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Cockington Green Gardens is a miniature park in Canberra, Australia created in 1972 and opened in 1979 that displays miniatures of buildings from around the world.
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The idea to build a miniature village popped up when the founder, Doug and Brenda Sarah, went to UK in 1972 and saw the miniature village in UK during a family holiday. The two then studied and developing their own village with their family. After many years of work, the Cockington Green Gardens was finally opened on 3 November 1979. The village was not only built with accurate miniatures, but also by the care to the gardens surrounding in the village. Beginning with a handful of English model-village, the gardens keep on developing, and in 1998, the first stage of the international display was unveiled. Until now, the garden remains to be family owned and operated. In 2019, Cockington Green Gardens will celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Until now, the original display that was based on the English model village is still exhibited. The village was created with the image of a village in Torquay in Devon where the family of Doug and Brenda Sarah spent during their family holiday in England. The street was based on the village where their relative lives, and the manor house was built with an image that Doug got from an advertisement in UK. While near the main entrance, you will see the original building that was created with a classic Tudor look. In this section, you will also see the representative of English sports, cricket, golf, and soccer. You will also see some figures as if they are the inhabitant of the village. Surrounding the buildings and miniatures are gardens that are well manicured and create colorful scenes.
The International Display section that was established in the late 1990s takes place in a land that was previously a home to a small lake. During the making of the display, the family contacted the High Commissions and Embassies in Canberra. They then discussed about which building that will represent their countries the best and where the funding will come from. These attempts made many of the early buildings were supported by the Australian Government regional tourism funding. Here, you will find the miniatures of buildings from Argentina, India, Indonesia, Ukraine, and many other countries, including miniatures of Australian buildings. Until now, the Cockington Green Gardens are still in contact with other High Commissions and Embassies with the mission to expand the International Display.
Other than the miniatures, the Cockington Green Gardens also come with an indoor exhibition that is located in a building named The Rose Room. The Rose Room currently exhibits a Georgian style doll house named Waverly, complete with the details of 34 rooms inside it. There is also the well-known Chester Shops. Inside, you can see miniature bottle display and private doll collections with traditional dress from around the world. There are numerous handmade replicas made with great details that are worth your attention. In the same location is the Parsons Nose Garden Cafe with the style of a Cornish cottage. While usually used for individual visitors, the cafe is also available for groups.
The Miniature Steam Train has been one of the most popular attractions at the Cockington Green Gardens. The train was made based on the Fowler Cane Loco. Before, the train used coal as its fuel, but now it has changed and the train runs on gas. This popular train can take up to twenty visitors at one go and will take its passengers around the track for two laps. The train normally runs every 45 minutes, but during peak periods, the train will operate continuously. The train may not be operated as well subject to weather condition. If you are coming to the Cockington Green Gardens, then the train is definitely worth the ride as it is enjoyable by visitors of all age and will give you a different perspective on how you see the garden.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be bought online, both for individuals or for family with special price. For a ride on the miniature steam train, you will have to pay extra. You can also choose to buy the value packs that will give you a ride on the train, a souvenir guide book, and discount vouchers. If you are planning to be a frequent visitor, then it is recommended to buy the 12 month multi-pass that comes with several benefits. You can also buy the 3in1 fun ticket that will give you access to two others attractions in Canberra, the Australian Institute of Sport and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.
How To Get Around?
To get around, you will have to go by foot. Wheelchair access is available, and wheelchairs, electronic scooter, and strollers are available for hire.
What Should I Wear?
There is no recommended dress code for visiting the Cockington Green Gardens. You might want to wear fashionable clothes if you want to take a lot of photos in the area. As this is an outdoor site, remember to check the weather before you go.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the Cockington Green Gardens is by the end of the annual Floriade, where you will get an even more beautiful landscape.
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Will I Need a Guide?
You don't need a guide to go around the Cockington Green Gardens. If you want, you can buy the souvenir guide book when you are buying the entrance ticket.
How To Get There?
The Cockington Green Gardens is only 10 minutes driving from the Canberra City Centre and there is free parking available. If you are going by public transport, you can go with bus route 51 or 52 on weekdays, or 951 or 952 on weekends and stop on the Federation Square.