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National Arboretum

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Great scenery

The Arboretum contains some very interesting exhibits, a good cafe, an excellent bonsai collection... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gold Coast, Australia
Brilliant place

Went to Arboretum on 12th November, plenty of parking, good start. Oh my, stunning place, all the... read more

Reviewed 3 days 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...more
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Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley, Canberra 2611, Australia
+61 13 22 81
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed February 18, 2013

When plans were announced in 2004 to create an arboretum on the edge of Canberra in the midst of the worst drought in living memory, I though our politicians were crazy. The site chosen had been ravaged the previous year by bushfires that had also...More

3  Thank kellihughes2617
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Staff not trained to deal with customers efficiently, they are unsure about the food on the menu. Management does not seem to have any strateiges to make sure that people can get served in a reasonable amount of time. what a joke another lovely Canberra...More

10  Thank 66lapwing
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All reviews bonsai collection trees grow children's playground main building village centre great playground bush fires gift shop paid parking information centre great coffee great views of canberra great place to visit lake burley griffin well worth the visit visiting canberra pod playground
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Arboretum contains some very interesting exhibits, a good cafe, an excellent bonsai collection and a number of locations which offer scenic views of Canberra. Lots of photo opportunities!

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went to Arboretum on 12th November, plenty of parking, good start. Oh my, stunning place, all the names of the men and women who have lost there lives in the armed forces in the years since ww2, oh my soooo many. So peace full and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The forests are in their infancy but showing magnificent potential. The high views are spectacular. The buildings are works of art and a pleasure to visit. The children's playground is an award-winner. Best place in Canberra to take visitors. My favourite parts are the cedar...More

Thank MicheleB4423
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this morning and was amazed by the views of Canberra and Government House. The tree are all very new and will look amazing in about 10 years time. The facilities are new and trendy. The bonsai collection is worth a look. I will...More

Thank 116damiens
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hadn't heard much about this place, but decided to pop in for lunch to check it out. The main building is spectacular, with views out over the lake and great food options. The bonsai display is worth a look. This place will only get better...More

Thank GeelongPhantom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice to see what they try to create there with all the trees around you. got a great playground (pod playground) which my children never tired of going back to.

Thank denniswyh
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mostly plantings are still very young, but over time this will develop into a glorious spot. Great views over the lake, and still some nice grove of trees to stroll through. Make sure you visit the bonsais.

Thank Bill S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Following a Sunday lunch in Canberra we took a trip to the centre for my grandchildren to enjoy the playground and to see the bonzai. I actually found the centre an amazingly modern place, full of well presented information of the area, a beautiful view...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had an opportunity to attend a holiday party in the arboretum building during a work trip to Canberra, and it was lovely. There had been a wildfire a few years earlier, so some of the tree growth is new, but it's still worth a...More

Thank RachelinKabul
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great space to take kids, lots of open spaces walks through gardens and groves of trees. Fantastic views over Canberra. Well worth a visit if you are in Canberra

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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! 🌲🌳🌴