Cockington Green Gardens

Open 7 Days 9:30am - 5pm

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(02) 6230 2273
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Celebrating 40 Years

How it all began – History of The Green

It was 10 o’clock on Saturday morning November 3, 1979. For the Sarah family of Canberra, this was no ordinary Saturday morning – it was life changing. The extent of that change was unknown. It was unknown as to the success or otherwise of the new venture they were just about to embark upon.

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Counting the Pennies

Having a dream is one thing, affording the dream is another. The business pavement is littered with unfunded or under-funded dreams. The reality is that the enthusiasm of a business idea is often not matched with the personal means to give life to the dream, or the pitch to potential dream funders is not met with the same enthusiasm as the dream’s creator. 

Fortunately for Canberra and Australia, the dream of Doug and Brenda Sarah is not lying on the business pavement of littered broken dreams. The Cockington Green dream survived through sheer hard work, lots of heartache, dogged perseverance and a strong belief. And yes, it was always a matter of counting the pennies to make sure it ticked off the goals along the way.

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Earl days promoting Canberra and the Green

Local ABC radio identity and well-known Canberran, Greg Bayliss was one of the pioneers of Canberra's domestic tourism push.  As an industry insider, Greg understood just how hard it was to front up and encourage domestic tourism operators to direct visitors towards Canberra.  Countless days and long nights were spent attending industry events, running stands at shopping centres, visiting wholesalers, coach companies, travel agents and motoring organizations.

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From No to Go – Finding a home for Cockington Green

The Cockington Green story is bound together by an eclectic group of people, many unknown to each other. This eclectic group of people are from different professions and backgrounds, many with unrelated skills sets but all critical to the fabric of Cockington Green.

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Growing up inside a successful family business

As the eldest child and only son, Mark Sarah was just 11-years-old when his parents, Doug and Brenda Sarah, began making plans for their unique tourism business. He had just turned 17 when the business first opened to the public on 3rd November 1979. Forty years later, Mark is still proudly and heavily involved in the management and direction of Cockington Green Gardens. He has known nothing else in his working life and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

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