Located on the other side of Black Mountain from Civic (Canberra’s CBD), the National Arboretum hosts a 250 hectare site which is home to over 44,000 trees and primarily functions as a tree conservation project – and is one of the largest in the world.

There are a number of picnic spots within the site which contain tables and chairs as well as electric barbeques. Along side this there are a substantial number of tracks for walking/cycling within the grounds of Arboretum that take you between the 94 different forests. The Himalayan Cedar and Cork Oak Forrests are each over 100 years old and provide perfect shade for summer’s picnic and an exceptional place for those wishes to practice their photographic skills.

Other parts of the Arboreturm worth visiting include the Dairy Farmer’s Hill lookout and the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection – and for the big kid in all of us, the Pod Playground which takes its inspiration from the acorn and banksia trees.