Tours and trails


The National Arboretum Canberra offers a range of visitor experiences, including self-guided walking tours, free guided walking tours, school group tours and activities as well as guided bus tours (fee applies, visitor supplied bus). Map of the Arboretum (PDF 1.2 MB).

Tours for all ages and abilities are available, whether on your own or in a group.

Tour prices

Visit the fees and charges page for a full list of prices and contact 02 6207 8484 or email arboretum@act.gov.au for tour bookings.

Walking trails

Walking trails start near the Village Centre and wind through the forests of rare and endangered trees to points of interest at the Arboretum, including Dairy Farmers Hill and the Nest III sculpture, the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP), the Wide Brown Land sculpture, the Himalayan cedar forest and the Cork oak forest.

See the Minister's media release

More information

Guided walks from the Village Centre

Enjoy a free introductory talk or guided forest walk with one of our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers from the Friends of the National Arboretum.


Short introductory talk at the Village Centre

Enjoy a free introductory talk about the Arboretum.
Duration 20 minutes.
Easy access for all abilities.
Wheelchair and stroller friendly.
Meet at the Welcome Desk in the Village Centre.

Times

Tours depart on the hour between 10am - 3pm.

Forest walk

Discover some of the Arboretum's forests with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Learn about the trees and their stories.
Duration one hour.
Moderate walk, uneven ground in places.
Wear sturdy shoes and a hat and bring drinking water.
Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre.

Free activity. No bookings required.

Summer months:

December, January & February walks depart at 10am

Autumn, Winter and Spring:

11am - 12 noon Wednesdays
2pm - 3pm Saturdays
11am - 12 noon Sundays

Long forest walk

Join an experienced guide and delve into the forest. Learn more about the trees, forests and seasons.
Duration 2 ½ hours.
Moderate walk, uneven ground in places.
Wear sturdy shoes and a hat and bring drinking water. Free activity.
Bookings essential. See What's On page for more information and booking details.  Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre.

9.30am - 12 noon.
Third Sunday of the month.

Guided bus and group tours