Dr. Roy Lumby is a heritage architect and President of the Society (Photo: John Dymond)

Cowra & Canowindra, NSW

October Long Weekend 2023

A wealth of architecture and history

Over the 3-day break, members and friends of the Society headed out to the historic towns of Cowra and Canowindra.

Led by heritage architect Dr. Roy Lumby, we discovered the rich architectural heritage and important social history of these two towns. You can see some highlights in the picture gallery at the bottom of this page.

Saturday 30 September

The morning was left free for settling in. It was also to allow for some participants still making the journey from their home town or city.

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

In the evening, we thoroughly enjoyed dinner at The Quarry Restaurant in Cowra.

Sunday 1 October

We ventured out for two walks on Sunday.

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

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

In the evening we visited Marsala Library, an Indian culinary delight, just up the main street from the Cowra Motor Inn.

Monday 2 October

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

We took an unguided walk around and managed to get invited into Antica Australis, Carcoar’s finest restaurant, for a wine tasting!

Coming up: Newcastle 2024

Overall, this series of walks made the perfect follow-up to our visit to Orange in 2022.

Our next adventure will be to explore Newcastle, and its many fine streetscapes. Make sure you mark your diary for the 2024 October Long Weekend.

Below, highlights from our visit

Photos: John Dymond

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