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Central West NSW Road Trip: Your Complete Itinerary

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Central West NSW Road Trip: Your Complete Itinerary

Enjoy stunning scenery, try local cuisine and wine, and immerse yourself in history, culture and art on this epic family-friendly road trip through Central West NSW from Sydney to Orange, Parkes, Dubbo and back again via the Blue Mountains.

Blue Mountains (100km, 1.5 hrs)

Only 90 minutes from Sydney lies the first stop, the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.

Katoomba Falls

The region is full of art, history, thriving cafes and spectacular natural beauty. We highly recommend spending a few days in the area to explore Katoomba, Leura, Lithgow, Wentworth and Falconbridge. 

Get ideas on bush walks, waterfalls, high teas and galleries to visit in the Blue Mountains.

Oberon (87km, 1.5hr)

This beautiful little rural town is home to many farm stays, bush walks and gardens, but is best known for Jenolan Caves and the stunning Mayfield Garden. Jenolan Caves are the largest and most spectacular caves in Australia, and among world’s oldest caves.

Mayfield Garden Oberon

Mayfield Garden is one of the world’s largest privately-owned cool climate gardens, best visited in autumn and spring but stunning  year ’round.

Read more about visiting Mayfield Garden

Bathurst (48km, 40 mins)

Bathurst is home to 1000 heritage buildings, with over 200 years of European history, and tens of thousands of years of indigenous heritage. 

Things To See & Do In Historic Bathurst, NSW

This small town is a fab spot to stop for a few days or to base yourself for a longer stay and visit outlying towns. Bathurst has fantastic cafes and restaurant as well as an excellent adventure playground, the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum and the famous Mt Panorama racetrack.

We suggest driving from Bathurst to Orange and spending a few days at either town as a good base.

Read more about things to do in Bathurst.

Orange (56km, 1 hr)

Orange is a large regional town, with major facilities and shops. It’s also a wine region and known for its fine wine and excellent food.

Orange Lake Canobolas

The tranquil Lake Canobolas is a must-visit in the area, a lovely recreational area for the town with swimming beaches, a large playground and picnic areas. Orange is a great location to base yourself for a few days and see other towns in the region. A visit to the Heifer Station is a must.

We suggest driving from Orange to Cowra, with visiting Millthorpe and Carcoar along the way.

Read more about things to do in Orange.

Millthorpe (22km, 20 mins)

The perfect day trip in the Orange region, Millthorpe is a heritage-listed village with historical buildings, restaurants, shops and wineries. There are plenty of ways to spend a lovely day in Milthorpe.

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Read more about things to do in Milthorpe.

Carcoar (26km, 20 mins)

Visit the historic village of Carcoar in the NSW Central Tablelands. Take a walking tour of the preserved 19 century buildings set amongst picturesque green hills.

Carcoar

Read more about things to do in Carcoar.

Cowra (55km, 40 mins)

Discover Cowra’s stunning Japanese Garden, military history and outdoor activities. Visit in spring to experience fields of gold canola!  

Cowra

Cowra is a medium-sized country town with a fascinating history. The site of the largest Prisoner of War breakout in modern military history, Cowra has several sites to visit that speak to the town’s role in WW2. 

Cowra is also well known for their tranquil Japanese Garden and beautiful fields of canola in spring. 

We suggest driving from Cowra to Parkes, stopping at Canowindra along the way.

Read more about things to do in Cowra.

Canowindra (33km, 30 mins)

The historic village of Canowindra is home to hot air balloons, colonial history and a fascinating collection of prehistoric fish fossils.

Canowindra

Read more about a day trip to Canonwindra.

Parkes (75km, 1 hr)

We drove from Orange to Parkes stopping in Canowindra along the way. 

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Parkes has plenty of attractions, including the world-famous Parkes Radio Telescope ‘The Dish’, the Henry Parkes Centre, Peak Hill Open Cut Experience and vibrant street art.

Read about things to do in Parkes.

Dubbo (120km, 1.5 hrs)

Visit the vibrant regional city of Dubbo. Go wild at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and discover the region’s history and heritage.

9 Tips For Visiting Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, Australia

Read about things to do in Dubbo.

Gulgong (109km, 1 1/4 hrs)

Gulgong is a 19th-century gold rush town in the Central Tablelands that is absolutely worth stopping by on your drive from Dubbo to Mudgee.

Gulgong

Read more about visiting Gulgong NSW.

