The National Arboretum

The National Arboretum Canberra is an interesting collection of living trees for scientific, conservation, education and research purposes, created after the area was burnt out from the 2001 and 2003 bushfires.

The Arboretum covers a huge 250 hectares and is home to 44,000 trees (104 species) that are rare, endangered and symbolic from Australia and around the world.

Most of the plantings are reasonably recent and will take several years, even decades to grow to a decent size, but the visionary nature of the Arboretum is immediately evident.

I recommend a walk through the Himalayan Ceder forest (pictured) where you can only hear the sound of silence. It’s so very peaceful and tranquil, you’ll want to go back and stay for longer.

“The best friend on Earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically we have one of the greatest resources of the earth.” Frank Lloyd Wright

Himalayan Ceder Forest
Himalayan Ceder
Himalayan Ceder


From little things big things grow
Playground equipment with the Telstra Tower in the background

Visitor centre, café and gift shop