Cowra is in the Lachlan Valley, an attractive farming land where produce such as meats, vegetables and even wines are produced locally.
Perhaps best known for the failed escape attempt made by Japanese prisoners of war during World War 2, where 231 Japanese Prisoners of War (POW) perished together with 4 Australians.
Both, Australian and Japanese war cemeteries can be found towards the south of the town. A fine display of eight hundred cherry trees connect the cemeteries to the interesting cultural centre.
In an area famous for the failed prison escape, it should come as no surprise that a POW and military museum exists. Also don't miss the Mid State Rail Museum which locals claim to be home of the largest model railway in Australia. There is also a rather beautiful Japanese Garden that you should visit.
Cowra is renowned for its efforts to promote international understanding, playing host to the annual Festival of International Understanding and have being presented with a replica of the World Peace Bell. The original can be found in the UN building in the USA.
Close to Cowra is the beautiful Lake Wyangala which offers visitors the opportunity to participate in a range of water sports as well as enjoy fishing. Bushwalking is also a popular activity with a number of walking trails and picnic areas.
There are several places to stay in this beautiful area, as well as a good level of transport options.