Mudgee (33km, 1/2 hr)

The famous wine town is a must-stop to enjoy strolling past the beautiful 19th century buildings, dining on excellent cuisine, sipping some locally-pressed wine and enjoying the country air.

Mudgee

Read more about things to do in Mudgee.

Mt Wilson / Mt Tomah / Bilpin (160km, 2 hrs)

This stunning area is technically part of the Blue Mountains region, however is a bit tricky to reach from the Katoomba-side. The region is well-known for its stunning gardens, particularly in spring and autumn, and orchards which are open for fruit picking seasonally.

Mudgee

Read about our experiences at the Royal Botanic Gardens Mt Tomah, Breenhold Gardens at Mt Wilson and Wildwood Garden at Bilpin. You can also find out where and when to go for fruit picking in Sydney or more ideas for what to do in the Blue Mountains area.

Back to Sydney (125km, 2hrs)

Central West NSW Road Trip Map

Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

Find plenty of things to do in Parkes.

Find things to do in Dubbo.

Read more about things to do in Mudgee.

Read more about visiting Gulgong NSW.

Find more NSW road trip ideas.

Step back in time in Gulgong NSW

Gulgong

Step back in time in Gulgong NSW

Take a walk through 19 century regional Australia in Gulgong, a former gold mining town in the Mudgee region of NSW.

Gulgong

In the 1870s people flocked to the town hoping to strike it rich. Gold was found at nearby Red Hill and 20,000 people came to the area seeking an easy fortune. Prior to the gold rush, Gulgong was just a large property for used for raising sheep. You can learn more about the gold rush at the Gulgong Pioneers Museum and on the Gulgong Gold Experience.

Gulgong

Gulgong has around 130 National Trust-listed buildings, many of which still have their original verandahs and iron-lace balconies.

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The town is also home to Australia’s oldest operating opera house, the Prince of Wales Opera House. Dame Nellie Melba once performed at the Oper House, which opened in 1871.

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Another museum to check out is the Gulong Holtermann Museum which features a collection of more than 350 photographs of the region from the UNESCO-listed Holtermann Collection and uses interactive displays to immerse visitors in the past.

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Gulgong was also home to the great Australian writer and bush poet Henry Lawson, who spent his childhood in the area. Drop by the Henry Lawson Centre to learn about his life and legacy.

Gulgong

Read more about things to do in Gulgong NSW.

Read more about things to do in nearby Mudgee.

Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

Find plenty of things to do in Parkes.

Find things to do in Dubbo.

Get your complete Central West NSW Road Trip itinerary.

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Things to do in Mudgee (with or without kids)

Mudgee

Things to do in Mudgee (with or without kids)

The famous wine town is a must-stop to enjoy strolling past the beautiful 19th century buildings, dining on excellent cuisine, sipping some locally-pressed wine and enjoying the country air. There are plenty of things to do in Mudgee!

Mudgee

Mudgee is a town with a lot of family history for us, so we have visited many times over the years.

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A few of our favourites things to do in Mudgee:

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Stroll through Lawson Park and along the Cudgegong River, stopping at the children’s playground or enjoying a picnic.

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There are some lovely sculptures dotted around the river walk.

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Taking a dip in Mudgee Swimming Pool and enjoying a splash in the new play area which includes a large water slide, rock pool, water spray platform, dumping bucket, spray cannons, jets and streams.

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Tasting honey at Mudgee Honey Haven, watching the bees hard at work and enjoying their delicious scones.

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Wine tasting at Bunnamagoo Estate, which also has lots of green space for kids to run around.

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Delicious brunch at Market Street Cafe and have your photo taken with the ping wings painted by Kelsey Montague in the alley around the corner.

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Pizzas or brekkie at Mudgee Brewing Company.

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The prettiest and tastiest cupcakes at Cake and Dessert Co.

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We stayed at the excellent Soldiers Motel.

Mudgee

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Get your complete Central West NSW Road Trip itinerary.

Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

Find plenty of things to do in Parkes.

Find things to do in Dubbo.

Read more about things to do in Mudgee.

Read more about visiting Gulgong NSW.

Find more NSW road trip ideas.

Things to do in Dubbo

9 Tips For Visiting Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, Australia

Things to do in Dubbo

Visit the vibrant regional city of Dubbo. Go wild at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and discover the region’s history and heritage. There are plenty of things to do in Dubbo!

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

9 Tips For Visiting Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, Australia

The highlight for us of all the things to do in Dubbo, and indeed to prime reason why many people head to this city, would have to be Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The 6km circuit of animals is a huge outing, often requiring two days to cover. 

