Our first stop after leaving Cowra was Canberra – our nation’s capital. Canberra is just a 2 1/2 hour drive from Cowra via the small town of Boorowa. Boorowa has a rich pastoral history and strong Irish heritage. This heritage is celebrated annually with the Boorowa Irish Woolfest.
Another good spot to stop on the way to Canberra is the tiny village of Murrumbateman. Just a 30 minute drive north of Canberra it is renowned for it’s cool climate wineries. There are several in the area open to the public, although we didn’t visit any on this trip.
Our visit to Canberra was all about catching up with friends that we hadn’t seen for a couple of years. We decided to meet at Cockington Green Gardens because it was one of the few places in Canberra that we had never visited. Cockington Green is a typical English village done it miniature. Opened about 30 years ago it is very cleverly designed and beautifully maintained.
Although it might not be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ I thoroughly enjoyed it, however I don’t think I would rush back. I thought the entry price of $63 for a family of four was a bit pricey. This price did include a steam train ride. The grounds are quite lovely and there are picnic/BBQ facilities there as well as a children’s playground. I think it would be an awesome place to visit with younger children. Cockington Green is located in the outer Canberra suburb of Nicholls, which makes it easily accessible if you are not going right into Canberra itself.
After spending a couple of hours wandering around the gardens, it was time to head to our friends house where we were staying the night. Once again we proved the versatility of our camper trailer by being able to set it up in their backyard. Makes for a really easy overnight stay!
After a few wines, (okay several wines) and a fantastic BBQ dinner it was great not to have to drive back to a campsite. It was a really great stopover before hitting the road again.