Guided talks, 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 talk or guided forest walk with a friendly and knowledgeable volunteer guide. The Welcome talk gives an overview of the history, the purpose and the vision of the Arboretum whilst the forest walk will take you to amongst the trees to learn more about 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.

NOTE: Welcome talks currently not available

Talks and forest walks

 Welcome talk at the Village Centre


FREE -  No bookings required

20 minutes

Our free introductory talk gives you a great introduction to the Arboretum. Please join us to find out more about the history, the vision and the future of the Arboretum and discover why it’s one of Canberra’s favourite spots.
Wheelchair and stroller friendly.

Talks start on the hour between 10am - 3pm.

Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre.

Forest walk

Want to walk amongst the trees and hear some of their stories? Venture into forest with a volunteer guide to see and hear more about the trees and features of the Arboretum.

Walking location and topic depending on weather and season. Duration one hour.

Every Monday / 11am - 12pm

Every Saturday / 2pm - 3pm

Every Sunday / 11am - 12pm

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:


December- February (Summer)
Walks depart at 10am

Long forest walk


2 - 2 ½ hours

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 require 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).

Nulla Tours - Guided Bus Tours

Discovery Tour

Nulla Tours – A new way to explore the Arboretum

Coming soon the 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)

10.30am & 1.30pm

Price type:

Child $5

Adult $10

Family A (1A, 2C) $15

Family B (2A, 2C) $25


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.