Staying at the Zoofari Lodge, Taronga Western Plains Dubbo Zoo, Australia

We highly recommend staying onsite at the Zoofari Lodge if your budget extends to it. You can read about our experience at the Zoofari Lodge here, and at Taronga Western Plains Zoo here.

Old Dubbo Goal 

Old Dubbo Goal is a heritage-listed tourist attraction built in the 19th century and home to historic buildings and artefacts telling of its former life as a courthouse lockup and goal. The Goal features a large range of animatronics and holographic displays to create a realistic look into its brutal history. 

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Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden 

Enjoy 10 hectares of green space at Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden. Features include a traditional Japanese garden.

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Royal Flying Doctor Visitor Experience

Learn about the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service with hands-on, interactive displays that cover topics including aviation, communication, history and healthcare.

Founded in 1928 by Reverend John Flynn, the Flying Doctor is an invaluable service to people living in rural and remote areas of Australia. From emergency medical care and evacuation to regular clinics for remote communities,

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Dubbo Observatory

Explore the universe at Dubbo Observatory. Far away from the smog of big cities, stars, planets and galaxies can be seen at night through one of six telescopes.

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Wellington Caves

Discover an ancient, underworld landscape, home to the first megafauna discovery in Australia at Wellington Caves. Book ahead in peak times like school holidays as the cave tours do book up.

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Dubbo Regional Adventure Playground

Let the kids run wild at this exciting playground, located next to the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden. The Dubbo Regional Adventure Playground has 40 elements to explore, including a flying fox, giant slide and basket swing. The playground includes a barbecue facilities, toilets and accessible elements including a wheelchair-friendly Liberty Swing. 

Coronation Drive, Dubbo

Where to stay and eat in Dubbo

We enjoyed dining at the Dubbo RSL which has an excellent indoor kids’ play area. 

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We stayed at the Best Western Bluegum Motel. We highly recommend this 4.5 star property that was quiet, friendly and catered extremely well to families with large rooms and plenty of beds, plus removal of items in minibars, a kitchenette and free milk.


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Get your complete Central West NSW Road Trip itinerary.

Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

Find plenty of things to do in Parkes.

Find things to do in Dubbo.

Read more about things to do in Mudgee.

Read more about visiting Gulgong NSW.

Find more NSW road trip ideas.

Things to do in Parkes NSW

Parkes

Things to do in Parkes NSW

The world-famous Parkes Radio Telescope ‘The Dish’, the Henry Parkes Centre, Peak Hill Open Cut Experience and vibrant street art are just a few things to do in Parkes.

Parkes

The shire of Parkes is best-known for the Parkes Radio Telescope ‘The Dish’, however there are plenty of things to do in the town and surrounding area to justify more than an overnight stay.

The Dish

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The CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, star of the movie ‘The Dish,’ (2000) is located 20km north of Parkes, a a short 5km detour off the Newell Highway. It’s free to enter the Visitor Discovery Centre to explore the world of astronomy and learn about the role The Dish plays in ‘listening to the stars’.

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The hands-on exhibits will entertain the kids, as will the scavenger hunt activity option. There is also an excellent gift shop with a wide range of astronomy and space science books, DVD’s, science toys and souvenirs and a 3D theatre that runs every half hour (additional fee applies to watch the film).

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A snack at the Dish Cafe is an excellent way to enjoy the view of The Dish while recharging with brekkie, lunch, morning tea, coffee or a milkshake. 

The Discovery Centre is open 7 days a week from 8.30am to 4.15pm.

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Newell Highway, Approx 20km North of Parkes
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The Henry Parkes Centre

The Henry Parkes Centre incorporates four museums and the Parkes Visitor Information Centre. 

The King’s Castle Elvis Exhibit and Parkes Motor Museum adjoin the Visitor Information Centre. One pass gives entry to both collections. A separate admission fee applies to access to the Henry Parkes Museum and Antique Machinery Collection, which feature exhibits from traditional family history collections and agricultural machinery and equipment.

The Kings Castle is a collection of Elvis’ personal artefacts owned by Greg Page, the original ‘Yellow Wiggle’, expressing some of Elvis Presley’s life and career highs and lows. 

The Parkes Motor Museum is a collection of motor vehicles owned by the Parkes Antique Motor Club representing all heritage motoring eras. Up to 24 cars, 10 motorcycles and other motoring memorabilia are in display including 1914 Alldays and Onions, 1940 Holden bodied Oldsmobile Convertible, 1986 Jaguar XJ6 Paris Show display car.

