Visitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy every day at the Arboretum. Free guided talks and walks are provided every day of the year except 25 December. With spectacular views and forests, plus the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, cafe, restaurant, Conservatorium gift shop, picnic deck and barbeques, lookouts, outdoor sculptures and more, every day is different at the Arboretum.
Short introductory talks at the Village Centre
Enjoy a free introductory talk about the Arboretum.
Departing at regular intervals between 10am - 3pm
Discover some of the Arboretum's forests with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Learn about the trees and their stories.
Long and short walking trails weave through the Arboretum. A free map of the walking trails is available to download here (PDF 1.2MB) and at the Welcome Desk in the Village Centre.
Pod Playground encourages children to climb, explore and have fun. A unique and adventurous playground featuring giant acorn cubbies and banksia pods.
Visit the award-winning Village Centre and enjoy panoramic views while relaxing at the Sprout Cafe, Conservatory Restaurant and the Curatoreum gift shop.
Be fascinated by this extraordinary national collection of miniature trees and forests.
Learn about water-efficient, sustainable gardening at the Canberra Discovery Garden. The Discovery Garden demonstrates what to grow to achieve an interesting garden all year-round, while using minimal water.
STEP (Forest 20) is a regional botanic garden, education and conservation centre demonstrating trees and other plants native to the local area, the Southern Tablelands. Meander through STEP and see over 16 different types of local Eucalypt trees and many local shrubs, flowers, ferns and grasses. A short walk from the main car park.
STEP features The Clearing, a comfortable and quiet outdoor education space for school groups and a place for visitors to rest or enjoy a picnic. The Clearing is an accessible sitting space with a wide open outlook that integrates with the surrounding eucalypt trees.