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  • Day67


    February 9 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Cowra is such a fascinating place. We visited the site of the Cowra POW Camp where the famous Cowra breakout occurred in 1944. Most of the site where 4 Australian soldiers and 231 Japanese soldiers were killed is now vacant but it is still a moving experience to wander around and read the stories.
    We drove the short distance from the POW site to the Japanese Memorial Garden. In 1971 The Japanese government agreed to support the development of the garden as a sign of thanks for the respectful treatment of their war dead. There was also funding from the Australian government and private entities. The Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre was designed by Ken Nakajima (1914–2000), a world-renowned designer of Japanese gardens at the time. The first stage was opened in 1979, with a second stage opened in 1986 and are the largest Japanese style gardens in the Southern Hemisphere. We spent a couple of hours strolling through these absolutely beautiful gardens.
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    Robyn Dawson


  • Day56

    Port Augusta& Cowra, Australia

    April 12, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 29 °C

    Unsere wirklich beschwerliche und gefühlt nicht enden wollende Reise von knapp 2000 km durch das Innere des Landes führte uns von "Cactus Beach" an den folgenden Stationen inklusive Übernachtungen vorbei:

    07.-08.04. Port Augusta
    09.-10.04. Mildura
    10.-11.04. Wagga Wagga
    11.-12.04. Cowra

    Stellt euch vor, dass ihr bei 38 Grad ohne Klimaanlage, schwitzend, teilweise nur mit 'Buchsen' bekleidet, von Fliegen terrorisiert, mit steifem Nacken und tränenden Augen vom Zug der offenen Fenster, bei durchschnittlich 80 km/h durch ein ewig weites, staubtrockenes Nichts fahrt, bei dem ihr Kilometer weit, nichts als verdürrtes Land seht. Wenigstens erwartete uns in "Mildura" kurz vor Schließzeit eine kurze Abkühlung in einem kleinen Freibad.
    Nichtsdestotrotz sind wir dankbar für diese Erfahrung, konnten uns selbst auch in so einer Situation wieder ein wenig besser kennenlernen und hätten dies ohne unseren treuen Balu und Wassersprühflasche niemals überstanden.
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  • Day75


    January 19, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Au revoir l'Asie, bonjour l' Océanie. On referme un chapitre rempli de beaux souvenirs, de belles rencontres et de merveilleux paysages. On en ouvre un autre, complètement différent...à la découverte de l' Océanie, l' Australie, la Nouvelle - Zélande et peut - être la Tasmanie. Bonne route à nous! ;)Read more

    Capucine Mstrl

    alors ??

  • Day93

    Gold Diggers

    December 10, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Met up our friends, ex COVID house mates and now travel buddies to dig for gold and spend several ours engaged in bush crafts. Jess, Vico and Kitta had settled in a lovely free camping spot by the river near Sofala.
    Vico taught us how to pan for gold, and gifted us his very own gold pan, that he had found many golden speckles with. Hopefully we have the same luck and find our fortune in gold one day.
    We also engaged in bush craft, making Christmas presents, bows and other nicknacks with the materials lying around the camp site!

    We then packed up and moved towards Hillend, another small historic town famous for gold, this camp site was not flash, with dirty water (dead🧭 fish and horse poo everywhere) so spent some quality time together cooking, drinking and playing games. However the fun is always in the journey. On our way there robin decided to put his 4WD hat on, and went head on into a big deep pile of mud. Getting the car completely bogged with all four wheels under mud. After 2 hours of digging, Jess came to the rescue by spotting some fellow travellers, and bellowed out for them to come help PLEASE!! With a winch and a sigh of relief, the beautiful strangers saved the day!!

    Next stop in our journey was place called Wyangala Water. A lovely spot near a lake, we continued with our bushcraft and fun times over beers - however the wind got the best of us in the end and we snuggled up warm in the Delica, while Jess and vico fought the elements in the tent!

    Was a fantastic few days, can’t wait to meet up again in TAS for some more adventures in the bush :)
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  • Day2

    Day 2 Hay

    June 13, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Day 2 started late because we did forget something and had to buy it and we needed to go see Robs dad.
    Long drive with a stop in Cowra for lunch, now maybe it’s just me but I didn’t realise that one of Australia’s POW camps was in Cowra they have a small exhibit at the information session along with a hologram telling the story or the Japanese prison break. The kids actually found the hologram really interesting though trying to explain war to a four year old wasn’t too fun.
    Next was a stop in Weethalle to have a look at the painted silos.
    Stopped for the night in Hay.
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  • Day1


    July 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Picked up our new car last Friday and after visiting Dad, then Luke in Queanbeyan we commenced our road trip.

    Heading towards Orange, we passed through Cowra and spent a couple of hours finding out a bit of history of the Cowra breakout. There was a terrific little holographic display in the visitors centre which got us up to speed with the events that happened in the POW camp in 1944. We checked out the World Peace Bell with both of us ringing it - makes a lovely dong. Then we went to the site of the Cowra Breakout where a group of people were making preparations for the upcoming 75th anniversary of the event next weekend. We finished our exploration of Cowra by visiting the Australian and Japanese War Cemeteries.

    Cowra is a nice looking town and there are many other things to look at, notably the popular Japanese Gardens. We didn't go this time because we have already been there and also the day was showery and quite cool. We also did not want to travel too late because there are plenty of kangaroos and wanted to avoid their active time.
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    Happy and safe travelling, All looks very interesting. John, &Marie R

  • Day107

    Junee -Cowra

    May 18, 2021 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    After a frosty start to the day (-4 degrees) we took a tour around Junee and visited the licorice & chocolate factory and car museum and historic railway station before moving on to Cootamundra,birth place of Sir Donald Bradman and the Captains Walk of Fame.....a fabulous tribute to our cricket captains back to the 1800's. The Light Horsemen memorial and silo art were highlights of Harden. On then to Lambing Flats near Young where we had lunch by the lake and Chinese garden which was erected in honour of the Chinese miners back in the 1800's. On then to Grenfell to view another beautiful silo art before moving on to Cowra for more sightseeing tomorrow!Read more

  • Day114

    Cowra and Forbes

    May 25, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    After parting company with our travel buddies on Friday we moved on to Forbes to visit Ian and Leanne and family before moving on with them to their friend's property outside Cowra. It is so peaceful and picturesque here! The sunrises and sunsets are amazing! We love it so much we have decided to stay an extra night! John and Matthew are so hospitable....they even delivered a pile of wood for us....not to mention the yummy date loaf! We knew this wonderful family when we lived in Taree so it was great to catch up with them again. Wyangala Dam and the Japanese gardens in Cowra are a must see!Read more

  • Day115


    May 26, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    After a nice shower of rain overnight followed by a beautiful fog over the valley this morning we took a drive to Blayney via Carcoar dam and the quaint little historic village of Carcoar (Kurt Fearnley's home town). After lunch in the park at Blayney we took a scenic drive back to camp through some interesting farming country. Another great day!Read more

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