Arboretum [Pronounced "aa-buh-ree-tuhm"]
An arboretum is a botanical garden devoted to growing trees for conservation, scientific research or educational purposes. Arboreta (plural) play an important role in the preservation and management of trees, and provide a place where endangered species can be protected.
The term arboretum was first coined by John Claudius Loudon in 1833, although the concept of an arboretum has been around for much longer.
Arboreta may be monocultural (single species forests), polycultural (scatterings of different tree species), or specialise in growing particular types of trees.
The National Arboretum Canberra is the only monocultural arboretum of its size in the world.
Winner of the 2019 Canberra Region Tourist Attractions award, the National Arboretum Canberra is a mosaic of living forests surrounding an entertainment and events hub, with spectacular views and unique experiences.
Spanning over 250 hectares, the Arboretum is one of the world’s largest living collections of rare, endangered and significant trees. The site is also home to the iconic Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, award-winning Village Centre with its onsite restaurant, café and gift shop, POD playground and the renowned National Bonsai and Penjing Collection.
Opened to the public in 2013, the Arboretum is celebrated for its conservation, science research, education, award-winning architecture and a network of multi-use trails.
The National Arboretum Canberra is part of the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate of ACT Government.
Monday to Sunday
Weddings and Venue hire
Arboretum Cafe bookings
The Curatoreum Gift Shop
Education enquiries (including school visits, activities and school holiday programs)
Arboretum Media Coordinator
Public Use Policy
This document outlines the operational policy applying at the Arboretum in regards to access, public safety, public convenience, public orientation and the engagement in recreational activities. In principal, the policy also applies to the undertaking of private functions, public events and other events. This policy is consistent with ACT Government policies where applicable.
Please view the Public Use Policy here.