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National Arboretum Canberra

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  1. National Arboretum
    Photograph: Tourism Australia | National Arboretum
  2. National Arboretum Canberra
    Photograph: Richard Poulton for VisitCanberra | National Arboretum
  3. Arboretum vista
    Photograph: Matt Evans
  4. Pod Playground, National Arboretum Canberra
    Photograph: Anton Scott-Cameron

Time Out says

Find award-winning architecture, panoramic views and the natural beauty of trees and gardens at this forestry park and museum

The National Arboretum Canberra is one of the world’s largest living collections of rare, endangered and significant trees. It comprises 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around Australia and the world. Many of the trees are still young, but two of the forests are nearly 100 hundred years old.

Your arrival point is the Village Centre, an architect-designed building with views over Canberra featuring a restaurant, café, gift shop, information hub, and the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection.

The nature-themed Pod Playground on the northern side of the Village Centre has giant acorn cubbies, nest swings and banksia pods for kids to explore. The Canberra Discovery Garden on the southern side shows visitors how to grow a beautiful, sustainable and water-efficient garden in any season.

The Arboretum is located at the western end of Lake Burley Griffin, six kilometres from the centre of Canberra.


Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway
Weston Creek
Opening hours:
Daily 6am-8.30pm (daylight saving)/7am-5.30pm
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