Village Centre


Nestled at the heart of the Arboretum is the award-winning Village Centre. With impressive world-class architecture, breathtaking views and friendly informative staff, this is the best place to start your Arboretum experience.  

Step inside and enjoy the art and architecture, listen to a free Welcome talk, discover the Arboretum’s story, have a bite to eat at the Arboretum Café or treat yourself to something special from The Curatoreum gift shop. The POD playground and National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia are just a short stroll away.

Need more information? A walking and forest map? Our friendly staff at the Information Desk will be able to assist you.

Open daily 9am to 4pm (except 25 December)

Arboretum Café

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Open 9am to 4pm Monday to Sunday

Ginger Catering is very proud to feature locally grown vegetables, fruits, seafood, dairy and organic and biodynamic meats. At the Arboretum Café you can choose a little or a lot – pick up a snack or a ready-to-eat lunch from the servery to enjoy in the Village Centre or why not take it with you and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful surrounds of the Arboretum.

Looking for a relaxing lunch inside? A lunch menu is available in seated Arboretum Cafe from 12 noon. Feeling tempted? View the menu here: https://gingercatering.com.au/arboretum-cafe/

COVID-19 restrictions apply to seating and we encourage you to book in advance. We thank you for your patience.

Bookings available:

Monday – Friday from 12pm for lunch
Saturday – Sunday from 9am for brunch and lunch

Lunch menu available from 12pm

Bookings: 02 6130 0173 or email arboretumcafe@gingercatering.com.au or in person

 Ginger at the Arboretum

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CURRENTLY CLOSED

Delicious, elegant, contemporary Australian cuisine with the best views in Canberra.

Open 12 - 2pm daily for lunch, and 8 - 11am for breakfast on Saturday & Sunday.
Bookings recommended. Contact 02 6130 0173 or theconservatory@gingercatering.com.au

The Curatoreum

CuratoreumKnown for its unique and quality gifts, The Curatoreum has a wonderful selection of books, children’s activities, homewares and jewellery. There are new treasures to discover with each visit.

Ask the friendly, knowledgeable staff to help you find the perfect gift or special something. And remember to show your members card for a 10% discount at both the National Arboretum and the National Portrait Gallery stores.

Open daily 9am to 4pm (except 25 December)
For more information visit thecuratoreum.com or phone (02) 6251 3371.