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“A hidden gem and a must see”
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National Arboretum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Weston
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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: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my second visit to this attraction. The views are amazing, there is a children’s playground and coffee shop. The bonsai exhibit is worth a look. It is being developed in an area that was devastated by bushfires and is a work in progress.

Thank Julie B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Playground and facilities great however coffee and food not. Coffee worst i have had in canberra. There is a parking cost of $2 an hour whilst you are there. Entry to site though is free.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

amazing place to visit, for all ages. love coming here any time of the day... from sunrise to sunset. Beautiful view of Canberra, good for walking/trail and cycling. family friendly with fantastic playground - kids would love. One of my favourite spot. Highly recommended if your visiting Canberra.

Thank EhdLhou A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This playground is at the top of a hill with amazing views. It is fenced. Has toilets. Has really unique play equipment. It suits littlies up to early teens. Parking is available but depending on the day and time may need to be paid.

Thank caz0409
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must see,especially the Bonsai exhibition. Beautiful views,gardens and unusual sculptures. Excellent cafe on site.

Thank CEC939
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