Culture and Lifestyle
Council maintains twelve high-quality sporting facilities. Swimming pools in the region include the excellent Cowra Aquatic Centre and the charming Woodstock village swimming pool.
Click here for more information on the Cowra Shire recreational facilities.
Cowra Art Gallery
Since opening in October 2000 the Cowra Regional Art Gallery has made a significant contribution to the cultural life of Cowra and the surrounding region. The Gallery offers a diverse and changing program including significant state and national touring exhibitions, curated projects featuring contemporary art and craft practices and permanent collection exhibitions
Festival of International Understanding
Cowra Festival of International Understanding is a community-based event focusing on Cowra’s unique place as the home of reconciliation. Proudly hosting Australia’s World Peace Bell — this honour derived from Cowra’s first-hand experience of war with the POW Breakout of Japanese prisoners in 1944.
The Festival originated in the mid-1960s at a time when the town was coming to recognise the benefits of promoting understanding between nations. It is a credit to the local community — and recognition of their support for this first event — that the Festival immediately grabbed the public’s attention
Sakura Matsuri – Cherry Blossom Festival
Sakura Matsuri is a major event on Cowra’s tourism calendar, celebrating the birth of spring. The festival attracts national and international performers. Sakura at the Cowra Japanese Garden is celebrated annually in September when the cherry blossoms are at their peak.
For more information on the many festivals and events in Cowra, please refer to the excellent Cowra Tourism website.