Ngala Tours at the National Arboretum Canberra

Cultural and Theme Tours

Ngala Tours – A new way to explore the Arboretum!

Discover the National Arboretum Canberra as you take a forty-minute guided bus ‘Discovery Tour’ around the Arboretum, or join our Indigenous Visitor Services Officer for one of our immersive cultural tours.

Ngala means ‘Any tree’ in the local Ngunnawal language.

Ngala Tours are proudly sponsored by the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra.

Facilities

Service Types

Cultural and Theme Tours Nature and wildlife Sightseeing Tours Walking and Biking Tours Free Wifi

Fitness

Basic

Accreditation

ATEC COVID Ready/ WTTC Safe Travels Stamp COVID Safe

Services

From $5 to $50

Take a 40 minute guided bus tour with our friendly guides and learn the stories of the forests and enjoy two viewing stops with spectacular photo opportunities.

Wed – Sun (& Public holidays)

Departs: 1.30pm

Bookings:
Book up to two weeks in advance online at Sticky Tickets or at the Information Desk in the Village Centre.

Bookings close 50min prior to departure.

Suitable for all ages.

*Babies 12 months and under travel free on laps.

Book a private family tour for up to eight people* or join a public tour.

*Cost for sole use private family tour can take from one to eight people at the same flat rate.

Terms and Conditions

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

$60

Join our Indigenous Visitor Services Officer for a guided walk and yarn around the Arboretum’s Bush Tucker Garden and Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park where you will see native plants that are used for medicinal, culinary and Cultural use. This walk will bring the landscape to life allowing you to gain a deeper respect for Aboriginal Traditions and Culture.

Be guided on the use of stones axes, coolamons, skins and clapsticks with a hands on artefact display and participate in traditional ochre use. Hear why Caring for Country is vital and continues to play a significant role in Culture today.

Included in the tour is a Ngala Tours cotton drawstring Dilly Bag that contains samples of food such as mountain pepper flatbread, using flavours and ingredients from the Australian bush.

These immersive and enjoyable tours are a relaxing way to learn about Aboriginal Culture in a beautiful bush setting.

Ngala Tours are brought to you by the National Arboretum Canberra with the support of the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

$125

Join artist Gail Neuss, Ngarigu Country (Snowy Monaro), Indigenous Visitor Services Officer at the National Arboretum Canberra to explore the storytelling and symbols used in Indigenous Australian Art.

Using the National Arboretum Canberra landscape and your own story as inspiration, create your own artwork on canvas using charcoal, ochre and acrylics.

Learn about the many uses of naturally occurring ochre, charcoal and plant dye in traditional painting, ceremony and communication, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of Australian Aboriginal culture and art.

All art materials and tools are provided including, canvas, paints, brushes, ochre, charcoal and acrylic paints.

You will also receive a Ngala Tours cotton draw string dilly bag containing 600ml water & bush tucker samples to enjoy.

Part workshop, part storytelling, find out the artist’s journey and inspiration behind her artwork and see cultural artefacts on display. Gail is a member of the Indigenous art code and has held exhibitions across Australia.

Ngala Tours are brought to you by the National Arboretum Canberra with the support of the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

$70

Join our Indigenous Visitor Services Officer for a tour that combines the cultural and scenic sites within the National Arboretum Canberra and also includes visiting the only Aboriginal owned Art Gallery in Canberra.

The tour starts with a guided walk of the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park and the Bush Tucker Garden. Learn about local native plants used for medicinal, culinary, and cultural uses. Learn how Aboriginal Australians relied on bush plants for food, trade, shelter, ceremony and warmth and used landmarks and landscape for survival. Hear why caring for country is vital and plays a continual significant role in culture today.

Board the bus and visit our neighbour, the Burrunju Aboriginal Art Gallery which features artworks, artefacts and jewellery. Burrunju Aboriginal Corporation was established in 2006 to provide local Aboriginal people with an opportunity to realise their dream of self-determination by providing an avenue to sell art.

You will receive a Ngala Tours Dilly Bag which includes snacks infused with flavours inspired by the Australian bush.

Ngala Tours are brought to you by the National Arboretum Canberra with the support of the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

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