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. Activity details.
Hear about the origins of the Arboretum from the bush fires of 2001 and 2003 and how the Arboretum is managing fire risk now. Learn how water is being managed on site to maintain the health of the forests. Join your guide on this new walk and see some very rare trees from Australia and north Africa, including the Saharan and Moroccan cypresses - only about 230 of these trees are still growing in the wild. Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 11am: FREE. Activity details.
Enjoy spectacular views, great live music and delicious food and drinks at the National Arboretum on Friday evenings 6, 13 and 20 January 2017. The northern deck is a perfect summer catch up venue for families and friends. Free music from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Late night shopping at the Curatoreum Gift Store. Village Centre and National Bonsai and Penjing Collection open until 7pm. Pod Playground and forests open until 8:30pm. Free guided Fire and Water walks. For more information, call 02 6207 8484. Activity details.
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.
The Events Terrace, to the south of the Village Centre, is being transformed with the planting of avenues of trees along the roads and walkways, installing seating and lighting and the construction of five of the Gallery of Gardens - the Open Gardens Australia Garden, Mununja The Butterfly Garden, the AIDS Garden of Reflection, the Children’s Garden and the Labyrinth Garden. Construction of the gardens is scheduled for completion in early 2017. Activity details.
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.
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.
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.
Discover some of the Arboretum's forests with a trained guide and learn about its trees and their stories. Activity details.
There are a range of other activities for people to enjoy on a daily basis at the Arboretum. Activity details.
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.