National Arboretum Canberra


What's on

    Conservation walk with Max Bourke on Sunday 19 March at 9.30am

    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.

    We invite you to celebrate the opening of four new gardens

    On Sunday 2 April 2017 from 12 noon to 3pm, please join us to celebrate the opening of four new gardens in the Gallery of Gardens at the Arboretum. Pack a picnic or buy delicious food from the Sprout Café, listen to live music and admire the changing autumn colours of the surrounding trees. Decorate and make a kite, or bring your own kite to fly at one of the best kite-flying spots in Canberra (kite kits $10 each). Free guided tours of the new gardens will be on offer. Activity details.

    Free concert by James McCusker Orchestra 1 April 1:30pm to 2pm

    Enjoy a free pop up afternoon concert in the Village Centre by the James McCusker Orchestra on Saturday 1 April at 1:30pm to 2pm. The Orchestra will perform a mix of classics, including works by Handel, Brahms and Faure, as well as music from the movies Pirates of the Caribbean and Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. 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.

    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.

    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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