The town was built as a service town during the gold rush in the 1800s.
It was the birthplace of Henry Lawson, who was a prolific and famous Australian poet. However, he left while still a baby, and never wrote much about the town. The single poem, "Said Grenfell to my spirit", is never-the-less quaint. You'll have no shortage of places to read the entire poem when you get there, especially during the Henry Lawson Festival, when you'll hear it recited.
By car along the mid-western highway, past Cowra.
- 1 Chrysler Car Museum, 46 Main St, ☏ . A small museum for car enthusiasts. Chryslers from 1930 to the present day are on display. The owner Jeff is very knowledgeable and passionate about cars.
- 2 Henry Lawson Obelisk, Lawson Drive. Commemorates the birthplace of the famous bush poet who lived from 1867 to 1922. There are a number of plaque inscriptions on the obelisk detailing his achievements and containing extracts from his works.
- Henry Lawson Festival. Held annually on the June long weekend, featuring the Guinea Pig Races.
- Happy Inn Chinese Restaurant, 27 Main St, ☏ .
- Garden Room Bed & Breakfast, 42 Warraderry St.
- See the gardens and museums of Cowra.