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  •  Activities
  •  Canberra
  •  Cockington Green Gardens Admission and Miniature Steam Train Ride

Cockington Green Gardens Admission and Miniature Steam Train Ride

Cockington Green Gardens

  • Canberra
  • English
  • 1.5 hours (approx.)
  • Instant Confirm

Standard Inclusions

  • Day entry to Cockington Green Gardens. Attraction opens 9:30am - 5pm, last entry 4:15pm, closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day 25 & 26 December.
  • A Ride on the Miniature Steam Train is included.

1 Key Facts


  • Day entry to Cockington Green Gardens. Attraction opens 9:30am - 5pm, last entry 4:15pm, closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day 25 & 26 December.
  • A Ride on the Miniature Steam Train is included.

Not included

  • 1. Transport from/to hotels
  • 2. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 3. Souvenirs
  • 4. Travel Insurance
Destination Canberra
Address 11 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls ACT 2913 Australia
How to get there ● By Car
Located approximately 12km north of Canberra City Centre, takes about 15mins; approximately 280km south of Sydney Airport, takes about 3 hours 30 minutes;

- Free Onsite parking available

● By Public Transport
The closest Bus Stop is O'Hanlon Pl before Gold Creek Rd Station
Please check the Transport Canberra timetables ( for more details to plan your trip.
Operating hours
All Year 09:30 - 17:00 Last Entry 16:15
Christmas Day (25 December) Closed
Boxing Day (26 December) Closed
Check-in requirements If you purchase senior tickets, Seniors Card must be presented on entry.
What to bring/wear ● Appropriate clothing for all weather conditions, eg. jacket for cooler months.
● Comfortable enclosed walking shoes
● Protective clothing, hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses
● Water bottle and Snacks
● Umbrella / raincoat if rains
● Insect repellent
● Camera
● Money / credit card for optional purchases
Other info ● All children must be accompanied by an adult.
● In the event of extreme weather conditions, the display may be closed. Refunds are not offered for visitation during inclement weather.
● Cockington Green has a smoke-free policy throughout the park although a designated outdoor area is available for smokers.
● Cockington Green gardens is a fully wheelchair, pram/stroller and walker accessible display. There is a separate accessibility entrance which is located to the side of the main ticket door entrance.
● Bikes, scooter, skateboards, wagons, roller skates/blades or alike are not allowed into the display.
● Remain on Pathways: The display pathways are bordered by rocks and floral gardens - please respect these boundaries. Do not step over or lift children over the rock borders and gardens onto any parts of the display to get that special photo. The pathway rock borders are there to protect the display and keep visitors safe. Any visitors caught breaking this rule will be asked to leave with no refunds given.
● The entry of pets/animals into the display is strictly forbidden. Genuine Assistance dogs will be allowed entry.
● Walking only in the display (no running).
● Contactless retail transactions.
● For the safety of our guests, employees and display property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Cockington Green Gardens and regulations, prohibits the operation or use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), or drones over the Cockington Green Gardens property by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists – without prior written authorisation from management of Cockington Green Gardens.  
● Please hop on Cockington Green Gardens' official website before your visit for updated information

【Important Post-Covid Service Information】
- You should not visit if you or anyone in your household have any symptoms of COVID 19 (such as
fever or new and/or regular coughs).
- If you feel unwell during your visit, immediately locate and inform a staff member who will arrange for you to receive support and/or advice from the Cockington Green Gardens COVID19 Contact Officer
- Signing in to Cockington Green Gardens with the Check-in CBR App is now only optional for visitors and staff with effect from 11.59pm, 11 February 2022.
- Vaccination is not a pre-requisite for visiting Cockington Green Gardens in line with ACT Government non-mandatory vaccination policy.
- Wearing masks in the ACT is now only mandatory in high-impact settings.  Masks are not be required to be worn at Cockington Green Gardens.
- For the most up to date Covid information, please read

2 Overview

Cockington Green Gardens offers its visitors an experience you will not find anywhere else. Venture into this delightful and fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens to make your Canberra visit complete. Created by Doug & Brenda Sarah Cockington Green Gardens is a family owned and operated attraction, with four generations involved in it's operation over the past 39 years.

Cockington Green Gardens Admission and Miniature Steam Train Ride


Cockington Green Gardens is one of Canberra's premier privately owned and operated tourist attractions. Since opening in 1979, Cockington Green Gardens has delighted visitors young and old. Experience family fun at one of Australia's most charming and unusual tourist attractions. Venture into the fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings currently featuring 30 different countries, set within beautifully landscaped gardens. Then complete your visit by taking a ride on the ever popular Miniature Steam Train.

Other features include: a licensed Garden Café, free gas barbeques, picnic and playground area.



One of the most popular attractions at Cockington Green Gardens is the Miniature Steam Train Ride!

The train was specially made for Cockington Green Gardens and is a half size replica of a Fowler Cane Loco and operates on a 12″ gauge track with a drive configuration of 0­4­0. Originally fuelled by coal, the miniature steam train was converted to run on gas and is believed to be the only one of it's kind. Being more environmentally friendly this wonderful little train can seat up to twenty people at one time, with each ride consisting of two laps around the track. Offering an elevated perspective, the train ride can be enjoyed by people of all ages whilst absorbing the beautiful scenic surrounds of the International Area and picnic grounds.

Whilst wondering through the gardens you will also come across a variety of scale miniature trains.

The inter-city 125 electric train was constructed from plans supplied by British Rail. The process of constructing this train was quite involved and took many months. Firstly, a solid timber mould was made followed by a second mould of fibreglass. The train is powered by a 12 volt DC transformer running two 12-volt wheelchair motors, and controlled by a press and release button adjacent to the Station.

Have you ever wanted to be a train driver! Venture into the International display and you will find the 'G' scale garden railway of locomotives and rolling stock. From a specially designed operational point, visitors have the opportunity to drive the trains around the duel tracks. You could be in control of anything from an Old Loco to a Bullet Train. Fun for kids… of all ages!



  • ½ Scale Replica of the Fowler 040 Cane Loco
  • 12" Gauge
  • 35-40 Horse Power
  • LPG Fired (was Briquettes & Wood)
  • Built by Ross Bishop, Sydney
  • Maintained by Ken Ainsworth of Goulburn
  • Locomotive weight approx. 300kg
  • Maximum capacity 35 Children
  • Complete Track Length 206 Metres
  • Made by Stan Hennock
  • Ride Length 412 Metres, approx. 5 minutes
  • Distance travelled per year approx. 3000km
  • Original Colour was Green
  • Age approx. 30 years (2017)
  • Steam Valve system is Walschaerts



Trains will operate continuously in peak periods.
Train rides are subject to weather conditions.



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3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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