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National Arboretum
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Lockers / storage
Reviewed August 9, 2017

The big trees are still small, but they are already looking great especially in spring and autumn. The hidden treasure is the wonderful display of bonsai trees located in the main centre building. The centre overlooks the new young forests and beyond to the lake and Canberra. Behind the centre is one of the best playgrounds that will thrill your younger children

Thank Bruce H
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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately the day we decided to visit the National Arboretum it was cold & drizzley. Regardless we had a great couple of hours exploring the grounds, the amazing bonsai display & drinking hot chocolates in the gorgeous main building. They also have a really fabulous playground. Love the idea of creating a place for all people to enjoy the outdoors & a real symbol of healing for Canberra after all this land was burnt out pine forest in the terrible bushfires that swept through the city several years ago. Wish the weather was a bit more obliging but we still had a great time.

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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

Took ourselves to Dairyman's Hill at the top of the Arboretum and walked the top circuit on a chilly bright day, and got an unexpected insight into west-facing Canberra. The path, maybe 3 -4k, is clear and easy to traverse, and surprising. The Brindabellas, always intense blue (though by now, after a v cold August bast) probably sporting a white beret), were superb, and one could see the workings of the Arboretum. Huge mounds of soil, water tanks, in the pit below. Impressive. The new development at Molonglo is also visible. Don't you love the systematic suburb-building in ACT. One at a time, please, and let's not disrupt the lives of anyone while we do it! We walked through the earliest new forest of eucalyptus and that was magic. Also numbers of pines and palms, dry climate plantings. Very clever plantings, the palms facing directly into the west which has to be punishing in summer with wind and sun exposure, but in winter they were doing well, too. The view from the top towards the city is stunning, but more familiar than the one to the west. Well worthwhile for a bracing short walk, and full of the pleasures of birds, exotic and familiar trees and wonder at the imagination of Burley-Griffin, master-architect, and landscapist, whose Arboretum was part of the original plan but not begun to be realised until the devastating pine plantation fires of 2002.

Thank Frances D
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

It was a cold, windy afternoon and a drive around the arboretum seemed a nice thing to do. The cafe and shop area are lovely but the real winner here is the Bonsai collection. Just beautiful.

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

It was so good to see new trees being planted after the devastating fires of 2003. The view from the cafe is fantastic (and the food is good, too!) I liked the bird's nest sculpture on the top of the hill. Interesting collection of bonsai trees, too.

Thank Di S
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