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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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.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 9am to 4pm 

Choose to grab and go from the Cafe Servery (indoor and outdoor seating available) or dine in and choose from the Cafe menu.

Now taking bookings for brunch and lunch, walk ins welcome.

View the menu here:

Bookings available:

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

Bookings: 02 6130 0173 or email or in person

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

 Ginger at the Arboretum

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CURRENTLY CLOSED due to COVID-19, however the Arboretum Cafe is open and taking bookings for dining in.

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 or phone (02) 6251 3371.