When driving up to the National Arboretum, I have always parked in the car park outside and then returned down the hill the way I came. I don't know why I haven't continued along the road to see what was around the bend....but when I did, I was more than impressed.
After driving past forests of endangered trees you find yourself driving up Dairy Farmers Hill - where you see this striking sight perched on the top.
Nest III, by Richard Moffatt (2007). The sculpture is made from found objects, mostly old farming machinery. Source: National Arboretum website.
There is a small car park and then it is a short walk, past the sculpture, up to the Lookout. With 360 degree views of Canberra and beyond, it provides a unique perspective of Canberra compared to other Canberra Lookouts.
With a long wooden bench and seating, you can settle in for awhile and appreciate the view.
There is so much to do at the National Arboretum including walking the trails, visiting the main building, having a coffee with a view at the Café, taking a guided walk and the kids can play in the popular Pod Playground.
Whilst enjoying these activities, be sure to keep driving up the hill above the Arboretum building to enjoy the views from the top of Dairy Farmer Hill. They are views sure to impress...
Looking down to the shining roof of the National Arboretum and across to Telstra Tower.
When:The Arboretum grounds and Pod Playground are open from 6 am to 8:30 pm seven days a week during Daylight Savings Time and from 7 am to 5:30 pm seven days a week during Eastern Standard Time (Non-daylight Savings Time).
Phone:Different phone numbers depending on the enquiry:http://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/files/contact