National Arboretum Canberra

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Self-guided visits

  • Self-guided visits are welcome and are free of charge.
    Bookings are essential for all school groups visiting the Arboretum at least one week before the planned visit. For information and bookings contact 6207 8156 or email via the ACT Government feedback form.
  • School groups are advised to allow a minimum of 1.5 hours for a visit, and longer if possible – there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep students busy.
  • Teacher-guided walks and activities. Teachers and students can enjoy exploring over 90 forests of endangered and symbolic trees from across Australia and from around the world under their own direction. Visiting educators are encouraged to develop resources and educational materials to support the visit.
  • Self guided visits may include a stop at the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, where students can experience the skills and techniques of the art of bonsai and see the exhibition of Japanese and Chinese viewing stones, or "suiseki".
  • The National Arboretum features the architect-designed Village Centre and Pod Playground, various outdoor sculptures and artworks, lookouts with panoramic views, information displays, multimedia displays, the ACTEW AGL Discovery Garden and a cafe that are all waiting to be explored by visitors.
  • Four sign-posted, cross country walks lead visitors to significant forests and places at the Arboretum. The walks are of varying lengths and terrain, are easy to follow and have been designed with an educational perspective in mind. The sign-posted walks are outlined in the free Visitor Map Brochure, available in the Village Centre and on the Arboretum’s website. Read about the sign-posted walks in the Arboretum.
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