National Arboretum Canberra

What's on

    The Rites of Spring Dinner 21 Sept at 6pm

    Join Janet Jeffs, executive chef of Ginger Catering, to celebrate spring with this three course gourmet dinner and matching wines. Guests will enjoy contemporary Australian cuisine created from the finest, freshest, seasonal produce. Premium wines from the Canberra Region also feature on the menu. Fiona Buining, Merici College’s sustainability teacher, will give a short talk on the significance of the seasons. Activity details.

    Springtime Photo Competition opens 1 September 2016

    School children aged 12 and under, high school students and secondary college students are invited to take photos of the National Arboretum during springtime, anytime from 1 September to 30 November 2016 inclusive. Great prizes on offer plus the best photos will be displayed in the Village Centre. Entries close 1 December 2016. Activity details.

    Spring school holidays at the Arboretum

    There are so many ways to keep the kids happy at the Arboretum these school holidays. Book into a Bonsai, Art or Craft Workshop, follow the clues on the 'Spring Trail', picnic among the towering trees or walk along the forest trails. Activity details.

    Future Directions 2016

    The Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA, has released key planning documents that will help shape the future of the National Arboretum over the next decade. The Future Directions Review will be informed by the findings and recommendations of the Forest Review and the recent stakeholder consultation process. Activity details.

    Transforming the Events Terrace

    The Events Terrace is set to be transformed in the coming months. Works include planting avenues of trees along the roads and walkways, installing seating and lighting and the construction of three of the Gallery of Gardens - the Open Gardens Australia Garden, Mununja The Butterfly Garden and the Labyrinth Garden. Activity details.

    Hansel and Gretel Dinner at 6pm on 24 August

    Surrounded by sensational views and the forests of the National Arboretum, enjoy canapes, a three course dinner and matching wines. On the menu is duck confit cassoulet, Boxgum Grazing sausages, quince, gingerbread and macadamia. Meet Claire and Sam from Boxgum Grazing whose farm near Young in NSW is focused on increasing the biodiversity and biological health of their land along with sustainable food production. 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.

    Wide Brown Land in repair

    The area around the Wide Brown Land sculpture will be fenced off to public access until Thursday 1 September 2016 to allow for surface repair works to the sculpture. Activity details.

    Join a guided Wattle Walk on 27 or 28 August 2016

    Join a special guided Wattle Walk with Australian Acacia expert Dr Suzette Searle who will answer your questions about all things wattle. Activity details.

    Tickets on sale now for Voices in the Forest 19 November 2016

    This year's Voices in the Forest, Canberra’s operatic spectacular, will present some of the finest voices and musicians in the world, including Sumi Jo, Soprano; Richard Troxell, Tenor and Sally-Anne Russell, Mezzo-soprano. Early Bird Discount of 15% is available for groups of 10 or more until 31 August 2016. Activity details.

    Winter Wonderland Photographic Exhibition 6 Aug - 4 Sept

    Parisa Applegarth's photographs share rare insights into the life of a Sami reindeer herder in Lapland in the Arctic Circle. Today there are just a handful of Sami who still follow the old ways. Free artists talk at 11am, Saturday 6 August in the Village Centre. 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, 15-20 minutes long. Every 30 minutes from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 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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