National Arboretum Canberra


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    New guided walks: the five Bs

    Try out a new 5Bs guided walk in December. 5Bs stands for 'bees, bugs, beetles, butterflies and birds'. Join your guide on this new walk and discover the fascinating world of plants and animals within the forests. 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.

    Play until 8:30pm every night

    During daylight savings time, Pod Playground is open for fun from 6am until 8:30pm every day. So bring the kids and enjoy spending time outdoors, taking in the amazing views while they explore, climb and laugh. Activity details.

    A night of glitz and glamour NYE 2016

    Celebrate New Year's Eve with sweeping views, fantastic music and a fabulous three course menu by Janet Jeffs, one of Canberra's most highly regarded chefs. A gala event not to be missed, the perfect way to welcome 2017! Activity details.

    Transforming the Events Terrace

    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.

    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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