National Arboretum Canberra

National Arboretum Canberra

Please note, while restrictions put in place to respond to COVID-19 are easing, there may be some changes to business-as-usual to keep workers and visitors safe. Please contact the business for the most up to date information, including opening times and social distancing measures.

The National Arboretum Canberra has 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. Walk, jog or cycle on over 20km of walking tracks that wind through the 250 hectare site. You’ll be struck by the range of botanical beauty, including the living artworks in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection.

Due to current health advice, visitor numbers inside the Village Centre. Please practice physical distancing.

Enjoy guided bus and walking tours, POD Playground, café, restaurant and gift shop, themed gardens and sculptures with some of Canberra's most spectacular views.

The recently opened Gallery of Gardens is a living mosaic of unique gardens on the Events Terrace. Each garden has a distinctive design with a variety of trees, plants, landscape features and welcoming spaces to sit and enjoy the inspiring surrounds. The features include a labyrinth, reflective pond, sculpture and stone walls. Open now: The Open Gardens Australia Celebration Garden, The Labyrinth Garden, The AIDS Garden of Reflection and Mununja the Butterfly Garden.

Download the Arboretum’s Augmented Reality app so you can stroll among the forests enjoying unique soundscapes, diverse stories of the trees, and holograms.

Holiday Hours

24 December:
Village Centre OPEN
Grounds OPEN
Bonsai Collection CLOSED from 12.30noon

25 December:
Village Centre CLOSED
Grounds OPEN
Bonsai Collection CLOSED

More information about social distancing measures put in place by this business can be found here.
  • Aerial view of the National Arboretum Canberra
    National Arboretum Canberra
  • Inside the Village Centre
    The Village Centre offers interactive learning, a gift shop and eateries
  • Walking through one of the Arboretum's forests
    Walk through forests
  • The Canberra Discovery Garden
    The Canberra Discovery Garden
  • Cyclists atop one of the Arboretum hills looking at great views
    Cycle to the top of the Arboretum for great views
  • Specimens from the National Bonsai Collection
    See the National Bonsai Collection
  • Family and friends picnicking with great views over Canberra
    Picnic with the best views in Canberra
  • AIDS Garden of Reflection

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Village Centre: Daily 9am - 4pm. Grounds: Daily 6am - 8.30pm during daylight savings or 7am – 5.30pm. Closed Christmas Day.

COSTS

Free

ACCESSIBILITY

Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance.

Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times.

Suitable for guests with high support needs who uses a hoist and always travel with a carer.

Location

National Arboretum Canberra

Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Features

Barbeque

Cafe

Carpark

Conference/Function Facilities

Family Friendly

Non Smoking Establishment

Pet Friendly - Enquire

Restaurant

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Reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

BASED ON 1487 REVIEWS

Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Molonglo Valley on TripAdvisor

Awards

  • Travelers Choice 2020

“Wonderful playground and large cafe”

Reviewed on 10/01/2021

Wonderful playground for kids under 10 that is fenced in, and there is a large cafe, restaurant and a gift shop. Some nice tours and you can take walks.. great way to spend half a day! Note it can be...

Review by

YiliKR

“Beautiful lookouts”

Reviewed on 09/01/2021

The bonsai garden inside the arboretum is very good. The arboretum is a beautiful place to walk around. Has nice sculptors and a love restaurant.

Review by

Alka595

“Views and a beautiful surround.”

Reviewed on 31/12/2020

We have been here over the years and seem great changes. The trees are magnificent now.They have expanded and have more beautiful outlooks. This is one of the best places to take in views of...

Review by

themotherdingo

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