The Imperial Hotel and the Stock & Property Agents' shopfront, Cowra. (Photo: Matthew Taylor)

Cowra & Canowindra, NSW

October Long Weekend 2023

Join us for our architecture and history walks

This year, we’re heading out to the historic towns of Cowra and Canowindra. These relaxed and informative walks will be led by heritage architect Dr. Roy Lumby.

You’ll discover the rich architectural heritage and the fascinating social history of these two towns. It will make a great sequel to our highly successful tour of Orange last year. 

Tickets are limited, so make sure you book early. 

Saturday 30 September

We’re allowing time in the morning for people to arrive from their home town or city.

In the afternoon, Roy will lead us on a walk through the centre of Canowindra. The town has much to offer, not least being its renowned Age of Fishes museum.

In the evening, we’ll enjoy dinner at The Quarry Restaurant in Cowra (optional, at extra cost).

Sunday 1 October

We’ll be venturing out for two walks on Sunday.

In the morning, Roy will take us along the main street in Cowra, exploring the town’s architecture and history. 

After lunch, we’ll spend the afternoon at the Cowra Japanese Garden. This is known as one of the finest examples outside Japan.

While you’re there, you might want to enjoy some other attractions too, see visitcowra.com.au

Monday 2 October

We’ll head for home via historic Carcoar, ‘the town that time forgot’ (the former Court House has an impressive clock tower, but a clock was never installed).

We’ll take an unguided walk around and then enjoy lunch at Carcoar.

Book early, limited places

If you’re a member of the Society, check your inbox – we’ve sent you an email with EarlyBird packages. If you didn’t receive the email, contact Matt Stone.

If you’re not a member, general admission tickets will be strictly limited, and available at our Eventbrite page.

In fact, now’s a good time to join the Society, so you can take advantage of special pricing.


A limited number of rooms have been set aside at the Cowra Motor Inn. You can contact the motel and book directly, mentioning that you’re part of the 20th Century Heritage Society group.

Cowra Motor Inn – 3 Macquarie St, Cowra NSW 2794. Phone (02) 6342 2011


Alternatively, there are a fair number of motels in the town. It may be an idea to book early, as the October Long Weekend period is often busy.

Below, highlights from our visit to Orange in 2022 

Photos: Matt Stone

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