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The National Arboretum offers unique indoor and outdoor venues for hire for a variety of functions and events:
View the Map of Venues.
We can usually organise a venue to suit your special event. Whether indoors or outdoors, most of our venues offer panoramic views over the Arboretum and Canberra.
Ginger Catering (chef Janet Jeffs) are the official caterers at the National Arboretum Canberra. They offer a range of menus and packages for events and functions, whether large or small.
There are three meeting room venues to choose from:
2017 Venue and Site Hire
2018 Venue and Site Hire
2019 Venue and Site Hire
Venue and Site Hire
100% of venue hire, payable on booking confirmation
100% of deposit
Deposit is transferable to an alternative date but is not refundable
25% total value of the booked event
90 - 30 days prior to event
50% total value of booked event
29 - 8 days prior to event
100% of total value of booked event
7 days or less
|Weddings and Private Events|
Initial deposit = 25% of estimated total cost, payable on booking confirmation.
Second deposit = a further 25% of estimated total cost, due a minimum of 60 days prior to event.
100% of initial deposit
Initial deposit is not refundable or transferable
50% of estimated total cost
60 - 30 days prior to event
100% of total value of booked event
30 days or less
|Venue and Site Hire||Mon - Thu Fees GST Inc||Fri - Sun Fees GSt Inc||2019 Flat Fees GST Inc||Notes|
Village Centre Available 4pm - 12am (Not available 9am to 4pm). Post 12am by arrangement and charged at hourly rate.
Booking fee covers venue access by negotiation, dependant on venue set up requirements.
An additional hourly fee is payable if venue is not vacated by the hirer and their suppliers by midnight. Fee includes deck outside for pre-dinner drinks.
Function space is presented as at time of booking and will require accommodating permanent interpretive displays, with additional costs for removal of these if required. No cost for removal of temporary displays. Venue hire rates for the low season winter months of June, July and August will be reduced by 20%.
Venue hire rates for wedding receptions booked in the Village Centre Monday - Thursday will be reduced by 20% year round (winter discount does not apply in addition). An additional mandatory charge for security applies to all wedding receptions and engagement parties in all venues.
Refer to Security and static guard current rates
Conservatory Restaurant group bookings
Only available when Village Centre is not booked for functions. Restricted to northern end of the Village Centre and a maximum of 120 pax. Venue hire does not apply to breakfast events of less than 60 pax.An additional mandatory charge for security applies to all wedding receptions and engagement parties in all venues.
Refer to Security and static guard current rates.
Bonsai viewings after hours 4pm to 9pm
Restricted to Bonsai area with supervised after-visiting hours viewings and guided tour of Bonsai collections. A maximum 100 people allowed in viewing area at on time. Can only be booked in conjunction with the booking of the Village Centre or the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion as wet weather alternatives.
Margaret Whitlam Pavilion
(max 80 pax seated theatre style or 138 standing)
8am to 5pm $108 per hour, minimum 4 hours (half day).
8am to 5pm $132 per hour, minimum 4 hours (half day).
Weddings $1,100 for 2 hour wedding ceremony including audio system.
Max 80 seated theatre style or 138 standing. Wedding flat rate includes use of in-house audio equipment. Additional AV for all functions may be arranged through the preferred supplier for an additional charge. Catering and other inclusions may be negotiated with Ginger Catering. Maximum 4hr charge between 5pm - Midnight. An additional mandatory charge for security applies to all after hours functions in all venues. Refer to Security and static guard current rates.
