Canowindra sits beside the Belubula river in some of the most beautiful red-earth countryside in Country NSW, 30 km north of Cowra. The town features a heritage-listed main street and a collection of art galleries showing works by local painters, potters and artisans.
Canowindra became world-famous in 1955, when a 360-million-year-old fossil was found. Today, you can see it among other fascinating exhibits at the amazing Age of Fishes Museum.
The town features excellent local food and wine establishments, and outside town, several wineries offer cellar door tastings and sales. Accommodation in Canowindra is plentiful, and don't forget to check the events calendar before you arrive.
Canowindra is also a popular destination for hot-air balloon rides and claims the title of âhot-air-ballooning capital of Australia'. Experience the exhilaration of an early-morning flight followed by a champagne breakfast, or be a spectator at the yearly Canowindra Balloon Challenge.
A piece of Canowindra's history, the iconic Finns Store is situated in the main street of Canowindra.
Finns Store has been fully renovated and now sells fabulous gifts, jewellery, women's clothing, unique furniture and incredible coffee. The store also incorporates a cellar door operated by Swinging Bridge Wines, and a gallery operated by Melissa Barber Galleries.
Age of Fishes Museum
The Age of Fishes Museum offers two permanent exhibitions, an education program, gift shop, accessible facilities, and geological time-walk in the picnic ground and a free barbecue.
Canowindra Trading Post
The Canowindra Trading Post is an antique and homewares store featuring a wide variety of products including antique furniture, gifts, homewares, lamps, jewellery, garden features and much more.
Balloon Joy Flights
Experience the magic and tranquility of an airborne adventure with Graham and Jan over the picturesque Belubula Valley.
Cowra Japanese Gardens
Opened in 1979, the multi award-winning Cowra Japanese Garden is a 'must see' at any time of the year.
Prisoner of War Campsite
This site is listed as one of the Top Heritage Sites in NSW. In 1944 over 1000 Japanese Prisoners of War (POW) staged a mass breakout that was the biggest in British and Australian War History. 231 Japanese POW and four Australians lost their lives during the breakout.
Australia's World Peace Bell
Cowra is the home of Australia's World Peace Bell. Located in Civic Square, the Australian World Peace Bell is a replica of the one that stands in the forecourt of the United Nations Headquarters in New York as a reminder of the continual need for all nations to work for peace.
Cargo Rd Wines
A visit to Cargo Road Wines offers the cellar door for tastings on weekends, the possibility to stroll around the vineyard, have a picnic under eucalyptus trees, look in the art gallery and enjoy a light meal or coffee in the café.
More than just a restaurant, Taste Canowindra is also a musical and artistic hub for local and international talent. Enjoy some of Australia's finest music from jazz to folk as you indulge in a three-course Modern Australian meal and revel in the up-and-coming ambience of the central west of New South Wales.