about cowra

Cowra is nestled on the Lachlan River, in the Central West of New South Wales  with a population base of approximately 13,000 people and a thriving economy that is largely driven by a diverse and growing agricultural and related industries sector.


The Township is centrally located on the intersection of 3 major highway systems, which provide direct links to the metropolitan cities of Sydney (4 hours) and Canberra (2 hours) as well as the major regional centres of Bathurst (1 hour), Orange (1 hour) and Dubbo (2.5 hours). 


Cowra is Wiradjuri Country. The community is proud of it's rich and diverse Aboriginal and European heritage. One of the places where this heritage is recognised and celebrated is the Cowra Peace Precinct, which adjoins Valley View Estate. The Peace Precinct is a wonderful area of passive open space that is highly significant to Aboriginal people. It is also the home of the State Heritage listed Cowra Prisoner of War Camp and the Cowra Japanese Gardens & Cultural Centre. 


The community is proud of it's identity as the centre for World Peace in Australia, having the nation's only World Peace Bell. Cowra was proudly awarded the Australian World  Peace Bell in 1992 by the United Nations for its long standing contribution to world peace and international understanding.  

Tourism is alive and well in Cowra. The major draw-cards for the area are the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp, the Cowra Japanese Gardens & Cultural Centre, Wyangala Dam and the Wyangala Waters Inland Water Holiday Park, which boasts excellent accommodation and camping facilities, walking trails, picnic areas and spectacular fishing and boating opportunities. 

Cowra is well serviced when it comes to education and medical services. There are 4 pre-schools, 3 primary schools and 2 high schools. There is a large hospital facility, several medical centres, a diagnostic imaging facility and many supporting health services including dentists, physiotherapists and chiropractors. There are 2 aged care facilities and many other community service organisations assisting the disabled and aged communities including Cowra Special Needs and the Cowra Information & Neighbourhood Centre. Cowra also has the benefit of many health and well-being professionals including the Cowra Health Centre (gym), several dance and martial arts studios , yoga centres, a public swimming pool, and a regular Park Run event. 

There are plenty of regular activities to keep busy. Attend an art workshop or exhibition, catch a movie at the Premier Cinema, or enjoy great food and beverages in one of the many local restaurants and bars. The region produces a mass of award winning locally grown food and produce, wine and craft beer.