Ngala Bus Tours begin!

Take a guided bus tour with our friendly guides and learn the stories of the forests and enjoy two viewing stops with spectacular photo opportunities. Bus tours depart 5 days a week: Wednesday - Sunday at 1.30pm.


Friends Photography Group - NEW

Do you love going to the Arboretum? Are you handy with a camera? The Friends would like to set up a Photographic Group - there are so many visually beautiful things to be seen and found at the Arboretum. Many of these photographic images are worthy of sharing with others, being used as attractive Friends' calendar photos or as part of an archive featuring regular photographs from fixed locations through the seasons as part of historical record-keeping. There is a Citizen Science strand in this too.


Interesting articles from FACTT (all 11)

Our thanks again to the Friends of ACT Trees (FACTT) and especially to Steve Thomas who wrote these fascinating insights into trees, most of which are growing in the Arboretum. See below for the index to these articles, which feature: #1 - Casuarinas #2 - Casuarinas - more #3 - Casuarinas - local #4 - Allocasuarinas #5 - Cypress pines #6 - Exocarpos #7 - Root-soil interactions #8 - Araucarias #9 - Nothofagus (beech) #10 - Taxonomists #11 - Podocarpus Thanks again, Steve!


Welcome to the Nulla Bus!

On 4 August, a Smoking Ceremony was held to welcome the Nulla Tour Bus to the Arboretum. Afterwards the Chief Minister (whose Directorate oversees the Arboretum) enjoyed his first trip in the bus, with guide par excellence, Scott Saddler, Executive Branch Manager.


Nulla Tour Bus is here!

Nulla Bus

Thanks to your support as a Friend of the National Arboretum Canberra, the Nulla Tour Bus has arrived on site - don't the silver birches make a nice backdrop! As an ongoing donation, Friends have sponsored the lease of this wonderful new addition to the Arboretum and also for the brilliantly-designed 'wrapping' which is so colourful. See the image below.


Forest Walks resume!

Want to walk amongst the trees and hear some of their stories? Come and venture into some Forests with a volunteer guide to see and hear more about the trees and features of the Arboretum. The walking location and topic are dependent on weather and season. Duration one hour on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays. See below for more details.


Letter from the Chief Minister

We get letters ... We received today a letter from the Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA. Although it is addressed to the Chair of the Friends, we are asked to make it available to all Friends. For your perusal!


Black Mountain - a new publication

Black Mountain: a natural history of a Canberra icon, written by Ian Fraser and Rosemary Purdie with Friends of Black Mountain is a new publication to celebrate 50 years since Black Mountain became a conservation reserve. Pre-order now and get $10 off the Recommended Retail Price!


Friends' AGM 2020 - Chair's Report

The Friends' AGM was held today, 30 June 2020. Thank you to all who attended. The Agenda, draft minutes of the 2019 AGM, audited Financial Statements for 2019 and Treasurer's Report are available elsewhere on the website. Here is the Chair's Report for the 2019 year and beyond.


Scott Saddler AM

Friends congratulate Scott Saddler AM, Senior Director, National Arboretum Canberra, for his award of Member of the Order of Australia, specifically for significant service to public administration, and as a supporter and mentor of Indigenous youth. A very well deserved honour!


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