Learn about Sir Henry Parkes inside Moat Cottage, a replica of where the Australian Statesman and ‘Father of Federation’ was born in Country Warwickshire, near the city of Coventry, England. The 20 min free theatre experience inside Moat Cottage tells the story of Sir Henry Parkes and his connection to Parkes.

The Henry Parkes Museum and Antique Machinery Exhibit depict early life in Parkes through objects, photos and historical information. A collection of historic buildings are houses on the site including a wooden schoolhouse and two churches, blacksmith shop, Silver City Comet carriage and 45 tractors.

Newell Highway

Kelly Reserve

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A lovely green space with covered BBQ area, picnic facilities, off-leash dog park, play equipment and a 3075 ‘S’ Class steam locomotive.

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Cnr Newell Highway and Thomas Street

HARS Parkes Aviation Museum

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The HARS Parkes Aviation Museum is currently housed in a former RAAF hangar from the airport’s time as a World War Two air force base. Exhibits on display or being assembled include a Bell AH-1 Huey Cobra, De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou (A4-275), De Havilland DH.114 Heron (VH – AHB) and Convair 580 (VH-PDW).

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It’s a truly fascinating experience to wander around the museum and watch the exhibits being restored and assembled. 

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End of Muzycuk Drive at Parkes Airport

Public Art Trail

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Download the Public Art Trail map to your phone and wander the Parkes CBD to enjoy public art installations that represent the region’s local culture and icons.

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Big Fish Fossil Hut

Drop by the Big Fish Fossil Hut to enjoy a collection of specimens that lived across Eastern Australia over 700 million years ago. On display are trilobites, ammonites, seastars and arinoids through to fish, amphibians and dinosaurs. The collection includes the largest fossil fish on display anywhere in Australia – the Xiphactinus, which lived during the time of the dinosaurs and is about 4.5 metres long. 

Peak Hill Caravan Park, 2 Ween Street.

Peak Hill Gold Mine Experience

The historic Peak Hill mine operated from 1893 to 1917. Redeveloped in 2002 as a tourist attraction, the Peak Hill Gold Mine Experience is a great way to learn about mining techniques by strolling along the self-guided walking trails.

Mingelo St, Peak Hill 

Where to eat and stay in Parkes

We really enjoyed dining at Bellas Cafe & Licensed Italian Restaurant (245 Clarinda St, Parkes). It’s extremely family-friendly and serves great food.

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We stayed at the Station Motel (82 Peak Hill Rd, Parkes). The Station Motel features comfortable basic rooms with free WiFi, ac/heating and parking.

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Get your complete Central West NSW Road Trip itinerary.

Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

Find plenty of things to do in Parkes.

Find things to do in Dubbo.

Read more about things to do in Mudgee.

Read more about visiting Gulgong NSW.

Find more NSW road trip ideas.

A Day trip to Historical Canowindra

A Day trip to Historical Canowindra

The historic village of Canowindra is home to hot air balloons, colonial history and a fascinating collection of prehistoric fish fossils.

Canowindra

Drop by this pretty little village (promounced kuh·nawn·druh) and meander through its heritage-listed centre with a few bushranger tales to tell.

Canowindra

In 1863 the entire town of Canowindra was held hostage in a pub for three days by bushranger Ben Hall and his gang. Visit the Canowindra Historical Museum, housed in a former school building, to learn more about the fascinating history of the town, or join Blind Freddy’s Bushranger Tours for an exciting retelling of the myths of Hall and his gang, and stories about life in the 1860s gold-rush era.

Canowindra

The best way to see the town is by air – Canowindra is known as the hot air balloon capital of NSW – so if you have time, take a look at joining a flight with Aussie Balloontrek or Balloon Joy Flights.

Canowindra

Walk a little beyond the town to find this swinging bridge and some lovely countryside.

Canowindra

An absolute must-visit in Canowindra is the Age Of Fishes Museum, home to thousands of rare Devonian fossils uncovered by chance in 1955.

Canowindra

Canowindra

Set aside at least an hour, but more if you have the time, to explore the most bizarre fish fossils from 360 million years ago.

Canowindra

These fish with armoured shells and jaws like crocodiles lived in the rivers of the Central West long before dinosaurs roamed the earth. They belong to the Devonian Period – the ‘Age of Fishes’.

