National Arboretum attracts 200,000 visitors

Released 02/07/2013

The National Arboretum Canberra has received its 200,000th visitor since its opening in February.

"The Arboretum has been a huge success since its opening. Over 40,000 visitors walk through the door of the spectacular Village Centre each month," said Jason Brown, General Manager, National Arboretum Canberra.

"We have had visitors from all over the world, ranging from Sydney to as far away as France and Brazil. We hope these people will share their experience with others upon their return home.

"There are many things for people to experience at the Arboretum whether they be enjoying the panoramic views of the city, learning about the forests in the Village Centre's interactive displays, enjoying the new Pod playground, taking a walk along the guided trails, getting tips on what plants to grow from ACTEW Water's Discovery Garden or visiting the miniature forest of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection.

"With the onset of winter, the Village Centre is the ideal place to warm up with a great selection of hot beverages and food to savor from the Sprout café while enjoying the panoramic views over Canberra.

"In addition to the Sprout café, the Conservatory Restaurant is now open offering a new dining experience, with breakfast available on weekends from 7 am and lunch every day of the week from 12 noon to 2 pm.

"Another popular way to explore the Arboretum has been through tours run by the enthusiastic volunteer group, the Friends of the National Arboretum. Visitors can attain a free map and hire a sound pen for $10 to get an interactive perspective of the Arboretum."

The Arboretum is open seven days a week every day of the year except for Christmas Day. With the end of daylight savings, please note that the Arboretum grounds are now open from 7 am to 5.30 pm daily, and the Village Centre from 9 am to 4 pm daily.For more information on the National Arboretum phone Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

Mr Brown said that the 200,000th visitor received a special prize including a lunch for two in the Conservatory Restaurant prepared by Ginger Catering.

"It is the visitor's that help make the Arboretum such a great place, so this was an opportunity to say thank you. If you haven't made it out to the Arboretum yet, I encourage you to go along and have a look," Mr Brown concluded.

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