National Arboretum Canberra


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    Science Week: Research at the Arboretum

    Have you ever wondered what research is taking place at the National Arboretum Canberra? This is your opportunity to learn more and have first-hand experience with the researchers. Activity details.

    Sunday Long Walk – Dignitary Plantings

    Join a long walk on August 20, 9:30 – Noon Activity details.

    Mid Winter at the Arboretum, 28 July, 4:00pm - 9:30pm

    Spice things up this winter with hearty soups, mulled wine, outdoor adventures and live music at 'Mid Winter at the Arboretum'. Snuggle outside under the heaters enjoying the stunning views across Canberra; there are plenty of activities both inside and out. Activity details.

    Gala Truffle Dinner 29 June at 6.30pm

    Enjoy an exceptional four course dinner with matching local wines while watching the night lights of Canberra from the unique Village Centre. A collaborative event with four of Canberra’s best chefs, showcasing premium local produce, wines and of course, truffles! Thursday 29th June 2017 from 6.30pm. Bookings essential. Activity details.

    Warm Trees Launch Tuesday 4 July at 11:30am

    Enjoy a performance to celebrate Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) with a Japanese court instrument accompanied by didgeridoo music. Activity details.

    Sakura Exhibition 1 - 30 July

    A stunning exhibition of cherry blossom scenes from around Japan is on display daily in the Village Centre 9:00am – 4:00pm. Activity details.

    Warm Trees 1 - 30 July

    Warm Trees 1 - 30 July Activity details.

    Free guided forest walks

    Join an experienced guide to discover some of the Arboretum's forests and enjoy the wonderful views. The Arboretum is constantly changing through the seasons and the walks vary each week. Every Wednesday and Sunday at 11am to 12 noon and Saturday at 2pm to 3pm. Free activity. Wear sturdy footwear and a hat and bring drinking water. No bookings required. Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre. For more information, call 02 6207 8484. Activity details.

    Sunday afternoon tea 2pm - 4pm in the Conservatory Restaurant

    Executive Chef, Janet Jeffs, and her team would like to invite you to join them for Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory. Autumn is a season of abundance in the garden and the menu each week features delicious morsels showcasing the best the region has to offer - figs, apples, pears, quinces and more (plus chocolate, cream and meringue of course). Every Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. $39 per person. Limited seating. Bookings essential on 02 6130 0173 or email info@gingercatering.com.au. Activity details.

    Free introductory talks

    Enjoy a free introductory talk about the Arboretum, 20 minutes long. Departs regularly between 10am and 3pm daily. Meet at the 'free talk' sign in the Village Centre. Wheelchair and stroller friendly. Activity details.

    Every day activities

    There are a range of other activities for people to enjoy on a daily basis at the Arboretum. Activity details.

    Guided group tours

    Guided bus tours are available for groups of 30 people and up while guided walking tours are available for groups of 10 to 16 people. Activity details.

    New Augmented Reality app brings National Arboretum to life

    A new augmented reality app is bringing the National Arboretum landscape to life with holograms, stories, soundscapes and digital information. The new app enriches the experience for visitors to the Arboretum, adding holograms, stories, sounds and digital information to the beautiful forests, buildings and gardens. Be sure to download the 'National Arboretum Canberra' app on your tablet or smart device from the App Store or Google Play today and come to the Arboretum to play with augmented reality! Activity details.

    Visit the newly opened Gallery of Gardens

    A living mosaic of seven unique gardens, the Gallery of Gardens is a key area for functions, events and recreation on the Events Terrace. Each garden has a unique design with a variety of trees, plants, landscape features and welcoming spaces for people 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. The Gallery of Gardens has been created through the generous donations and fundraising efforts of many individuals and organisations. Activity details.

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