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Visit Cockington Green Gardens - Canberra, Australia

Updated on October 30, 2015
Cockington Green Gardens, Canberra, AUSTRALIA
Cockington Green Gardens, Canberra, AUSTRALIA | Source

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.

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A blue inter-city electric trainPeople waiting at the train stationMiniature steamboat along the canal. Turf MazeStonehedgeThis is the back view of the farmhouse, see the little tractor and the farm animals.Miniature tennis court
A blue inter-city electric train
A blue inter-city electric train | Source
People waiting at the train station
People waiting at the train station | Source
Miniature steamboat along the canal.
Miniature steamboat along the canal. | Source
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Turf Maze
Turf Maze | Source
Stonehedge
Stonehedge | Source
This is the back view of the farmhouse, see the little tractor and the farm animals.
This is the back view of the farmhouse, see the little tractor and the farm animals. | Source
Miniature tennis court
Miniature tennis court | Source
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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.

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Borobudur Temple, Indonesia Trakai Castle, LithuaniaA scene from Don Quixote De La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, Spain.  Tenochtitlan, Aztec Temple, Mexico Holloko, HungaryCaminito, Buenos Aires, Argentina The Chateau of Bojnice, Slovakia The Philippines Torogan, Maranao House
Borobudur Temple, Indonesia
Borobudur Temple, Indonesia | Source
Trakai Castle, Lithuania
Trakai Castle, Lithuania | Source
A scene from Don Quixote De La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, Spain.
A scene from Don Quixote De La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, Spain. | Source
Tenochtitlan, Aztec Temple, Mexico
Tenochtitlan, Aztec Temple, Mexico | Source
Holloko, Hungary
Holloko, Hungary | Source
Caminito, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Caminito, Buenos Aires, Argentina | Source
The Chateau of Bojnice, Slovakia
The Chateau of Bojnice, Slovakia | Source
The Philippines Torogan, Maranao House
The Philippines Torogan, Maranao House | Source

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.

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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

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Cockington Green, 11 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls, ACT Australia:
Cockington Green, 11 Gold Creek Rd, Nicholls, ACT 2913, Australia

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      Uallate 

      7 years ago

      i saw this just a few weeks ago i love down under this trip is about the best ever

    • Denise Babbit profile image

      Denise Babbit 

      9 years ago

      Wow! Love the presentation - It looks great!

    • MM Del Rosario profile imageAUTHOR

      MM Del Rosario 

      10 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi Lissie, Thanks for the suggestion, I did it and it looks and read better.

    • Lissie profile image

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes like MrM I hadn't known about this and I lived in Canberra back in the 80's You might want to mention that its in Australia somewhere near the top of the hub - just for the foreigners!

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      A wonderful display of art, craft and magic.

      Thoroughly enjoyed.

      I must say I have been to Canberra several times and this is the first I have heard of you magic city of the small. Thank you

    • MM Del Rosario profile imageAUTHOR

      MM Del Rosario 

      10 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi G-Ma and Patty,

      I enjoy visiting this place I like to put more pictures but the photo capsule seems to be having a bit of a problem if I put more than 10 in a capsule , they all disappear. Thanks for the visit.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      This is a gorgeous presentation!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Nice job! Makes me want to show the area I live in..? G-Ma :O)

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