From the prison camp we drove to the Japanese gardens. Ken Nakajima was invited to Cowra to choose a site and to design the garden. When he saw the site he though he had been guided by divine providence. He said ‘it must be a reward for the good deeds performed by the citizens of Cowra.” The gardens are set over 5 hectares. The Cowra gardens were Mr Nakajima’s favourite outside Japan and his ashes are buried it the grounds.
After the cemetery we decided it was enough sadness for one day and headed back to camp. Our first stop the next day was the Garrison Walk. (The military camp trained some 80,000 personnel.) We reach a cross road with a large tree. The information board told us we were at the start of Peppercorn Parade and the tree has seen it all. Continue reading “Cowra POW Camp.”
We had planned to stop at the bush camp right in the main area off Cowra but when we saw the stop we changed out mind. It was a car park next to a bridge and while that wasn’t a problem it was Saturday and the car park was full. We had several options. Van park, wait round until everyone went home or continue driving. We decided to go to the information centre first the find out what to see and do before making up our mind. Continue reading “Farleigh Reserve, Cowra”