Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
1 million Australian readers every month      list your event

Cockington Green Gardens

Home > Canberra > Day Trips | Exhibitions | Family | Gardens | Outdoor
by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
I love travelling, discovering hidden gems & food. Experience the journey on Instragram! @gypsy_compass. Owner of do check it out for grazing platters and more :)
Published July 16th 2019
Discover the magical world of landmarks that make up this garden
With an idea to create a miniature village, the Sarah family successfully achieved this idea in 1979 when Cockington Green Gardens was opened to the public. This family-owned and operated Gardens incorporate four generations and these gardens are certainly like no other.

Set in the beautiful Australian Capital Territory, in Canberra's Gold Creek Village, Cockington Green Gardens is home to many miniature replicas of iconic and popular buildings and landmarks across the world.

Cockington Green Gardens was inspired when a trip to the United Kingdom by the Sarah's led to a garden filled with miniature cottages and Elizabethan houses, with the first building being constructed in 1973.

The original Cockington Green Gardens display winds its way through spectacular manicured gardens and depicts many of the varied and colourful scenes of Great Britain when the Sarah family discovered and explored during their holiday to England.

Each miniature building and landmark replica is elaborate and finely detailed and includes English village replicas of hamlets, Stonehenge and more, International displays, Georgian-style dollhouses in the Rose Room, a miniature steam train with riding opportunities and much more.

Upon entrance, you cannot help but notice the love, passion and care that have been put into these gardens. The obvious attention to detail in each construction and surrounding gardens is absolutely remarkable; it is truly magical discovering the world from a birds-eye perspective at this enchanting garden that is devoted to miniatures.

The Lookout Platform offers spectacular "birds-eye

Wander amongst tiny, meticulously crafted buildings and pint-sized replicas of much-loved famous landmarks. Take a stroll through the UK and discover the English Village, as you gaze down on recreations of the thatched hamlet of Cockington, the legendary Stonehenge, and even a cricket match in action!

Make your way through to the Baltic's, South America, Europe, Asia and of course our very own Australia as you explore more than 30 different wonders from around the world, and if you are feeling slightly adventurous, take a ride on the Miniature Steam Train for a picturesque ride around the entire garden.

The details to each replica is absolutely breathtaking!

From Scotland's Braemer Castle to Peru's Machu Picchu, you will, without doubt, be captivated with the delightful world of tiny people and tiny structures.

Cockington Green Gardens certainly know how to bring humour to these amazing replicas

The Rose Room is home to two beautiful dollhouses that pay homage to late 19th-century design. Admire the minuscule doilies, cutlery, hand-painted china, furniture and more in the Victorian-style Waverly Mansion, and then peek in on storybook characters in the house inspired by the children's classic Seven Little Australians.

The beautiful mini replica of a maze...

Exhibits include:

UK Exhibit:

Cockington Village- this quaint English village is located in Torquay in the English country of Devon, the Sarah family fell in love with this village, and they subsequently named the gardens after this splendid and picturesque village.

Replica of Cockington Village

The Peterborough scene is a representation of a street in England.

The Manor House was built after Mr. Sarah saw it advertised for sale in a UK magazine. He decided to replicate this beautiful country mansion in painstaking details, complete with its Queen Anne facade.

A miniature of the main entrance building is found on display and provides an informative insight into the level of detail incorporated into the models.

The replica of the main entrance to the Gardens

The village cricket scene which is found in any number locations throughout the land as well as the obligatory soccer pitch and stadium.

A cricket match in action!

Humourous displays can be seen too including a butcher and his dog, a man reading a newspaper on a toilet, Dr Who and the Tardis, Star Wars, and more.

Can you spot out the cheeky and funny scene?

All the buildings in the UK Exhibit were constructed by Doug, the founder of the gardens. He spent many hundreds of hours perfecting the construction of the model buildings.

International Displays & Exhibit:

The international display was established in the late 1990s. The process for developing the international display commenced with letters being written to all High Commissions and Embassies in Canberra. Those who responded were engaged in detailed discussions to negotiate which building would best represent their country.

Details on the International replica displays

Rose Room:

This exhibit is a 34 room Georgian-style Dolls House known as 'Waverly'. This Exhibit also features a dolls house 'Misrule' a replica of the house depicted in the famous novel the Seven Little Australians. Donated to the Children's Medical Research Unit, the replica house is now on permanent display at the Gardens.

The famous 'Chester Shops' is also on display amongst the many varied and changing exhibits of the Rose Room.

Some of the International replicas on display

If you are feeling peckish, do check out the Parsons Nose Garden Cafe, where you can indulge in sweet and savoury delights as well as coffee or you can savour a picnic lunch on the lawns.

Picnics can be enjoyed in the idyllic surrounds of the gardens. There are free gas barbecues, picnic tables and an entertaining playground for the little ones to enjoy.

The Cockington Green Gardens Souvenir Shop contains a vast selection of affordable souvenirs to purchase including magnets, mugs, tea-towels, through to Cockington Green's own label wines. The shop is open daily from 9:30am-5pm and is located within the main entry building to Cockington Green Gardens.

The multi award-winning Cockington Green Gardens is certainly an attraction worth visiting, as you have the world at your feet! There is something for everyone from the beautifully landscaped gardens, complete with the experience to ride on the miniature steam train, to viewing the 34 room dolls house, enjoying homemade scones at the cafe to of course admiring the spectacular displays of handcrafted miniature buildings from around the world.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  14
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Have a blast admiring the beautiful mini replicas of landmarks
When: Daily, 9:30am-5pm
Phone: (02) 6230 2273
Where: 11 Gold Creek Rd, Nicholls
Cost: Adults: $21.00pp, Children (4−16yrs): $12.50pp, Senior (Over 60): $15.50pp, Family: $59.00pp - Train rides: $3pp
Your Comment
Articles from other cities
by Lynne Cargill on 23/05/2014
by Ashleigh Meikle on 02/07/2012
by Felicity Banks on 01/12/2012
by Lynley on 15/08/2017
by Dhanu on 14/05/2013
by Ivana Katz on 17/01/2012
Top Events
Popular Articles