and Christmas Day). 02 6344 1008 | aof@colourcity.com www.ageoffishes.org.au 129 Gaskill Street, Canowindra NSW 2804

THE BLUE BOWERBIRD Unique Gift ware and Collectables The Blue Bowerbird offers a unique and quirky range of gift ware. Laybys welcome along with gift vouchers and free gift wrapping. ■ Mini porcelain animals

■ Novelty Tea Pots

■ Vintage nautical pieces

■ Artificial flowers

■ ‘Man cave’ items

■ Wind up tin toys

■ Tiff any-style leadlight lamps

■ Hanging mobiles

■ Trinket holders

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DELICE COFFEE

Open for breakfast and lunch At Delice we roast our own coffee to make into delicious brews. We also bake our own cakes and the majority of our menu is available gluten free. Monday - Saturday 8:00am till 2:30pm anton@delicecoffee.com.au 18 Tilga Street, Canowindra NSW 2804

■ Novelty salt n pepper shakers We are open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm; Saturday & Sunday 9am – 4pm.

0418 597 386 | ideas@thebluebowerbird.com.au www.thebluebowerbird.com.au 65 Gaskill Street, Canowindra NSW 2804

MORE INFORMATION P: 02 6342 4333 E: info@cowratourism.com.au www.visitcowra.com.au /VisitCowra

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STREET INDEX

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POW HOLOGRAM D8 POW HOLOGRAM THEATRE.................................... D8

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COWRA ROSE ROSE GARDEN GARDEN................................................ D8 COWRA D8

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LONE PINE PINE PARK PARK................................................................ E8E8 LONE

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COWRA SCULPTURE PARK BELL........................ G6 G8 AUSTRALIA’S WORLD PEACE

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AUSTRALIA’S WORLD PEACE BELL......................... G8 G8 COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY

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JAPANESE GARDEN & COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY G8 CULTURAL CENTRE.........................................................G6

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BELLEVUE HILL & SCENIC LOOKOUT G7 COWRA SCULPTURE PARK......................................... G6

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BELLEVIEW HILL LOOKOUT & JAPANESE GARDEN AND G6 ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND....................................... G7 CULTURAL CENTRE

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PRISONER OF WAR CAMPSITE AND GARRISON GATES..............................................................G4 GARRISON WALK J3

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COWRA COWRA SERVICES BOWLINGCLUB CLUB.............................................. F9F8

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COWRA CLUB.............................................. COWRA BOWLING GOLF CLUB D10F9

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COWRA CLUBCLUB .....................................................F8 D10 COWRA GOLF SERVICES

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Cowra Tourism Corporation wishes to thank the advertisers for supporting this guide along with the local photographers for their contribution. Thank you to Robyn Coffey for kindly providing our Welcome. Special mention to Interactivink for the design and production of the guide. Cowra Tourism also acknowledges the significant support provided by Cowra Shire Council.

DISCLAIMER 

Information contained in this brochure is supplied by individual operators and images have been used with permission. Every endeavour has been made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this publication as at May 2019. Cowra Tourism Corporation, their employees, contractors and agents cannot be held responsible for any consequences resulting from the use of the information and images or errors contained herein. All images are copyright of their respective owners and may not be used in any form without the appropriate permission.

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Cowra, Canowindra & Countryside Escape Planner  

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Cowra, Canowindra & Countryside Escape Planner  

Make your visit an unforgettable experience.