Cowra Run - Saturday, 26 October 2019

The club is planning a drive to Cowra on Saturday, 26 October 2019 to meet up with our mini friends from the Central West.

The run is open to ACTMCC members and invited friends with minis being the preferred mode of transport, but all vehicles are welcomed. The Saturday was chosen in case anyone was planning to stay overnight and perhaps take in the wineries of Orange or a slow lap of Mount Panorama in Bathurst on Sunday. The Bathurst to Canberra drive via Oberon and the Abercrombie is a great run now that the road is sealed.

The plan is to meet at McDonalds, Gold Creek in time for an 8:00 am start to Cowra. The drive is around 2 hours without stops and the road is sealed. We will head out past Yass turning right towards Bowning then left on to Lachlan Valley Way arriving at the Cowra Visitors Centre and meeting up with our Cowra Mini friends for morning tea around 10:00 am.

If you plan on joining the group from outside of Canberra, please contact me a day or two before so we know to wait for you. The alternate meeting point is the Bowning Hotel, Bowning between 8:30am and 8:45am.

After morning tea, we’ll head to the POW Camp, Japanese Gardens and for those with an interest in trains, Lachlan Valley Rail. We will meet back at the Japanese Gardens for lunch.

After lunch we can start to make our way back towards Canberra via Young, Harden and Binalong stopping along the way as the mood takes us.

Below is my usual table summarising the drive and itinerary. The included map is of Cowra leading to the Cowra Visitors Centre.


Cowra Drive Map- Oct 2019


Cowra Drive


Saturday, 26 October 2019


Start           8:00am

Finish         Before dark


ACTMCC Members and Friends


Cowra NSW

·          Canberra (McDonalds, Gold Creek)

·          Cowra Visitors Centre for Morning Tea

·          The Cowra Breakout Museum at the Visitors Centre

·          POW Camp,

·          Japanese Gardens

·          Lachlan Valley Rail.

·          Home via Young, Harden and Binalong

Event Contact


Mobile    0412 855 242


Start Point


Arrive Time

Depart Time

Alternate Location

McDonalds, Gold Creek (2 O’Hanlon Pl, Nicholls ACT 2913)



Between 8:30am & 8:45am – Bowning Hotel, Bowning


8:00 am – 10:00 am

10:00am – 11:30 pm

11:30 pm – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

2:00 pm – Dusk

Drive to Cowra via Bowning and Lachlan Valley Way

POW Camp,

Japanese Gardens and or Lachlan Valley Rail.


Home, via Young, Harden and Binalong


Japanese Gardens

Travel Notes

Forward Journey

  • Drive time to Cowra is 2 hours
  • Distance to Cowra is 179 kms.

Return Journey

  • Drive time to Gold Creek, via Young, Harden and Binalong is 2.5 hours
  • Distance to Gold Creek is 218 kms.


  • Fuel stops once outside of Canberra are infrequent.
  • All drivers are advised to fill up prior to leaving McDonalds (There is a petrol station next door)

Road Conditions

  • All roads are sealed
  • Highway speeds of up to 100kph and in some parts, 110kph are possible.
  • We will travel convey style

Google Map Link

Copy and paste the below link into your browser or phone for Google Map navigation to Cowra Visitors Centre.