$5,250 plus $2625 per additional day
|Large outdoor venue, not suitable for half day hire. Base Rates include one day bump in and one day bump out. Power is available.|
|Main Events Terrace Lawn|
$1575 first 36 hours, $788 per 24 hours thereafter
All day use. Price includes allowance for bump in and out within 36 hours. Power and potable water is available
South Events Terrace
$1250 first 36 hours, $625 per 24 hours thereafter
|All day use. Price includes allowance for bump in and out within 36 hours. Power and potable water is available.|
Gallery of Gardens
$210 first 2 hours (minimum charge) $84 per hour thereafter
There will be five complete unique gardens available for hire from 1st September 2017. The capacity varies but is estimated at a maximum 100persons. Three Gardens can accommodate a medium sized 12 x 6metre marquee- additional charge. Power and potable water are available for each garden
Cork Oak Forest and Dairy Farmers Hill
$210 first 2 hours (minimum charge) $84 per hour thereafter
|Bookings required for groups of more than 30. As exclusive use of the outdoor spaces cannot be guaranteed, through consultation with Arboretum management a suitable space can be arranged and the booked area will be signposted as reserved for a function. Additional costs may apply for public events or larger functions.|
Venues booked Through the National Arboretum Canberra Visitor Services Team
|Venue and Site Hire||Mon - Thu Fees GST Inc||Fri - Sun Fees GST Inc||2019 Flat Fees GSt Inc||Notes|
The Terrace Room and Discovery Garden
8am to 5pm $97 per hour, minimum 4 hours (half day). $575 for the full day (8am to 5pm). $113 per hour from 5pm to 12am. Max 4hr charge. $210 per hour post 12am, by arrangement
8am to 5pm $108 per hour, minimum 4 hours (half day). $753 for the full day (8am to 5pm). $160 per hour from 5pm to 12am. Max 4hr charge. $339 per hour post 12am, by arrangement
The Terrace Room (indoor) and Discovery Garden (outdoor) are available for private functions when not used for Arboretum educational and other activities.
$90 hourly rate, minimum 4 hours, maximum charge $450
Available during business hours 9am - 4pm and weekend days by arrangement.
|Green Room Exhibitions||9am - 4 pm||9am - 4 pm||$790 min. 2 week period. Additional weeks @$226 per week|| Exhibitions in the Green Room are a minimum of two weeks and includes 3 weekends.Fee includes bump-in and use of the gallery hanging system. Exhibitors are responsible for all works and need to be in attendance throughout the exhibition. Access to the Green Room by other parties for meetings and after-hours function storage forms part of the exhibition agreement. Works for sale must be processed through an agency agreement with the Curatoreum gift shop. |
Further terms and conditions available on application.
Exhibitions in the Village Centre south area
Exhibitions to be minimum four weeks including 5 weekends or by negotiation. Includes use of the 5 box screens 1500 x 500 x 2500 high, 6 flood lights and positioning thereof, basic midweek 2 hr early evening opening event (use of space). Catering not included and required to be arranged through Ginger Catering. Exhibition may be moved to accommodate evening functions. Further terms and conditions available on application. Works for sale must be processed through an agency agreement with the Curatoreum gift shop.
Himalayan Cedars - BBQ and tables area
This venue is ONLY available for general public use on a first come-first served basis. Suitable for small family groups during the day and early evening. No lighting available.
Hire of other irrigated grass areas for regular exercise/recreational training use
$30 per hour
Applies to irrigated grass areas on Events Terrace when there are no other booked events, during gate opening hours. Exclusive use not guaranteed. Max group size 30.
Use of all other areas including roads and trails
$4.40 per participant.
Includes competitive or non-competitive cycling, running, walking, equestrian or other events. No charge for events that traverse the Arboretum as part of a longer route and which have already incurred a use charge from Parks and Territory Services. Additional event facilitation fees may apply.
|Notice provided||Cancellation fee|
Greater than 30 days
|No fees apply|
|25% of quoted fee|
6 days to 48 hours
|50% of quoted fee|
If noticed provided is less than 48 hours
|100% of quoted fee|
Fees GST Inc.
Fri – Sun
Fees GST Inc.
2019 Flat Fees GST Inc.
Introductory 20 min Guided talks AM and PM various times
Free of charge
Provided by Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra trained guides at scheduled times
Monthly guided walks
|-||-||Free of charge|
Provided by Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra trained guides at scheduled times generally on Sundays
Group Bookings / Specialist Tours
|Walking group guided tours||-||-|
Booking required. Minimum number is 10 people. Catering packages available by arrangement through Ginger Catering. No charge for Friends of the Arboretum.
