National Arboretum Canberra

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Warm trees installation

Warm Trees is the combined efforts of hundreds of volunteers of all ages who make scarves for an exciting display at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Last year's volunteers included contributions from families, knitters in an aged care facility and the work of many individuals from the Canberra community and around Australia.

Warm Trees is a winter social event that culminates in an engaging and unique art installation onsite at the National Arboretum. This year, the Friends of the Arboretum are particularly encouraging school children to send in scarves in their school colours. The main goal of Warm Trees is to encourage people to visit the Arboretum and explore the forests, even in the winter time.

We hope that many wonderful volunteers will donate their time, skills and materials to create a fabulous installation.

The Warm Tree exhibit will stay up until the 31 August 2014.

More information: Visit the Friends of the Arboretum website.

Friends' Speakers Series 2014

Date Time Speaker Topic
25 August 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm Ms A Duncan Sustaining Canberra – the role of the National Arboretum in regional sustainability
27 October 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm Eminent photographers Photography at the National Arboretum, including the awards for the Arboretum Photography Competition

Cost: $10 per person. $8 for Friends and Arboretum members.

Bookings: Phone the Arboretum gift shop on (02) 6207 8484 or email - seats are limited.

Free guided forest walks

Discover some of the Arboretum's forests with a trained guide and learn about its trees and their stories.

Walks are approximately one hour long and are a lot of fun.

Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather; strong, closed shoes for walking on uneven ground, a hat and sunscreen. Bring water for drinking.

Forest walks usually leave the Village Centre at 9.30 am every third Sunday of the month. Please check the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra website for more information.

Every day you can:

Free introductory talks

Enjoy a free introductory talk about the overall design, forests, architecture, biodiversity, bonsai and many other highlights of the Arboretum. Short talks are approximately 15-20 minutes long, and give a great overview of the  Arboretum.

Talks occur every half an hour, between 9 am and 4 pm, seven days per week - meet at the 'free talk' sign in the Village Centre. 

These talks are wheelchair and stroller friendly.For further information, call 13 22 81.

Other activities
  • Enjoy a free guided walk and talk, leaving the Village Centre every 30 minutes:
    • Event Terrace walk and talk, 25 mins, wheelchair accessible
    • Longer walks 60 - 90 mins to Dairy Farmers Hill, Silver Birches or Conservation Walk.
  • Walk through some of the 90 forests with over 48,000 trees growing across a landscape of rolling hills.A free map of the self-guided walking trails is available.
  • Undertake a self-guided walk and listen to the stories behind the forests and trees on an audiopen. Hire $10 ($8 for Friends of the Arboretum), available from the gift shop in the Village Centre. 
  • Surround yourself with old trees in the Himalayan Cedar, Cork Oak and Pine forests.
  • Visit the Village Centre and take in the panoramic views over the Arboretum, Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin and beyond.
  • Discover some of the delicious flavours created by award winning chef Janet Jeffs at the Sprout Café and The Conservatory Restaurant.
  • Be fascinated by the national collection of miniature trees and forests at the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia.
  • Learn about sustainable gardening at the Canberra Discovery Garden (ACTEW Water).
  • Enjoy the demonstration garden of local native trees and plants growing at the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park.
  • Explore the Pod Playground.

Groups book a guided tour

  • Bus or coach guided tours available 10:30am. Minimum 30 Cost $8 or $6 concessions
  • Guided walking tours available Min 10 max 16 participants. Cost $8 or $6 concessions
  • Morning tea 10 am $7 per person
  • Lunch box 12 midday $15 per person
  • Afternoon tours on special request only

Bookings required minimum 4 weeks prior, confirmation minimum 2 weeks prior

BOOKINGS: email or phone (02) 6205 5082

Free Guided Walk


Level of difficulty

The Event Terrace Walk

20 - 25 minutes

Easy walk on flat ground

The Silver Birch Forest

1.5 hours

Medium difficulty with some hills requiring moderate fitness

Conservation Walk

1.5 hours

Medium difficulty with some hills requiring moderate fitness

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