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 restricted with limited seating capacity in the café. Please practice physical distancing.

Enjoy free guided and self-guided tours, Pod Playground, a café and shop, outdoor sculptures, 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 featuring tales of a fire fighter, harpist, landscape architect, Ngunnawal man, volunteer guide and bonsai artist.

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Walking through one of the Arboretum's forests
    Walk through forests
  • The Canberra Discovery Garden
    The Canberra Discovery Garden
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Family and friends picnicking with great views over Canberra
    Picnic with the best views in Canberra
  • AIDS Garden of Reflection
  • 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 1471 REVIEWS

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

Awards

  • Certificate of Excellence 2020

“A fabulous attraction”

Reviewed on 20/09/2020

Had a very enjoyable lunch in the cafe before wondering around the extensive and very impressive garden areas.

Review by

Twoworldtraveller

“Great park for kids”

Reviewed on 21/08/2020

Lovely park and great views.
Great for kids.
Shame had to pay for parking but even so it is well worth a trip

Review by

RonnieRonster

“I didn’t go into the buildings but enjoyed the views from the lookout”

Reviewed on 18/08/2020

It was cold and wet but you can drive up to the lookout and to other stopping points . The views are wonderful and there are A couple of picnic tables And some art works. The one I liked was the...

Review by

Sherallee H

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