National Arboretum Canberra


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Village Centre closed Thursday 28 September 2017 for one day only.

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    Village Centre closed Thursday 28 September 2017

    The Village Centre, Curatoreum gift shop, Sprout Cafe and Conservatory Restaurant will be closed to the public on Thursday 28 September 2017 for one day only for the Greater Western Sydney Giants' AFL Grand Final luncheon. The rest of the Arboretum will be open and public parking will be free in the overflow car park. There's still plenty to see and do. Activity details.

    Make your own bonsai for 8+ year olds

    Learn how to snip, sculpt and pot your own bonsai tree, then take your creation home with you. This hands-on workshop begins with a special tour of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection to learn a little about bonsai, and to provide some inspiration for your own project. Tuesday 26 Sept & Wednesday 27 Sept at 10.30am and 1pm and Friday 29 Sept at 10.30am. Bookings required: $33.50. For information, call 6207 8484. Book at: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/56946/childrens_bonsai_workshops.aspx Activity details.

    Scar Trees Exhibition by Duncan Smith 23 Sep to 22 Oct

    An exhibition by Duncan Smith, a Canberra based Wiradjuri artist, featuring ochre on canvas to depict patterns from his tribal scar trees. On display in the Village Centre from 23 September to 22 October, 9am - 4pm. Free exhibition. Visit our website. For information, call 02 6207 8484. Activity details.

    Forests in bloom walks 24 Sept & 1, 8, 15 Oct

    It’s not just the bulbs that flower during Floriade! Join us on a free walk to explore the Arboretum’s forests in flower. Sunday 24 September, 1, 8 and 15 October at 1.30pm to 3.30pm. This walk will include the Mediterranean and Eastern red bud, Chinese mahogany and Callery pear forests. Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre. Bookings required. Activity details.

    Daily forest walks during Floriade

    Every day during Floriade, from Saturday 16 September to Sunday 15 October at 11am to 12 noon, join an informative, free walk through the Arboretum’s forests. Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre. No bookings required. Please wear strong, closed shoes and a hat and bring water. For information, call 02 6207 8484. Activity details.

    Fun in the spring school holidays

    There's plenty for the kids to do these school holidays at the National Arboretum. From bonsai making, kite making and story-telling to indigenous painting and music workshops with Wiradjuri artist Duncan Smith and the young dancing group, the Wiradjuri Echoes. Activity details.

    Augmented Reality app brings National Arboretum to life

    The Arboretum’s Augmented Reality app enriches your experience of the Arboretum with talking holograms, stories, soundscapes and digital information. Be sure to download the 'National Arboretum Canberra' app on your tablet or smart device from the App Store or Google Play today and come to the Arboretum to play with augmented reality! Activity details Activity details.

    Sunday afternoon tea 2pm - 4pm in the Conservatory Restaurant

    Executive Chef, Janet Jeffs, and her team would like to invite you to join them for Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory. Autumn is a season of abundance in the garden and the menu each week features delicious morsels showcasing the best the region has to offer - figs, apples, pears, quinces and more (plus chocolate, cream and meringue of course). Every Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. $39 per person. Limited seating. Bookings essential on 02 6130 0173 or email info@gingercatering.com.au. Activity details.

    Visit the newly opened Gallery of Gardens

    A living mosaic of seven unique gardens, the Gallery of Gardens is a key area for functions, events and recreation on the Events Terrace. Each garden has a unique design with a variety of trees, plants, landscape features and welcoming spaces for people to sit and enjoy the inspiring surrounds. The features include a labyrinth, reflective pond, sculpture and stone walls. Open now: The Open Gardens Australia Celebration Garden, The Labyrinth Garden, The AIDS Garden of Reflection and Mununja the Butterfly Garden. The Gallery of Gardens has been created through the generous donations and fundraising efforts of many individuals and organisations. 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.

    Free guided forest walks

    Join an experienced guide to discover some of the Arboretum's forests and enjoy the wonderful views. The Arboretum is constantly changing through the seasons and the walks vary each week. Every Wednesday and Sunday at 11am to 12 noon and Saturday at 2pm to 3pm. Free activity. Wear sturdy footwear and a hat and bring drinking water. No bookings required. Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre. For more information, call 02 6207 8484. 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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