National Arboretum Canberra

Forest Drive
Canberra City, ACT - 2601

Type: Parks
(02) 6207 8484
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Situated on a picturesque hilltop overlooking Canberra, the National Arboretum Canberra is a captivating destination renowned for its stunning landscapes, diverse collection of trees, and engaging recreational activities. Spread across 250 hectares, the arboretum offers a unique opportunity to explore a vast array of rare and endangered tree species from around the world, as well as beautifully landscaped gardens, walking trails, and panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a horticulture aficionado, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, the National Arboretum Canberra provides an enriching and memorable experience for visitors of all ages.

Why Visit the National Arboretum Canberra

  • Tree Collection: Discover over 44,000 trees representing more than 100 species from Australia and around the globe, including rare and significant specimens such as the Himalayan Cedar and the Wollemi Pine.
  • Walking Trails: Wander along the arboretum's network of walking trails, which meander through themed forests, gardens, and open spaces, offering opportunities for strolls and wildlife spotting.
  • Events and Activities: Participate in guided tours, workshops, concerts, and special events held throughout the year, providing educational and cultural experiences for visitors of all interests.

Best Time to Visit

The National Arboretum Canberra is open year-round, and the best time to visit depends on your preferences and interests. Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) offer mild weather and vibrant foliage, making it ideal for outdoor exploration and enjoying the gardens.

How to Get There

  • By Car: The arboretum is easily accessible by car, with ample parking available on-site. Follow the signs from central Canberra to the National Arboretum Canberra.
  • Public Transit: Canberra's public transport services provide access to the arboretum, with bus routes stopping nearby. However, service frequency may be limited, so check schedules in advance.
  • Cycling: Cyclists can reach the arboretum via bike-friendly paths, with bicycle racks available for secure parking.

Tips for Visitors

  • Plan Ahead: Check the arboretum's website for current hours of operation, guided tour schedules, and information on special events and activities.
  • Comfortable Footwear: Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven terrain, especially if you plan to explore the walking trails.
  • Bring Supplies: Pack water, snacks, sunscreen, hats, and insect repellent, particularly if you're spending an extended period outdoors.
  • Photography: Bring a camera to capture the stunning landscapes, unique trees, and architectural features of the arboretum.
  • Respect Nature: Help preserve the arboretum's natural beauty by staying on designated paths, disposing of rubbish responsibly, and respecting wildlife and vegetation.

The National Arboretum Canberra offers a serene and enriching retreat amidst nature, providing a sanctuary for tree enthusiasts, families, and visitors seeking relaxation and inspiration. Whether you're admiring the diverse tree collection, exploring the themed gardens, or enjoying recreational activities, the arboretum offers a tranquil and immersive experience that celebrates the beauty and importance of trees in our environment.

More Information

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Opening Hours Everyday: 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Everyday: 6:00 am - 8:30 pm (Daylight Savings Time)
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Fees Free Entry
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