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The Age Of Fishes Museum has an indoor component with permanent exhibitions and a kids education and activity area plus an outdoor section containing a geological time-walk in the picnic ground and a giant games board.

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Kids can do a scavenger hunt that concludes with a prize.

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Read more about things to do in Canowindra.

Canowindra

Get your complete Central West NSW Road Trip itinerary.

Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

Find plenty of things to do in Parkes.

Find things to do in Dubbo.

Read more about things to do in Mudgee.

Read more about visiting Gulgong NSW.

Find more NSW road trip ideas.

Heifer Station Winery & Petting Farm Orange, NSW

Heifer Station Winery & Petting Farm Orange, NSW

Orange Heifer Wines

The Heifer Station was built on land that was once one of the biggest cattle stations in Orange. In 2016, Heifer Station opened their cellar door in a 100 year old wool shed, nestled in a beautiful garden with farm yard animals dotted around (or free roaming). 

Orange Heifer Wines

Book yourself for a wine tasting in to enjoy this lovely experience, with the farm animal petting area free to roam for customers of the cellar door. Little kids will love the chickens and Tilly the mini Shetland pony.

Orange Heifer Wines

There is a huge open green space out the back dotted with picnic tables and benches. It’s a fantastic spot for kids to run around – just remember sunscreen and hats.

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Tilly is a very friendly mini Shetland pony who is happy to get some pats.

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There is a sandpit for kids to play in as well.

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The free roaming chickens are a beautiful mix of breeds.

Orange Heifer Wines

We booked in for a wine and cheese tasting that came with a fantastic cheese and fruit platter with crackers and bread.

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Get your complete Central West NSW Road Trip itinerary.

Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

Find plenty of things to do in Parkes.

Find things to do in Dubbo.

Read more about things to do in Mudgee.

Read more about visiting Gulgong NSW.

Find more NSW road trip ideas.

Nine unusual things to discover in Cowra NSW

Nine unusual things to discover in Cowra NSW

Cowra

Discover Cowra’s stunning Japanese Garden, military history and outdoor activities. Visit in spring to experience fields of gold canola!  

Cowra is a medium-sized country town with a fascinating history. The site of the largest Prisoner of War breakout in modern military history, Cowra has several sites to visit that speak to the town’s role in WW2. 

Cowra is also well known for their tranquil Japanese Garden and beautiful fields of canola in spring. 

Canola fields

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It’s hard to miss the canola fields surrounding Cowra in spring, but you can opt for a Fields of Gold canola tour if you’d like to tag along with the experts to see the fields in full bloom. Remember to keep out of the fields and take photos from the roads only!

Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre

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The Garden is a must-visit at any tie of year, but is particularly stunning in spring. Opened in 1979, the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre is a tangible monument to peace and reconciliation between two countries.

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The Garden is a stunning example of Japanese design with its traditional landscaping, and was created to support and advance the cultural relations between the people of Cowra and the people of Japan.    

Read more about visiting the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre.

Cowra POW Campsite

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The Cowra POW Campsite has interpretive signage and an audio presentation to help visitors visualise what once stood in this field, and the events that unfolded in 1944. On August 5, more than 1000 Japanese prisoners launched a mass ‘suicide attack’ on their Australian guards to overcome the disgrace of capture.

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Approximately 300 Japanese POW armed themselves with crude weapons and threw themselves on barbed wire fences and into the firing line of machine guns.

All of the escapees were captured, with a total of 107 POWs wounded, 234 prisoners killed as well as five Australian soldiers.

POW Hologram Theatre

Cowra

To get an understanding of the 1944 breakout, I highly recommend watching the POW Hologram Theatre presentation, located inside the Cowra Visitor Information Centre. The 9-minute presentation of the Cowra Breakout and its aftermath is told through the eyes of “Claire”, a local girl. 

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Visitor Information Centre, Mid Western Highway, Cowra

Australian World Peace Bell

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The Australian World Peace Bell was awarded to Cowra in 1992 for its contribution to world peace. It is the only It is the only World Peace Bell in the world that is not located in a city, and was made from melted down coins donated by 106 member countries of the United Nations. 

Civic Square, Darling Street, Cowra

War Cemetery

The only Japanese War Cemetery to be retained in Australia, it was established in 1964 and contains 523 graves including the remains of the 231 Japanese soldiers who were killed in the 1944 Cowra Breakout and all Japanese Nationals who died on Australian soil during World War II. 

Doncaster Drive, Cowra

Cowra Sculpture Park

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Located at the John Moon Arboretum opposite the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre, the Cowra Sculpture Park features sculptures from both nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. 

