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National Arboretum

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Whilst many of the trees within the arboretum per se are still establishing themselves the views... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sandi M
Canberra, Australia
Great playground and views

What a great playground! A great playground with small kids, and a good view from the cafe. While... 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
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All reviews bonsai collection trees grow children's playground village centre main building great playground bush fires gift shop paid parking information centre great coffee walking trails great views of canberra great place to visit lake burley griffin well worth the visit visiting canberra
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Whilst many of the trees within the arboretum per se are still establishing themselves the views alone make it worth the effort. Great place for weekend brunch and then you can explore the sculptures dotted around the arboretum. Pop back in for a quick coffee...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a great playground! A great playground with small kids, and a good view from the cafe. While the cafe is slightly overpriced the playground makes up for it!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I was taken by a friend to the Arboretum restaurant for a delicious lunch. We did not see so many trees--I believe that they are still growing back after a huge fire some years back. It should be a splendid place in the future. But...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Shera P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

While it’s only early stages for tree growth, the site is amazing. The facilities for visitors and venues for meetings are incredible. Great location and views. The visitor centre is worth a look and the food is superb

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RobynLJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came back here and the trees are growing. It was a very hot day and there is not so much shade here yet. I reckon an autumn visit would be better.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Arboretum is a wonderful place to go for a walk and will be amazing once the trees have matured! A great place for a picnic with family or friends, there are playgrounds for the children (young and old) and picnic areas with a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lisa T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The arboretum is a work in progress with many trees still quite immature. That said, it is still worth a visit with some good architecture in the buildings and great views from the look out that features an eagle and nest sculpture made from scrap...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a leisurely drive through Arboretum with a group of car-loving friends. It was a great way to view the surrounding area as well as see the development of the displays.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank cmdbkennedy
Reviewed 4 weeks 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!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks 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

Date of experience: November 2018
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September 24, 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! 🌲🌳🌴
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Canberra business trip notes (1 Replies)
Have received very useful information on this forum and recently spent another couple of weeks in Canberra so I decided to add some info. Lodging: stayed at the Crown Plaza which was very good. Request a park view room to get away from street noise. Breakfast was outstanding and is included in some rates along with daily drink/canapé coupon for the bar and water bottles in the room. You can join their hotel club (IHG) and get 3 GB free Internet daily. Long term guests get to stuff a...More
August 12, 2014|
Response fromMac M|
Thanks very much for taking the time to do a Trip Report, we don't get many and it's really useful get visitors perceptions of the area. I agree with you about the coast in winter, there's some lovely places to walk and it does not need to be a summer only destination. I'm sorry you were underwhelmed by the Arboretum though I can understand that. I like it, the views are good and it's exciting for someone like me to watch it develop, but the little trees are probably the big attraction now...More
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Hi everyone, What started as a simple "Let's take a long layover in Sydney" has now mushroomed into a second mini-vacation. And then, largely based on this forum, I decided that Canberra sounds like a better fit for our family's traveling style. It'll be me, plus my two kids less than 5 years old. Jet lag won't be an issue. We'll be flying into Sydney and spending two days there. I think we're going to go to Taronga Zoo and maybe do one of the beach walks. We're either going to take...More
March 09, 2018|
Response fromPhil J|
Is devoting a full day at Questacon overkill with our limited time? Probably, you can certainly fill in quite a few hours at Questacon but a full day is probably a little too much. You could use the opportunity to walk along the Lake front, 500m to the National Gallery and wander through the sculpture garden which children love, Flugelman’s CONES (huge chrome shapes which have the effect of crazy mirrors) and Fujiko Nakaya’s FOG SCULPTURE are two particular favourites of children but most...More
Phil J
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Given the current weather and an impending week of continuous rain, I felt it might be useful to put up some activities that are worthwhile and enjoyable even in this weather feel fre to add favourites to suggestions so visitors still enjoy their time here... 1 Australian National Gallery - underground parking with direct access to the gallery above. You can spend a couple of hours looking at the Nation's pre eminent art collection then lunch in the cafe with picture windows and views of the...More
June 17, 2016|
Response fromJohnListon|
What about for the younger ones and the young at heart ? Perhaps Power Kart Raceway on Canberra Ave. Good List