Cockington Green

"Cockington Green - Beautiful Gardens and a Miniature village that the kids will love!"

Located about 15 minutes drive away from the centre of Canberra, this miniature village is a hit with the kids. That said, the gardens are so well kept that anyone interested in flower and fauna would probably enjoy these gardens.

It's the kind of place you could come and look round for about an hour but to extend your stay here, it is a great place to bring a picnic and enjoy the gardens and views.

Getting Here, Opening Times and Costs

You'll need a car to get here as its a 15 minute drive from the city of Canberra.

Head North out of the city and follow signs to the Yass along the Barton Highway.

Cockington Green Gardens are just off the main highway on old Creek Road, in Nicholls.

It is open pretty much every day except Christmas day and Boxing day between 9.30am and 4.15pm - last admission is 4.15pm and the gardens close at 5pm.

Expect to pay about $18 for adults and $10 for adults.

There is a family pass for about $50.

There is a link between this place, Questacon Canberra and the Australian Institute of Sport. So if you intend to visit all 3 (not a bad idea if you have kids) then save yourself some cash and buy a combined ticket.

What To Expect From Your Visit To Cockington Green

Just to manage expectations, the gardens aren't huge but they are beautiful.

I think spending an hour or so here and then having a picnic to extend your visit would be a great way to spend a couple of hours.

There is a cafe here too if you prefer not to bring your own food.

  • Wander around the miniature village - there is often a theme which is often good fun. Look carefully in the displays too as there is often something odd or amusing. There is the main area which is based on houses in Great Britain (thatched cottages, stone henge, soccer field) and there is the International area which represents over 30 countries.
  • Admire the vista and beautiful gardens - there are over 35,000 flowers planted every year and whilst the gardens were first there to complement the miniatures, they have become an attraction in their own right. Best time to come is Spring when the flowers are in full bloom and at their very best.
  • Take the kids on the miniature train ($3) - 2 laps round the International Gardens!

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