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National Arboretum

Tuggeranong Pkwy | Weston Creek, Weston, Canberra 2611, Australia
+61 13 22 81
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Canberr'a Labor Government, under the then leadership of John Stanhope showed vision on embarking... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lesley H
Canberra, Australia
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The children love the playground with its unique giant acorns linked by tunnels that can be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The National Arboretum Canberra is a 250-hectare (618 acre) arboretum in Canberra, the national capital of Australia, created after the area was burned out as a result of the Christmas 2001[1] and 2003 Canberra bushfires:[2] The Himalayan Cedar forest lost about one third of its trees, and the commercial Radiata Pine plantation was burned out, allowing the arboretum to be created. In 2004, the Government of the Australian Capital Territory held a nationwide competition for an arboretum, which was to be part of the recovery from the 2003 bushfires. The winning design by landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean and architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer proposed 100 forests and 100 gardens focussing on threatened, rare, and symbolic trees from around the world. The site has been planted since 2005, and includes ceremonial trees planted by visiting heads of government and ambassadors. It was officially opened in February 2013.
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Tuggeranong Pkwy | Weston Creek, Weston, Canberra 2611, Australia
+61 13 22 81
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Canberr'a Labor Government, under the then leadership of John Stanhope showed vision on embarking on this long term project .Forests of trees from countries around the world. A work still in progress but beautiful now. Very good resturant and great views as well. The bonzai...More

Thank Lesley H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The children love the playground with its unique giant acorns linked by tunnels that can be explored from the inside. They run from one unique experience to another. The adults can enjoy a coffee or a meal with stunning views.

Thank Canberrascooter
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a nature lover this place is inspirational 44000 types of rare and endangered trees set out on a beautiful hill with a view of Canberra!

Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to meet for lunch one weekend as we knew there was a play ground for the one-year-old and had looked at the menu for the restaurant on site and seen the were lots of options for gluten free. Playground was fine but we...More

Thank Lyndal T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to come and visit if you are visiting Canberra. This place has a cafe inside and has a great view, playing area for the kid's (yes, it gets crowded but the kids would love it!). Highly recommend this for family with young...More

Thank MelD1979
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on request of younger members who simply ran and ran up to top and rolled/ran back down-and there were some trees there too... playground always great-thanks!

Thank Amanda H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The National Arboretum is totally worth a visit, my only problem was the weather in the day that I went there. It is already autumn in Canberra and it was crazy wind during my visit. I would explore much more during the spring or summer....More

Thank lucianar100
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is only relatively new, having been developed after the devastating bush fires of 2003, but the concept and development are fascinating. There are stunning views of Canberra, interesting artworks and interesting trees. Well worth a visit.

Thank jacam712
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Each year we visit the arboretum and It's lovely to see how the place is expanding. As part of the original design for Canberra, the concept has changed somewhat but the sentiment is there. There are wonderful views across the lake to the city.

Thank Tina M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The terrible and tragic Canberra bushfires led to at least one great compensation, the visionary creation of the new national arboretum, that is gradually emerging from a part of the fire-destroyed pine plantation that previously occupied this hilly site. Located above and to the west...More

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What is the price of admission for senior visitor?
24 September 2016|
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Response from SusanJane_13 | Reviewed this property |
Geoff is correct but it is good to know that all monies collected via parking is redirected into the upkeep of the fabulous Arboretum. The cafe prices are very reasonable too. Enjoy your visit! 🌲🌳🌴