We recently had the pleasure of hosting the NextGen Caravans Owners Group Meet-up in our old home town of Cowra in Central West NSW. When we travel, we love being able to support smaller, regional areas. Many of these areas are doing it tough due to the on-going drought.
So for us, Cowra was an obvious choice. Not only because we know the area so well, but also because there really is lots to do there. The meet-up was held over five days at the beautiful Cowra Van Park.
Our first night was all about meeting our fellow NextGen owners over a few drinks. We had a total of 11 vans and 24 people attend the meet-up. Several of those had travelled from Queensland which was great to see. With assistance from Cowra Van Park, Cowra Visitor Information Centre and Cowra Shire Council, we put together some ‘Goody Bags’ with information on the local area. These were handed out during ‘Happy Hour’.
Our second day was a free day which enabled people to settle in and also take a look around town. Many people took advantage of this and did some shopping or had morning tea out.
Of course we all met up in the evening for ‘Happy Hour.’
Our third day in town provided us with the glorious spring weather we had been hoping for so we headed for the Cowra Japanese Gardens. Everyone enjoyed strolling around these beautiful gardens. They are even pet friendly which was a great bonus for several owners who travel with their dogs.
After morning tea in the Gardens Cafe we visited the site of the Cowra Prisoner of War camp. It was here that over 1000 Japanese POW’s escaped. We also stopped at the Japanese War Cemetery as well.
Friday night we held a wine tasting where we got to taste some of the great local wines from around the Cowra region. We tasted seven wines in total from Wallington Organic Wines, Pinaroo Wine Estates, Kalari and Rosnay Organic Vineyard. The wines were a great mix of white, sparkling and red and really showcased the variety that the Cowra region produces.
All the wines we tasted are available for purchase from The Quarry Restaurant and Cellar Door or the Cowra Visitor Information Centre.
Saturday saw us head to the beautiful Iandra Castle, which opened it’s doors especially for us. Everyone enjoyed the experience of wandering through this amazing building.
We then made our way over to the small town of Grenfell to view the newly completed silo art. Painted by renowned street artist Heesco, this stunning piece of artwork is a great addition to the town.
Saturday night was the official night of our meet-up and was generously sponsored by NextGen. Our delicious dinner was prepared by local chef Michelle from Inhale and was enjoyed by all. Entertainment was provided by the very talented Josh Maynard. We could have easily kept him playing all night.
Sunday morning we took a drive out to Wyangala Dam. After checking out the dam wall and the view from Elliott’s Lookout it was time for lunch. We headed for the tiny village of Woodstock and enjoyed lunch at the local pub. Despite surprising them with 18 extra people for lunch we still enjoyed our meals and a cold beer too.
Monday morning arrived all to soon and it was time for us to say farewell. A number of new friendships were formed over the course of the five days and we know that we will enjoy some more NextGen Caravans Owners Group meet-ups in the future.
We would like to thank everyone that attended for making it a memorable weekend. In particular, we would like to thank Cowra Van Park for accommodating us all so well. We would also like to thank NextGen Caravans for their support.