Truckstop of the Month: Mobil Diner at Cowra

By: Steve Skinner, Photography by: Steve Skinner

The Mobil Diner at Cowra has plans to improve services for truck drivers.


Scenic Cowra on the Lachlan River in central western New South Wales is an interesting location for tourists.

Among other things, the town of about 10,000 people hosts the famous and award-winning Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre, over five strolling hectares.

During World War II there was the infamous ‘Cowra Breakout’ from the local POW camp during which 231 Japanese prisoners and four Australian soldiers died.

With attractions such as fine dining and wineries the clever tourist slogan for the town is ‘Cowra – The Great Escape’.


The Mobil Diner plans to install an undercover ultra-high-flow bowser.


Not that most truckies have got time to stop and do some sightseeing or sample the local wines, even if they could find a park.

However, truckies do stop at the Mobil Diner in Cowra, on the corner of the Young and Grenfell Roads.

Most of them are on the track between Young, Cowra and Bathurst or Orange. Cowra is on the intersection of the Olympic Highway, Mid-Western Highway and Lachlan Valley Way.

The Mobil service station serves fuel around the clock, seven days a week. The restaurant is open 9am to 9pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 9 until 8 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is a free shower.



Trucks can head in five different directions from Cowra.


The Mobil Cowra caters for B-doubles but there’s not a lot of room, with what can be tight access to the single high flow pump out the front, and parking space for only three or four doubles out the back. However, there is also parking space across the road, facing Young.

There is a plan to soon have an undercover ultra-high-flow bowser at the back as well as an Adblue pump, with more space for fuelling and parking.

At Cowra it is traditional truckstop tucker ranging from the naughty-but-nice deep fried fare to Caesar salad or lean steak and veggies and lots in between, including takeaway hamburgers (I struggled to get through one of these on a previous visit).



The Mobil Diner serves eat-in and takeaway meals.


You can read the full story in the February issue of Owner//Driver magazine.


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