National Arboretum Canberra

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    Pod Playground open daily from 6am to 8.30pm

    Pod Playground open daily from 6am to 8.30pm Activity details.

    New penjing landscape on display

    New penjing landscape on display Activity details.

    Guided forest walk, Sunday 17 December 2017 at 10am

    Join one of our most experienced guides and explore the Arboretum's unusual monocot trees. Monocot trees are unusual, mainly tropical and related to lilies, orchids and grasses. The group will meet at Dairy Farmers Hill and walk to the jelly palms, Californian fan palms, dragon trees and the Chilean wine palms and up the Central Valley, then have a coffee together at the cafe (optional). Activity details.

    Christmas Belles Dinner, 7 December at 6.30pm

    The summer harvest of cherries and berries heralds the arrival of Christmas and the time for good cheer, celebrated in a festive outdoor event! Al fresco dining with music and more. Hosted by Executive Chef Janet Jeffs, you will learn about the produce and the passionate local producers who have brought it to you. The menu crafted by our award-winning kitchen team is prepared with skill and imagination. Book online at: For more information, visit: call 02 6273 4366 or email: Activity details.

    Children's Garden now open

    The new Children's Garden was opened on 25 October. Excited students from Gold Creek Primary gave the seal of approval to the garden that offers sensory and physical exploration. Come and visit Canberra's latest family space at the Gallery of Gardens. This garden was made possible through a generous donation from Brand and Peta Hoff. Activity details.

    'Eat, Drink, Shop', Wednesday 13 December, 5pm – 9pm

    Sound like the perfect combination? Enjoy music, superb food and a 10% discount on purchases at the Curatoreum gift shop. Gingerbread fun and make your own Christmas card with Megalo Print Studio. Buy Ginger Christmas hams. Book dinner at the restaurant or share casual festive platters. Free gift wrapping and we'll throw in a stunning sunset with panoramic views across Canberra – See you there! More information, call 02 6207 8484. Book dinner at the Conservatory Restaurant online at DIMMI or call 6130 0173 (no bookings required for casual share platters, available from the bar on the night). Activity details.

    Book Christmas lunch or party now

    Enjoy classic Christmas favourites with incredible views of Canberra. Book in for a Christmas lunch in the Conservatory Restaurant, starting from $39 per person for a two course lunch, or book your own Christmas party in the Discovery Garden or Margaret Whitlam Pavilion. Choose from three party packages: Garden Party, Classy Cocktail or Grazing Extravaganza. All parties include summer Lawn Games. Activity details.

    Bonsai Azaleas now in bloom

    See these magnificant flowering bonsai Azaleas for a few more weeks only. In flower now are pink, white and red azaleas in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, open from 9am to 4pm, seven days a week. Free entry. Activity details.

    Free introductory talks

    Enjoy a free introductory talk about the Arboretum, 20 minutes long. Departs regularly between 10am and 3pm daily. Meet at the 'free talk' sign in the Village Centre. Wheelchair and stroller friendly. Activity details.

    Every day activities

    There are a range of other activities for people to enjoy on a daily basis at the Arboretum. Activity details.

    Guided group tours

    Guided bus tours are available for groups of 30 people and up while guided walking tours are available for groups of 10 to 16 people. Activity details.

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