National Arboretum Canberra


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Village Centre closed Thursday 28 September 2017 for one day only.

Facilitated programs for secondary school groups

Facilitated programs for secondary students can be tailored specifically for your needs. Please contact the Education Coordinator on 02 6207 8156 to discuss.

Formal secondary programs are under development and are expected to be available by the end of 2014.

The cost for facilitated programs is $6.60 per student. Teachers and accompanying adults are free of charge. Payment for programs can be made on the day at the Arboretum Village Centre, or an invoice can be sent to you after your visit. There is a minimum charge of $66 for a program.

Full bus tour - duration 60 minutes

Bus tours are a good option for exploring the Arboretum. An educator leads a bus tour of the Arboretum, providing an overview and insights of the forests.

The tour stops at Dairy Farmers Hill lookout and the Himalayan cedar forest to allow the students to take in the views across the Arboretum and beyond, visit the sculptures Nest III and Wide Brown Land, and experience a ninety-year-old forest. Interestingly, the Himalayan cedar forest was defended and saved by fire-fighters in the 2003 bushfires.

Cost $6 per student. Suitable for all age groups.

Highlights bus tour – duration 45 minutes

The highlights bus tour is a good option for large groups with limited time to explore the Arboretum. An educator leads a bus tour of the Arboretum's highlights, providing an overview and insights of the forests.

The tour stops at Dairy Farmers Hill lookout to allow students to take in the views across the Arboretum and beyond and visit the Nest III sculpture.

Cost $4.40 per student. Suitable for all age groups.

Self guided walks

There are a number of sign-posted walks that you can take with your students depending on time, accessibility and level of difficulty. Maps are available in the Village Centre.

Village Centre to the Himalayan cedars – duration 40 minutes (one way)

Distance: 1.1 kilometres

This walk takes you uphill past the Wide Brown Land sculpture where you will experience spectacular views. The walk continues on into the Himalayan cedar forest that was planted in the 1920s. The 10 minute loop walk through the Himalayan cedar forest enables students to be immersed in one of the mature forests found at the National Arboretum. From there you can return to the Village Centre on foot, arrange to have your bus pick you up, or continue down to the cork oak forest.

Himalayan cedars to the cork oak forest – duration 30 minutes (one way)

Distance: 960 metres

This walk leads through the two oldest forests at the Arboretum the Himalayan cedars and the cork oak forest. Access to the cork oak forest is via remnant bushland. You can arrange for your bus to pick you up from the cork oak car park, return on foot to the Himalayan cedars, or complete the cork oak loop. The downhill path is rocky and can be steep in places.

Cork oak loop walk – duration 20 minutes (return)

Distance: 960 metres

This easy level walk loops through the eight hectares of cork oaks planted between 1917 and the 1920s. The oaks were planted for commercial use and many of the trees were stripped of their cork in 2005, leaving black trunks behind. For more information on the cork oak forest is available on the Arboretum website.

Village Centre to Dairy Farmers Hill - Duration 25 minutes (one way)

Distance: 830 metres

Enjoy some of the best views at the National Arboretum. Starting at the Village Centre, this walk takes you through the Events Terrace and then climbs steeply to the top of Dairy Farmers Hill. The terrain includes rocky, steep and uneven sections. From the lookout you can see spectacular panoramic views across the National Arboretum, Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra city and the Brindabella Mountains.

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