Visit Cockington Green Gardens - Canberra, Australia
Cockington Green Gardens is one of Canberra's landmark attractions, it was opened to the public in 1979. It is delightful and fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens, the buildings and houses are scale models of their full-size counterparts in Great Britain.
The idea of a miniature garden came to Doug & Brenda Sarah in 1972, after visiting miniature villages while on an extended family holiday in the UK and when they returned to Australia, they undertook a feasibility study to developing a village of their own. Eighteen months later, they invited other family members to participate in the project. Cockington Green was opened to the public on 3rd November 1979.
The main displays are featured in two sections namely the Original Display Area and International Display.
Original Display Area
The English Village, is the original display area, it is an amazing, colourful miniature British village depicting their daily life, sprawled on a beautiful manicured gardens.
There are collection of miniature houses, with tiny people and farm animals, trees, match of cricket and a local footy match in a spectacular landscape, you will find a lot of surprises as you stroll along the path.
It is an amazing showcase of the very best & unusual styles of architecture found in various areas throughout Great Britain.
One of my favourite is the famous Stonehenge and the hand cut Turf Maze, which offers an intriguing visual challenge, it is best seen in the bird's eye view from a raised platform.
International Display Area
In recent years with the support of Canberra's foreign embassies, Cockington Green Garden have added an extraordinary collection of buildings from around the world. the project has gradually grown into a wonderful multicultural display with over twenty-one countries currently represented.
It becomes a popular area and participating Embassies have taken the opportunity to sponsor a site and select a building to represent their country.
I like the detailed craftsmanship that have been put through in the display especially the Borobudur Temple of Indonesia - is one of the world's most magnificent Buddhist shrines, in the form of a lotus, the sacred flower of Buddha.
I hope you will enjoy the photo gallery.
More To See . . .
There are thousands of flowers planted each year to add colour to the display. These annuals are propagated and grown on the premises. New varieties are trialled each season and plantings are staged to allow for the longest possible flowering period.
The almost two-acre display area also features many trees and shrubs with miniature growth characteristics.
There is also an indoor display of Georgian Style Dolls House in the Rose Room Indoor Display. In the Cockington Green Souvenir Shop.there are souvenirs, like favourite fridge magnet, postcards to take home as a special memento of your visit.
Within the grounds of Cockington Green Gardens, there is the Garden Cafe, which serve light lunches, morning, afternoon teas and refreshments. These can be enjoyed either inside the old English styled building or outside in the lovely garden settings.
This garden is a must-see for visitors of all ages.
Cockington Green Gardens Information
Address: Cockington Green
11 Gold Creek Road
Nicholls ACT 2913
Telephone: 1800 627 273 or 02 6230 2273
Hours: Daily 9.30am-4.15pm (closed Christmas & Boxing Day)
For cost and other information, you can visit Cockington Green Gardens Website