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 are limited. 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.

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



Village Centre: Daily 9am - 4pm. Grounds: Daily 6am - 8.30pm during daylight savings or 7am – 5.30pm. Closed Christmas Day. except for the grounds which will remain open.




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.


National Arboretum Canberra

Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley, Australian Capital Territory, Australia





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

“Take a trip amongst the trees”

Reviewed on 27/06/2021

The National Aboretum is a collection of living forests and gardens, spread over 250 ha (620 acres). Some 44,000 rare and endangered trees make for interesting viewing. The bonsai collection is...

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Reviewed on 12/06/2021

This place was a real surprise, and I would rate it a must visit in Spring. we were there in winter and many of the tree are bare of leaves. The views are magnificent and all photos do not do justice...

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Kevin A

“A national treasure and a must-see”

Reviewed on 12/06/2021

What a national treasure this place is. Knowing how badly this area and other parts of Canberra were decimated by bushfires in 2003, it is very special to see the arboretum rise out of that disaster...

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