The Events Terrace is the large flat space between the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion and the Visitor Centre. It offers panoramic views across the Amphitheatre and Central Valley to Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra city, Mount Ainslie, Red Hill and Mount Taylor. When completed, the Events Terrace will provide a number of outdoor lawns and spaces for a variety of events.
Site and soil stability at the Arboretum have greatly improved in 2013-2014. Recent heavy rainfalls caused very little erosion on site thanks to the growth of groundcovers planted in recent years. Prior to 2006, the soil quality was poor, partly as a result of the 2001 bushfires, and so the soil was prone to water and wind erosion. It required ripping and enrichment before it could be expected to grow healthy Arboretum forests.
After much debate and consultation, seven types of exotic nitrogen-fixing groundcovers were chosen and planted in each forest to help repair and improve the soil. Now that the groundcovers have spread and the top soil is more secure, native grasses and seeds are growing among the non-native groundcovers. Today, many native grasses, ferns and lilies are growing and blooming within mature forests and rocky outcrops.
The ABC caught up with the Arboretum and captured a glimpse of how the National Arboretum Canberra will look into the future. See the story yourself to find out more.
Support the ongoing development of the National Arboretum Canberra by becoming a member. Individual ($40 per year) and family memberships ($75 per year) are available. Benefits include a membership card, pre-paid parking ticket (conditions apply) and quarterly newsletter.Read more
Pod Playground features giant acorn cubbies connected by rope tunnels, nest swings, huge banksia cone cubbies and climbing nets. Enjoy watching the kids explore this unique playground.