Cowra was established in 1849 and began to flourish once gold fever swept through the region. The gold rush contributed to the establishment of many heritage buildings that still stand in Cowra today.
Cowra was the location of the largest Prisoner of War Breakout in modern military history and as a result, many attractions stand as a testimony to the war, including the Japanese and Australian War Cemeteries and the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre.
The Cowra Prisoner of War Campsite is one of the top heritage sites in NSW. Today, visitors can walk through the camp ruins and view a short free holographic presentation about the breakout at the POW theatre.
Cowra Civic Square houses the Australian World Peace Bell, which was erected as a symbol of the town’s commitment to international understanding. The Bell is made from melted down coins from the 103 member countries of the United Nations.
Cowra is peaceful by choice and beautiful by nature.