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Len Whitely Drive, Cowra Peace Precinct

Indigenous Art Murals

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Beneath the Lachlan River Bridge you’ll find the the Cowra Bridge Pylons which are covered by a set of stunning indigenous murals by local Aboriginal artist, Kym Freeman. The murals the history of the Wiradjuri people, who inhabited the Cowra area before European settlement. The murals are a short walk from the Visitor Information Centre down to the river.

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Beneath Lachlan River Car Bridge, Cowra

Bellevue Hill Reserve and Cowra Nature Based Adventure Playground

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This beautiful reserve, which is located next to the Japanese Garden, is one of the areas’ most popular parks. Containing shaded picnic facilities, free bbqs and public amenities plus the massive Cowra Nature Based Adventure Playground, Bellevue Hill Reserve is a beautiful spot well worth visiting.

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From the top of the hill you will have a lovely view of Cowra below.

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The Cowra Nature Based Adventure Playground has play area for kids of all ages, with little and big kids both catered for. The playground includes a nine metre climbing frame and a flying fox.

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Bellevue Hill, Binni Creek Road

Get more info on visiting Cowra here and here.

Get your complete Central West NSW Road Trip itinerary.

Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

Find plenty of things to do in Parkes.

Find things to do in Dubbo.

Read more about things to do in Mudgee.

Read more about visiting Gulgong NSW.

Find more NSW road trip ideas.

 

Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre

Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre

Cowra

The Garden is a must-visit at any tie of year, but is particularly stunning in spring. Opened in 1979, the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre is a tangible monument to peace and reconciliation between two countries.

Cowra

The Garden is a stunning example of Japanese design with its traditional landscaping, and was created to support and advance the cultural relations between the people of Cowra and the people of Japan.    

Cowra

The five hectares of garden were created in the style of a Kaiyushiki (strolling) garden, by Ken Nakajima, to symbolise the Japanese landscape. The two lakes, streams and waterfalls provide a safe haven for local birds, as well as Koi carp whom can be fed from one of the viewing platforms overlooking the lake. We saw plenty of ducks, including a mum and her babies.

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Other special features of the Garden include a traditional Edo Cottage, an authentic open-air Tea house and a Bonsai House. The Cultural Centre joins the main building, featuring exhibitions from local and regional artists. 

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We enjoyed brunch at the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre, with a beautiful view over the Garden. The Cafe serves modern Australian and Japanese cuisine and offers both indoor air conditioned and outdoor terrace dining.

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Get your complete Central West NSW Road Trip itinerary.

Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

Find plenty of things to do in Parkes.

Find things to do in Dubbo.

Read more about things to do in Mudgee.

Read more about visiting Gulgong NSW.

Find more NSW road trip ideas.

Carcoar, the town that time forgot

Carcoar, the town that time forgot

Visit the historic village of Carcoar in the NSW Central Tablelands. Take a walking tour of the preserved 19 century buildings set amongst picturesque green hills.

Carcoar

The tiny town of Carcoar can be found 260 km West of Sydney, and approximately 40 minutes equidistant from Bathurst, Orange and Cowra. 

Carcoar

The third-oldest settlement west of the Blue Mountains, Carcoar is a beautiful spot to visit year-round, but particularly during autumn when the leaves are changing colour.

Carcoar

Nestled in a valley alongside the Belubula River, Carcoar is an historic gem with a large number of well preserved 19th century buildings. A walking tour is the best way to enjoy the town, with maps available from the National Trust.

Carcoar

The oldest building in the village is believed to be the 1849 convict-built stables of Stoke House, which is now a museum full of interesting historic gems to peruse.

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Highlights also include well-preserved Georgian buildings along the main street, St Paul’s Anglican Church built in 1848 and the century-old courthouse.

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The buildings now house museums, shops and cafes, with the highest capita of museums to people of anywhere in Australia. If you wish to stay the night, Carcoar has a wide range of accommodation options, from restored heritage buildings to boutique B&Bs.

Carcoar

Carcoar was settled by Europeans in 1821. There was extensive bushranging in the area particularly after the discovery of gold (which is still mined commercially in the area). The first daylight bank robbery in Australia occurred in Carcoar in 1863, at Carcoar’s Commercial Bank. Today, the building is home to a private toy museum with over 2000 toys of various kinds on display.

Carcoar

To reach Carcoar, take the turn-off on the Mid-Western Highway, the A43.

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