National Arboretum Canberra


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    A walk to the Cork oak forest, Sunday May 19 at 9:30am to 12 noon

    4. Join one of our most experienced guides, Rob Ey, on a walk through our oldest forest, the hundred-year old Cork oaks. Starting from the Village Centre, the walk will stop at the remarkable Wide Brown Land sculpture, then wander through the Himalayan cedar, magnolia and Japanese dogwood forests before arriving at the Cork oaks. Hear stories of the Cork oak forest and the Portuguese cork strippers. Return via the horse chestnut, fig and white cedar forests. Note, this walk is 6 kms long and steep in places. Activity details.

    Treat your mother to a delicious Mother’s Day breakfast or lunch on Sunday 14 May

    Book now to enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day breakfast or lunch at The Conservatory Restaurant, hosted by Ginger Catering. Executive chef, Janet Jeffs, has designed special a-la-carte menus for the day, with an accompanying children’s menu available for both meals. Pamper your mother with tasty delights and magnificent views over Canberra. Activity details.

    Tree Week Photo Exhibition and special activities 1-7 May

    A rare opportunity to see the Tree Projects Photographic Exhibition, in Canberra for one week only. Marvel at photos of the tallest flowering tree in the world, the mountain ash, Eucalyptus regnans, growing in Styx valley, Tasmania. The Tree Projects team spent 8 weeks in the Styx valley, filming, photographing and climbing giant Eucalyptus regnans trees. The exhibition includes an incredible portrait of a 84 metre high tree, and some stunning photos and videos of the forest, many taken from a bird’s eye view using drones. Other Canberra Tree Week activities include guided forest walks and a morning of drawing and painting in the STEP forest. Activity details.

    Walk the Labyrinth for peace on World Labyrinth Day, 6th May at 12:45pm

    Walk the Arboretum’s Labyrinth Garden for peace and join people walking labyrinths around the globe on World Labyrinth Day, Saturday 6th May. Please arrive at 12.45pm to walk at 1pm, ”As One at 1pm”. Guided labyrinth walks from 1pm to 3pm - enjoy the opportunity to quieten your mind and relax your body. Come along on this walking meditation. Free event. No bookings necessary. The walks will go ahead if light rain falls, but the walks will be cancelled if heavy rain falls.
    More information: call 02 6207 8484. 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.

    Public talk: the Arboretum's Chilean species at home, Sunday 23 April 2pm

    Visiting the Relatives. In mid-November 2016, five intrepid Friends of the Arboretum flew to South America for a guided tour in search of Arboretum species in the national parks of Chile and Argentina. The tour started in Santiago, then visited the World Heritage city of Valparaiso, the Chilean Lakes District and the island of Chiloé. This talk will cover the Arboretum’s Chilean species and some other interesting trees. Hear about the birds and animals encountered, and of course volcanoes and lakes, to set it all in context. In the Green Room. Free event. Activity details.

    Chilean Trees Photographic Exhibition 'Visiting the Relatives' 4 - 25 April, daily 9am - 4pm

    Visiting the Relatives. The Arboretum has seven forest species native to Chile. Five intrepid Friends of the Arboretum recently flew to Santiago in search of these and other interesting species in the national parks of Chile and Argentina. Their adventures included visiting the World Heritage city of Valparaiso, the Chilean Lakes District and the island of Chiloé. The photographic exhibition shares the group's experiences. All welcome to Exhibition Opening Saturday 8th at 9:45am. Free event. In the Village Centre. Presented by the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra. Activity details.

    Sunday high 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 will feature 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, all inclusive (tea and refreshments). Limited seating. Bookings essential on 02 6130 0173 or email info@gingercatering.com.au. 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.

    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.

    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 and enjoy the wonderful views with a trained guide. 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. 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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