Enjoy An Afternoon at The Arboretum

Arrive early for the concert and enjoy all that the Arboretum has to offer set against a beautiful backdrop of panoramic city, lake and forest views.

Enjoy a family day out and experience a feast of activities including music in the spectacular Village Centre; or visit the fascinating Bonsai and Penjing Collection or take a guided walk with the Friends of the Arboretum to points of interests and forests or walk to the STEP garden to view a myriad of Australian plantings. Once the concert starts, there’s the creative and much-loved children’s program in the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion. Ginger Catering will transform the Discovery Garden into an open-air café where you will be tantalised by the smells of the BBQs, food stalls and hamper selections.

Local wines, beer and soft drinks will also be available. Ice creams and popcorn will also be on sale for a tasty snack. Pre-order, buy or bring your own picnic hamper and enjoy a leisurely afternoon of views and relaxation in a festive atmosphere. For lovers of a spot of shopping, you can shop at the Curatoreum Gift and Bookshop for quality gifts or interesting titles for you or family and friends for Christmas. As evening falls, enjoy the Arboretum under lights, a rare chance to experience the unique panoramic views at dusk overlooking the capital.


Canberra’s operatic spectacular, Voices in the Forest, will return for its sixth concert at the National Arboretum Canberra…

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