National Arboretum Canberra


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    Conservation walk with Max Bourke @ The National Arboretum Canberra

    This guided walk will take you on a gentle stroll through exotic and endemic species that are under threat in their native habitat, including the mesa oaks from California. Activity details.

    Discover eucalypts in and around the Village Centre

    On this free guided walk, see a range of eucalypt trees in the Discovery Garden, the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and in Forest 20, the Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park (STEP). The Eucalypt timbers used as architectural features in the Village Centre will also be highlighted. Every Sunday and Wednesday at 10am, and every Saturday at 2pm. Brought to you by the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra. Enquiries: 6207 8484. Activity details.

    Plenty of fun in the April School Holidays

    Book in to a Mushrooms and Minibeasts Family Walk, make your own Bonsai, or play at Pod Playground these School Holidays. With an experienced guide, your family will explore the Himalayan cedar forest for small animals and fungi and enjoy a craft activity. Activity details.

    Verdure, Canberra Choral Society Concert, Sunday 26 March in the Village Centre

    Twilight concert in the stunning surroundings of the National Arboretum with music by Randall Thompson, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Leonard Bernstein, among others. A special event not to be missed. Activity details.

    Explore the Arboretum's hidden treasures on Saturday 4 March 2017

    For one day only, Saturday 4 March, the gates on River Road will be open and visitors can drive around and wander through some of the Arboretum's most colourful and rare forests, usually closed to public vehicles. Fun Family Walk at 2pm (free). Activity details.

    Arboretum at Sunset 9 March 5:30 - 8:30pm

    Part of the Enlighten Festival. Enjoy a scenic guided walk to watch sunset from Dairy Farmers Hill, returning by torch-light to see the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection under lights. Then indulge in canapés and a drink, accompanied by the sounds of a Japanese Shakuhachi flute. Tickets are limited and only available from 31 January, $45 non-members; $40 members. Activity details.

    Discover Bonsai Week 20-26 March 2017

    The National Bonsai and Penjing Collection presents a week of special events, including daily styling demonstrations, curator-guided tours of the National Collection, an exhibition of handmade bonsai pots, a presentation, auction and Gala Cocktail Evening Demonstration by international guest bonsai artist Mr Tony Tickle. All activities are free except the Cocktail Evening Demonstration. More information, call 02 6207 8484. 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.

    Transforming the Events Terrace

    The Events Terrace, to the south of the Village Centre, is being transformed as a key area for functions, events and recreation. Avenues of trees have been planted along the roads and walkways, and seating and lighting has been installed. The Gallery of Gardens is a series of seven connected gardens being developed on the Events Terrace. Four of the Gallery of Gardens are scheduled for completion and opening in early April 2017 - Mununja The Butterfly Garden, AIDS Garden of Reflection, Labyrinth Garden and the Open Gardens Australia Celebration Garden. Activity details.

    Kitchen Cabinet Dinners

    Janet Jeffs is Director and Executive Chef of Ginger Catering, based at the National Arboretum, Canberra. Janet hosts luscious monthly Kitchen Cabinet Dinners for guests to enjoy contemporary Australian cuisine created from the finest, freshest, seasonal produce. Premium wines from the Canberra Region and entertaining talks by local producers and winemakers also feature on the menu. Dinner is canapes plus three courses and matching wines. Read about the next Kitchen Cabinet Dinner. Activity details.

    Please support the construction of the AIDS Garden of Reflection

    The AIDS Garden of Reflection will create a secluded area for contemplation where visitors can honour those who have lost their life to HIV and AIDS. A community group of people, with the support of the AIDS Action Council, has spent years raising funds for such a place. The AIDS Garden of Reflection will be incorporated in the Gallery of Gardens, a series of six connected gardens being developed on the Events Terrace, and will feature the views and character of the surrounding landscape. Please support the funding appeal to construct the AIDS Garden of Reflection. Donations are fully tax deductible. Donate now and help us meet our goal of $125,000. 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.

    Free guided forest walks

    Discover some of the Arboretum's forests with a trained guide and learn about its trees and their stories. 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.

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