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National Arboretum

Tuggeranong Pkwy | Weston Creek, Weston, Canberra 2611, Australia
+61 13 22 81
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Spectacular views, cafe and lots of trees

I love this place. I always call in here first on my trips to Canberra to have lunch overlooking... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sally F
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Dubbo, Australia
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Amazing!

Such an interesting place to visit, and such a wonderful thing to come out of the devastation of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
dianat260
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Canberra, Australia
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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I love this place. I always call in here first on my trips to Canberra to have lunch overlooking Lake Burley Griffin and the city and views to sculpture on the hill. So much information about trees in the information centre and when walking through...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Such an interesting place to visit, and such a wonderful thing to come out of the devastation of the 2003 firestorm that hit Canberra. This truly is a wonderful gift to Canberrans, and all who visit. Something for everyone really, lots of space to walk...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place to go, the trees are still quite young but in a few years it will be spectacular. Great place for kids, with big hills to roll down and fly kites also a fantastic park,well worth the visit

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Reviewed 3 days ago

There is a giant (and very elaborate) playground for kids of all ages (no, really - I enjoyed as a mum). There is a visitors centre with 2 cafes - one casual and another a beautiful, elegant restaurant. There are walking trails - some easy,...More

Thank M B
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is one of the most interesting initiatives I have seen with plantings of trees covering an old radiate pine plantation. The main building has a cafe, restaurant and gift shop: some displays and a display of Bonsai. Views over the city are outstanding. Must...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Such a lovely view on Canberra. The kids loved the playground and we watched people fly their kites and even kicked the footy around. Did a couple of the bush tracks here to.

Thank Christine A
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an amazing display of trees from around the world . The Pavillion is well worth a coffee, as the view is spectacular. You must visit the Bonsai exhibition in the Pavillion, it is incredible, with wonderful staff and volunteers to explain.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Guess you need to REALLY like trees and forests to appreciate what the Arboretum is. Great cafe and play equipment for the kids, easy parking and access, nice restaurant if you're happy to pay a bit more.

Thank Linda D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Picture mid-winter, 8 degrees and overcast skies, yet the car park was nearly full, the excellent cafe and visitor centre bursting with activity. With 280 degree views across ACT who wouldn't stop for a coffee! Interesting sculptures peppered around, so much for children to do...More

Thank Sue S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many new plantings of trees so will be incredible display when they mature. Landscape still appears very barren. Highlight of the visit was the Bonsai display. Fantastic display of creative artistic talent and well worth the visit. Low point was having to pay for parking...More

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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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