Guided walks and bus tours

Whether on your own or in a group, the Arboretum offers a range of guided activities for visitors of all ages and abilities.

Join a free Welcome Walk or guided Forest Walk with a friendly and knowledgeable volunteer guide.

The 20 minute Welcome Walk will introduce you to the Arboretum’s purpose, its views and gardens and is suitable for strollers and mobility devices. The one hour Forest Walk will get you amongst the trees to discover the stories of the forests.

For bookings and enquiries contact, phone 02 6207 8484 or speak to one of our friendly Visitor Services staff at the Village Centre information desk.

Short walks and forest walks

 Welcome Walks

FREE - No bookings required

Duration: 20 minutes

Meet: Information Desk in the Village Centre

  • 10.00-10.20 am Arboretum Views Walk
  • 11.00-11.20 am Discovery Garden Walk
  • 12.00-12.20 pm Gallery of Gardens Walk

The Arboretum is so much more than trees! Our Welcome Walks will introduce you to the Arboretum, its forests, gardens and even some hidden treasures. Join our guide for a gentle stroll and take in the impressive views. Suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

Please note that bookings are not taken for these walks.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions we can take eight participants on a first come first served basis. Contact details of attendees are required to be taken.

Forest Walks

Weekly Forest Walks

Want to walk amongst the trees and hear some of their stories? Venture into the forests with a volunteer guide to see and hear more about the trees and features of the Arboretum. Walking location and topic depends on weather and season. Duration one hour.

March - November

Every Monday / 11am - 12pm
Every Saturday / 2pm - 3pm
Every Sunday / 11am - 12pm

December- February (Summer)

Every Monday / 10am - 11am
Every Saturday / 10am - 11am
Every Sunday / 10am - 11am

Adult: $5, Children (12 - 16 years): Free

Suitable for children over 12 years.
Please wear sturdy enclosed shoes, bring water and dress for the weather.
Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre.

* If you feel unwell on the day, please stay at home. Social distancing will be practiced at this event.
Places are limited and bookings are essential:

Long Forest Walks

Join an experienced guide and delve into the forests. These walks are themed and will give you an insight into a particular aspect of the Arboretum.

Moderate fitness is required for this walk and ground may be uneven in places. Sturdy, enclosed shoes are essential. Please bring a hat, drinking water and dress for the weather.

For upcoming long forest walks, please see our What's On section for information and bookings.

Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre.

Guided tours

Custom guided walking tours

Would your group like a customised walk? Talk to our friendly staff about a tailored guided walking tour for your group or event.

Cost $9.50 per adult ($7.20 concession), minimum of 20 people.

Duration: 1 hour


Guided Bonsai Collection tour

Cost $8.30 per adult ($7.20 concession)
30 minutes
Bookings essential 14 days prior to the tour

Learn about the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and see what makes these spectacular miniature living sculptures so special. Minimum 10, maximum 25 people. Tour must be conducted between 9am - 4pm.

Guided coach tours

Cost $9.50 per adult ($7 concession)
One hour

Bookings essential 14 days prior to the tour

Visiting with a coach group? Guided coach tours are available for groups of 20+ people (fee applies, visitor supplied bus).
Catering can be arranged through our onsite catering partner Ginger Catering. Please contact for any catering needs.

Specialist and VIP tours

(up to 10 people)
Bookings essential 7 days prior to the tour

Weekdays 9am-5pm
$116 per hour ($11.60 per additional person/hour)

After hours and weekends
$231.00 per hour ($23.10 per additional person/hour).

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Discovery Tour

Ngala Tours – A new way to explore the Arboretum

Take a guided bus tour with our friendly guides and learn the stories of the forests and enjoy two viewing stops with spectacular photo opportunities.

Discovery Tour

Wed – Sun (& Public hols)

Departs: 1.30pm

Duration: 40 minutes

Price type:

Child $5

Adult $10

Family A (1A, 2C) $15

Family B (2A, 2C) $25


Book up to two weeks in advance online at Sticky Tickets or at the Information Desk in the Village Centre

Suitable for all ages.

*Babies 12 months and under travel free on laps.

Brought to you with the support of the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra.

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