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Cockington Green Nicholls

Where is it at?

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Cockington Green
11 Gold Creek Road
Nicholls
ACT
2913
Tel: 02 6230 2273

Directions

The gardens are 15km north of the city on Gold Creek Road at Gold Creek Village, off the Barton Highway, at 11 Gold Creek Road in Nicholls, Canberra.

Where are we going today?

Cockington Green Gardens is a great option for your family day out if you just love the outdoors, gardens, nature and everything that goes with them.

The park is always growing, so there is always a reason to go back! They opened in 1979 and have since been one of Canberra's landmark attractions. They are also award winning - pretty cool! 

The highlight for most visitors (and especailly kids!) is the meticulously crafted miniature buildings. They are set among the landscaped gardens and look so real! Have a look at the detail - can you see the little windows? What can you see in the gardens? 

You might see the quaint thatched village of Cockington (which the Cockington Green Gardens was named after), or perhaps you might gravitate towards the imposing Baraemar Castle in Scotland? They look so realistic! Every wanted to see Stonehenge? You can here! There is even a proper footy matching being played (complete with it's own streaker!)

The gardens themselves at Cockington Green Gardens are quite an attraction too. They originally were just to be part of the miniature houses, but they have transofred into a display and attraction of their own. Almost 35,000 flowers on display! 

From miniature houses to miniature trains - but this one you can actually ride yourself! It is a half size replica of the Fowler Cane Loco and can be enjoyed by family members of any age! Choo Choo...All aboard! 

Also in the park you can visit the indoor Rose Room exhibition features a 34 room Dolls House, or grab a coffee in the cafe. Why not really make a day of it and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds and the little ones can use up some more of that energy (that we know they have!) on the nearby playground.

Mini-riffic! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$18.50
  • Children$10.50 (Ages 4 - 16)
  • Free Under: 4 years.
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

9.30am open. Last Entry time 4.15pm with viewing available until 5.00pm, 7 days a week barrin

Daily but closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

I'm Hungry!

The Cafe offers tasty 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. .

Healthy Eating!

Free gas BBQs and picnic tables are available for you to make your own lunch and enjoy a lovely family picnic! .

Any Top Tips?

It's another $3 for a train ride, but their Value packages Include Admission, Train Rides, Souvenir Guide Book, Cafe and Gift Shop Discount Vouchers so you can save some bucks there!.

More information

The Picnic & Playground area is within the complex and is open between 9.30am to 4.45pm..

What people are saying?

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    When you wake up in the morning and feel like a walk in the park is just what you could go for, consider this:

    Imagine yourself walking through a garden immaculately maintained with native and foreign flora and the beautiful artworks that take hundreds of hours to reproduce in miniature. Match this with the subtle humor of model people crashing their tractor through a fence, having a punch on at the pub, falling off a roof and running from police.

    If that explanation does not give you a good feel of what to expect, nor get you excited for a day...Read More

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    Lovely little stop by if you are passing Canberra. The decorations and miniature displays are detailed.

    The entry is considerably expensive, which is $18.50 per adult for about 45 minutes of activity. The ticket booth may try to sell you value pack $21 include miniature steam train ride, booklet and some discount vouchers. Personally I don’t find the miniature steam train worth the while, so best to pay for normal entry and see if you would like to put down another $3 for the ride.

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    Worth a visit, but it really only takes and hour or so to walk through and see everything, If you add the train and a stop at the cafe then you can stretch it to two hours. Rather expensive for what it is.

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    Very nice experience

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    Good edutainment for family

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by Michael Cross

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When you wake up in the morning and feel like a walk in the park is just what you could go for, consider this:

Imagine yourself walking through a garden immaculately maintained with native and foreign flora and the beautiful artworks that take hundreds of hours to reproduce in miniature. Match this with the subtle humor of model people crashing their tractor through a fence, having a punch on at the pub, falling off a roof and running from police.

If that explanation does not give you a good feel of what to expect, nor get you excited for a day at Cockington Greens, then I congratulate the person who can amp you up with peaceful day plans.

The Weather

Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Humidity: 30 %
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Thursday

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