Cockington Green Gardens

Open 7 Days 9:30am - 5pm

Last Entry: 4:15pm

(02) 6230 2273

Exhibits

Our main displays are featured in two sections — the Original Display area and the International Display area. Incorporated within the park are the Miniature Train displays, and for something a little different, visit the dolls houses in the Rose Room Indoor display.

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Original Display

The original Cockington Green Gardens display winds its way through superbly manicured gardens and depicts many of the varied and colourful scenes of Great Britain that the Sarah family discovered and explored during an extended holiday to England in 1972.

Cockington is a quaint English village located in Torquay in the English county of Devon that the family enjoyed and fell in love with during their extended holiday. They subsequently named their Australian Tourism Award-winning business after this delightful and picturesque village.

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International Display

Cockington Green’s international display was established in the late 1990’s. This followed consideration of better utilisation of the land which previously was home to the small lake around which the miniature steam-train circled. There were many months of work involved in firstly draining the lake and then creating access to the new international display area underneath the miniature steam-train line.  

The process for developing the international display commenced with letters being written to all High Commissions and Embassies in Canberra. Those who responded were engaged in detailed discussions to negotiate which building would best represent their country, a time-frame within which to construct, and last, but not least, from where the funding for the display would come.

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Rose Room

At present the central exhibit is a 34 room Georgian Style Dolls House known as 'Waverly'.

Complementing this is the latest exhibit, also a dolls house 'Misrule' a replica of the house depicted in the famous novel the Seven Little Australians. Donated to the Children's Medical Research Unit the replica house in now on permanent display at Cockington Green Gardens.

The famous 'Chester Shops' is also featured amongst the many varied and changing exhibits of the Rose Room. You could see such things as a miniature bottle display, a private collection of dolls from around the world in traditional dress. Plus numerous hand made creations, which include miniature furniture, and an amazing range of miniature accessories, feather quills, a tiny town with shops, timber model replicas and so much more.


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