Bus Group Guided Tour
|Booking required with minimum 1 week notice - minimum number is 20 people. Approx 1 hour tour, provided to groups arriving by bus, onboard microphone required.|
School; Self guided tours (with short introduction)
|-||-||Free of charge||Provided by Friends of the Arboretum Canberra guides at scheduled times, bookings required.|
Facilitated Education Program (domestic only)
|$7.00 per person||Minimum 10 participants. Program vary by arrangement. Curriculum relevant available. Booking required. Catering packages available by arrangement through Ginger Catering.|
Mini guided schools bus tour
|$4.85 per person||Minimum 10 participants. Program vary by arrangement. Booking required. Catering packages available by arrangement through Ginger Catering.|
School Holiday Programs
|$10 - $90 per child depending on program||Maximum 20 participants per group session. Programs vary and cost includes all materials. Bookings required.|
|Children's Birthday parties||-||-||$367.50 for up to 15 children||Maximum 15 participants per group facilitator per session. Programs vary and cost includes all materials. Bookings required.|
|After hours Education Programs Mon - Fri 4 - 8:30pm Daylight Saving period only||-||-||$9.40 per child for up to 1.5hrs||Minimum 40, maximum 75 participants with 2 facilitators. Other conditions apply. Bookings minimum 4 weeks in advance. Catering packages by separate arrangement|
|Specialist VIP tour/event||$124 per hour up to 10 participants weekdays 9-5pm plus $12.50 per additional person/hr||$248 per hour up to 10 participants after-hours & weekends plus $25 per additional person/hr||Ticketed event fee||By arrangement or bespoke guided tours during business hours or on weekends. Flat fee applies to ticketed events arranged by the Arboretum- prices vary according to nature of event.|
|Bonsai Tours during normal VC hours||N/A||N/A||$8.30 full $7.20 concession, $6.20 when booked in conjunction with another tour.||30 minute guided group tour of Bonsai display area during normal visiting hours 9am-4pm, by special arrangement only. Min 10 and max 25 people. Not available on weekends.|
A Foundation membership is a lifelong membership. The membership fee is tax deductible if paid in the Arboretum's gift fund. Benefits include:
No charge. By appointment only.
Appointed by ACT Chief Minister for individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the National Arboretum Canberra. Benefits as per Foundation Membership.
Fees or charge
|Bond for Events||Varies||Determined based on assessment of risk to property of a particular event.|
Paid parking fees
$2.20 per hour to a daily max of $8.20*
Fee has been determined following comparison to parking fees across the ACT. Fees apply 7 days a week from 9.00am-5.00pm
Overflow car parking fees by arrangement
$551 per level or part thereof / day
This rate does not include night lighting. This rate applies regardless of whether the area is used for parking or for another purpose.
Event Supervision, facilitation and planning
$110 per hour
This rate covers staff costs and will be discussed with proponents in advance. The rate will be used 7 days a week between the hours of 7am and 7pm as required. Afterhours rates quoted on request.
Security/static guard costs for functions and events
$185 for the first four hours or part thereof, plus $46 per hour thereafter.
|Mandatory for wedding receptions and engagement parties|
Lock In Release Fee
Cost recovery of the fee charged by the Security Company to release visitors who fail to comply with the gate closure time and are locked in
Annual Parking Pass – Friends of the National Arboretum
$28 per car
Purchase with Friends membership.
Annual Parking Pass
$51 per car
Purchase through Friends as a single product.
Private or public use of a venue for which entry/participation fees are charged will normally be subject to the full fee as above. Waiving or discounting of fees may occur in the following circumstances. In all cases where venue hire fees are waived or discounted, the Arboretum may nonetheless charge the approved Event Supervision, Facilitation and Planning fee where appropriate to meet some or all costs incurred.