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Cockington Green Gardens

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by Lynne Cargill (subscribe)
I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader and Pinterest addict who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.Step Into History.com.au is designed to help children experience history.
Published May 22nd 2014
Trip Around the World in One Day
As a lover of miniatures of all kinds, I had a simply wonderful day at Cockington Green Gardens.

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The miniatures start at the entrance.


The fun begins at the gate. Lining the entry path is a fairy garden. Then you move into the village. This was my favourite part. I took so many photos I could make a coffee table book.

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Every building is authentic.


Each individual building, vehicle, person was great but what was most wonderful was the attention to detail and the quirky little vignettes you could find. e.g. a man up a ladder.

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"Help! Where's my ladder?"


Owned by four generations of the Sarah family, it is they who create each intricate clay figure and every accurate model building. Even the surrounding gardens are miniature and are simply beautiful and the lush green grass IS real. Dwarf varieties are propagated on site.

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There's a while section of International buildings too.


The next section shows models of landmark buildings from all over the world. These were also clever. I particularly like the barge and the mine.

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The gold mine.


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A barge complete with locks.


Then back inside to the gift shop which would be heaven to miniature enthusiasts.

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Miniatures on display and for sale.


Also in the gift shop you can drool over two doll's houses. Maybe this was my favourite part. Once again the detail is terrific. I was greatly impressed by the 34 room Georgain mansion, "Waverley". The second house is 'Misrule' - a replica of the house depicted in the famous novel the Seven Little Australians.

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Detailed Doll Houses.


Other features are:

Displays of dolls, bottles and art
Miniature Steam Train. you can ride on a track which encircles the village.
There are also model trains to admire. Visitors have the opportunity to drive the trains around the duel tracks. You could be in control of anything from an Old Loco to a Bullet Train.
Two cafes - The Rose Room and the Parsons Nose
Picnic Area
Free Gas BBQ's
Playground
Wheelchair and Stroller Hire is available
Disabled Access & Facilities (disable toilet)

I caught 2 buses from the city centre to get to Cockington Green. It was a pleasant trip enabling me to see the suburbs of Canberra. As it was autumn it was very picturesque.

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Autumn colours.


You need to allow at LEAST 1 hour to see it properly. I'd suggest planning to have lunch there so you can have a break and then look around some more.

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The sheep paddocks


There are also bus tours, hotel pickups and its only a 15 minute drive from the Centre of Canberra.
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Why? Miniature Village, Model Train, Beautiful gardens
When: 7 Days. 9.30am - Last Entry time 4.15pm -viewing available till 5.00pm
Phone: Free Call: 1800 627273
Where: Cockington Green Gardens 11 Gold Creek Road
Cost: $18.50adults; $10.50 chn, $52 family,Seniors $13.50.
Your Comment
looks like fun!
by Rose C (score: 1|29) 1297 days ago
Cockington Green would have to be my all time favourite place in Canberra well worth the visit - great article brought back many fond memories of this wonderful place - thank you very much love it
by Anne Dignam (score: 2|870) 1295 days ago
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