National Arboretum Canberra

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A major upgrade of the main visitors car park at the National Arboretum Canberra is scheduled to commence on Monday 28 April 2014. See the Parking page for more information. 

Friends' Speakers Series: Monday 28 April 2014

Max Bourke AM will give his audience a glimpse of the many and varied arboreta overseas in his talk titled 'Arboreta around the world - how will the National Arboretum compare?' Tony Lawson will delve into the colourful world of birds at the Arboretum. Come along and hear these two knowledgeable and lively speakers.

When: 6.30 – 7.30 pm, Monday 28 April 2014

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.

Friends' Speakers Series 2014, 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Date Speaker Topic
23 June Dr G Norton
Dr D Shorthouse
Behind the scenes of today's border security.
Development of the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park Garden (STEP) at the National Arboretum.
25 August Ms A Duncan
Ms B Mitterdorfer
Sustaining Canberra – the role of the National Arboretum in regional sustainability.
Simple Seed or Trouble Weed.
27 October Eminent photographers Photography at the National Arboretum, including the awards for the Arboretum Photography Competition.

Every day you can:

  • 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

    Opening hours

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