National Arboretum Canberra

Tours and trails

The National Arboretum Canberra offers a range of visitor experiences, including self-guided walking tours, free guided walking tours, school group tours and activities as well as guided bus tours (fee applies, visitor supplied bus). Map of the Arboretum (PDF – 1.2 MB).

Tours for all ages and abilities are available, whether on your own or in a group. Bookings are recommended for free guided tours; bookings are required for paid tours

Tour prices

See the fee schedule below, and contact 02 6205 5082 or submit an enquiry via the ACT Government Feedback form for tour bookings.

Self guided walking tour with sound pen

A free map of the self-guided walking trails is available at the Village Centre and can be downloaded here (PDF – 1.2 MB). Visitors may hire a sound pen for $5 at the Village Shop.

Free guided walks

Enjoy a free guided walk and talk with one of our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers from the Friends of the Arboretum. Short and long walks are available. Free guided tours leave regularly from the Village Centre, starting at 10 am and finishing at 3 pm each day. Maximum 16 people.



Level of difficulty

The Event Terrace Walk

20-25 minutes

Easy walk on flat ground.

The Silver Birch Forest

1.5 hours

Medium difficulty with some hills requiring moderate fitness.

Conservation Walk

1.5 hours

Medium difficulty with some hills requiring moderate fitness.

Dairy Farmers Hill Walk  1 hour  Medium difficulty with some hills requiring moderate fitness. Includes some rocky, steep and uneven sections. 

Group bookings

Type of group booking


Walking group guided tour with optional morning or afternoon tea

1-1.5 hours, various grades. Bookings required. $8 per person without refreshments. Minimum 10 people. $6 per person concessional without refreshments. Lunch pack available for $14 per person and morning or afternoon tea is an additional $7 per person.

School: self-guided tour with introduction

Free of charge, however bookings are required.

School: guided tour and activity package

1.5 hours. Bookings required. $6 per person.

Personalised tour with refreshments

2 hours. Bookings required. $110 per person for non-members. $88 per person for Members and Friends.

Bus group guided tour with optional morning or afternoon tea. Visitor-supplied bus.
(Bus must have microphone on board)

$8.00 per person, $6.00 per person concession. Add $7.00 per person with morning or afternoon tea. $14.00 lunch pack available.
Bookings required with minimum 1 week's notice. Minimum number is 30 people.
Approx. 1 hour tour Monday-Friday only.

Specialist VIP event including refreshments $110 for non-members and $88 for members. Bookings required

Miscellaneous fees and charges




Paid parking fees apply from 9:00am until 5:00pm

$2.00 per hour to a daily maximum of $7.00

Overflow carpark hire

$750 per level or part thereof/ per day

This rate does not include night lighting

Event supervision, facilitation and planning

$60 per hour

Please remember

  • Keep to the speed limits and to clearly marked roads, tracks and trails.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists must Give Way to horse riders.
  • The whole Arboretum is strictly a NON-SMOKING site. No open flames are permitted.
  • Visitors are welcome to bring their own food for outdoor consumption.
  • Pets are to be kept on-leash and under control at all times. Pets, except assistance animals, are not permitted inside buildings at the Arboretum.
The ACT Government is committed to improving the accessibility of web content. To provide feedback or request an accessible version of a document please contact us or phone 13 22 81.
Bookmark and Share

Follow us on

Feedback | Languages | Sitemap | Jobs ACT | Privacy | Disclaimer | Copyright Page last updated on 13 January 2014