National Arboretum Canberra, Weston

4.4
#2 of 39 in Parks in Canberra
National Arboretum Canberra is home to Himalayan Cedars, Radiata Pines, and other threatened and rare trees from around the world. Meander through the forest where more than 48,000 trees grow. Navigate through 250 hectares (620 acres) of landscaped gardens including picnic spots, playgrounds, and public art. Be sure to stop at the bonsai garden. From National Arboretum Canberra, you can enjoy stunning views of Canberra and Lake Burley Griffin. With our custom trip planner, Canberra attractions like National Arboretum Canberra can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Whilst it was worth driving around looking at the various trees, it will be better when they have grown up. The food in the cafe leaves much to be desired. The coffee and the quiche (although very tas...  more »
  • My husband and I absolutely LOVE the Arboretum! It's honestly unlike anywhere else in the world - its rolling hills of trees, beautiful walks, incredible sculptures and spectacular vistas of Canberra....  more »
  • In all my travels I have not come across anything like this. A living museum of trees. Spend some time looking at the different species, or just wandering around this beautiful park. Some great views ...  more »
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  • A fun day out for people of all ages. A great playground for kids amongst beautiful views of the hills and growing trees. Cafe offers great food but at high prices. Heaps of activities to choose from: take a guided tour or venture off on your own. Explore the feature garden or walk amongst 100+ year old oaks. Visit the gift shop for a fancy present for someone you love.
  • Large open space covering a number of hills planted with a large variety of trees. The large building at the top holds gift shop and restaurant and is surprisingly calm even when crowded. Beautiful bonsai exhibition next to the building. A number of differently themed gardens scattered about. Very good views of rolling landscapes and large parts of lake Burley Griffin) from various vantage points. Very flat/accessible to wheelchairs or poor walkers for large parts, but definitely not all parts. The plants and trees will need years to mature, but already a great sight to see. No entrance fees, except for metered parking to fund maintenance.
  • Seeming it's still in its early stages of development, I'm putting it as 4 out of 5 for now, but the site has a lot of potential once it is grown and would be happy to put it up to 5, once the unique site fully grows! Otherwise facilities and buildings are well made, nice and easy to go through. Playground has a really interesting and unique design. Well worth a visit overall
  • Beautiful every time we visit. Lovely buildings, amazing trees, superbly maintained grounds and facilities, one of the coolest kids' playgrounds in town, and lovely restaurant which also does great events such as the corporate functions and fundraisers we have attended there. Paid parking but funds go to keeping everything so nice so I don't mind.
  • At last a welcoming Visitors Centre with much to see and do. For instance a large display of bonsai plants under the watchful eyes of staff to protect against visitors touching the plants, great views of Canberra and the surrounding hills and a good Cafe to sooth hunger. A more expensive restaurant is onsite too. As usual expect to pay for short term parking to visit the Visitors Centre which funds the upkeep of the overall site. Amazing all round.

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