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Published August 14th 2017
Venture into a mini world of meticulous detail and charm
Cute pink thatched roof car
As a child, I visited Cockington Green Gardens and remember being fascinated by all the miniature landscapes, so on a recent trip to Canberra, I decided to take my young adults, eleven and fifteen, to share the experience with them. Walking up to the main building and entrance brought back memories and once in the gardens, we were keen to begin exploring.
Set amongst beautiful gardens the first section showcases various styles of architecture from around Great Britain. Each building and village is an accurate replica of a real building or place, including the thatched village of Cockington, after which the gardens are named.
Enjoying drinks at the Inn
Wandering around the pathways you pass a football stadium, canal boats, a cricket game on the village green, Duxford Mill, the Ferry Inn, a turf maze, Stonehenge and many quaint English villages. The attention to detail in each setting is truly amazing. From the guy up the ladder fixing the roof, to the fisherman by the canal, to the chap reading the paper in the outhouse there is so much to look at including some fun inclusions. Those with an observant eye can spot these and my two enjoyed seeking them out - the Minion watching the football game and the crocodile lurking in the pond on the golf course got a good laugh.
Can you spot The Stig?
The second section of the Gardens and first incorporated in 1998 are the international exhibits. Here there are many replicas of buildings typical to the various countries represented. Some of the countries on display include Argentina, Hungary, Indonesia and Jordan to name a few with many new additions under construction.
Overlooking the International displays
Another way to view the International section is by miniature steam train and for a small fee, you can ride the perimeter of the displays, which was a popular choice. If staying for lunch there are plenty of spots for a picnic, BBQs are available or the Parsons Nose Cafe serve light lunch and refreshments. And before leaving make sure you pop into the Rose Room, an indoor exhibition featuring 'Waverley' a 34 room dolls house which is very impressive.
We found the staff very friendly and having been run by the same family for over 35 years you can certainly feel the love put into the place. Make sure you give yourself minimum an hour to look at all the displays. We spent a lot longer doing so and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We look forward to returning one day.
Tickets can be purchased at the door and the Gardens are also included in the 3inFun Canberra pass if staying a few days which is great value.