The POD Playground's net area is currently under maintenance and will be reopened soon. The remainder of the playground is open to enjoy.

The National Arboretum Canberra is a mosaic of living forests and gardens offering breathtaking views, unique experiences, and a world-class entertainment and events hub including the award-winning Margaret Whitlam Pavilion and the popular Village Centre.

With over 44,000 rare and endangered trees across a 250-hectare site, the Arboretum is a place of beauty, conservation, science research, education, tourism and recreation.

What's here

Discover an exciting variety of things to do, see and experience at the Arboretum.

Eat, drink and shop

Take a break at the Arboretum Cafe, Ginger at the Arboretum or The Curatoreum gift shop at our award-winning Village Centre.

POD playground

Let kids of all ages run wild in the popular nature themed playground with acorn and banksia cubbies, sand-play, slides and swings.

Tracks and trails

Explore the multi-purpose, family-friendly walking, running and cycling trails for all ability levels.

Host an event

Have your wedding, party, meeting or event at one of Canberra's most iconic and sought-after venues.

National Bonsai and Penjing Collection

See the world-class display of miniature trees and forests, created by some of Australia's leading artists.

Top stories

A Place of Reflection - 'Mr Fluffy' Forest Shelter Launched

20 November 2023

A Forest Shelter was officially opened as a place of reflection acknowledging the thousands of Canberrans impacted by loose fill asbestos insulation.

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International Bonsai Relationship Formalised - Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama Japan

1 November 2023

Representatives of the National Arboretum Canberra and the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia, travelled to Japan to mark a significant moment in the history of bonsai art. A new collaboration with the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama Japan, was formalised by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, which the Japanese affectionately refer to as a "Sister Museum Agreement".

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Cloak - Forest Sculpture Gallery

26 August 2022

The new edition to the Forest Sculpture Gallery, Cloak stands gracefully within the mature Himalayan cedar forest of the National Arboretum Canberra. Cloak celebrates the essence of the tree as a being in the natural world which is also wholly connected to other living creatures in nature.

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