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Canberra Day $5 entry fee only for Charity and dogs welcome

Cockington Green - February 15, 2024

Entry fee to Cockington Green Gardens on this year’s 2024 Canberra Day on Monday, 11th March will once again be just $5 for all visitors – adults, children (children Under 4 free), seniors and dogs also this year.

All entry fees monies raised on the day will be shared between Canberra Guide Dogs and Raw Potential Canberra. Dogs, also for a $5 entry fee to support charity, will also be welcomed at the attraction on the day but will need to be booked as numbers will be limited.

The dogs day out is designed to allow families to enjoy this occasion with their beloved family canine in support of Canberra Guide Dogs along with Raw Potential Canberra who work with young people in our community who are either homeless, at risk of homelessness and in many cases exposed to domestic violence or facing other traumas.

The dogs’ day out fundraiser is being held in conjunction with the annual Hands Across Canberra Giving Day Appeal on March 6 which supports Canberra’s many charities working in the community and assisting those less fortunate and/or experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation.

To add to the atmosphere of the day for those bringing their dogs, a number of pet themed market stalls will be set up around the attraction between 10.00am and 3.00pm where you can support local business and spoil your special fur baby.

Raw Potential Canberra will also have their specially fitted out Outreach vehicle on site with charity representatives to talk about their work with young people.

Cockington Green Gardens Director, Mark Sarah said, “We continue to support our local community and the disadvantaged and less well-off in our community and this has been part of our business model since first opening almost 45 years ago.”

“Over $60,000 has been raised to support local charities from our Canberra Day activities alone since Dollars for Dili was held in March 2013. Organizations such as Pegasus, Rise Up, Children’s Medical Research Institute, Youth Care Canberra, Canberra City Care and Ronald McDonald House have all received funding.  

Despite the difficulties our business has experienced over the past couple of years due to the impacts of the bushfires and COVID19, we are committed to do what we can to support Hands Across Canberra’s appeal this year which is doing so much to help people in our community who need lots of support,” added Mark.

Regrettably, as reported in an earlier article, the miniature steam-train will not be operating on the day whilst upgrades continue prior to the arrival of our new locomotive. It is hoped that train ride operations will commence around mid-year.

Autumn is such a lovely time of the year in Canberra and we would encourage lots of locals to take advantage of the special entry deal to get out and enjoy some fresh air, some quality family time with your pet, stroll around the gardens, and enjoy a picnic in the grounds.

Please note: Dogs must be pre-booked online and entry tickets for the Canberra Day fundraiser can on be purchased at the door or online through the booking system.