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Himalayan Cedar Forest BBQ Area

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by Sue W (subscribe)
New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published August 4th 2015
Have a BBQ amongst the trees at the National Arboretum
When we have friends come to visit Canberra, one of the first places I take them to is the National Arboretum. It has sweeping views over Canberra, the impressive Pod Playground, a family friendly café overlooking the city, interesting exhibits to read and sculptures to admire. With the National Arboretum planting 94 forests of endangered and threatened species of trees, the whole area is a highlight for tourists and locals alike.

As you drive up the windy road to take you to the top, ensure you turn right at the "Himalayan Cedar Forest" turnoff to visit one of the most scenic BBQ areas in Canberra. The Himalayan Cedar forest is situated at the top of this hill with a barked path down through the trees to this decked BBQ area.



National Arboretum Himalayan Cedar BBQ area, Canberra
Two well-maintained BBQ's.


With two well-maintained free BBQs and beautiful decking used on the tables and benches, it is a comfortable and clean area for a BBQ. Perfect in Summer for the shade, it also looks out to Telstra Tower on the next hill and down to Lake Burley Griffin. There is a platform to enjoy the view or just settle in at the BBQ area to enjoy the scenery.

View from National Arboretum BBQ area, Canberra
View from the platform


This hidden BBQ area and platform is also accessible by bus if you don't have a car, with a bus stop just at the top of the path. See the Transport information on the Arboretum's website.

There is an automated, clean toilet nearby.



Seating near the carpark area to enjoy the view.





As well as shade under the forest canopy to cool off in Summer.



I visited in Winter, so the area was nearly under full shade, however in Summer there is part sun at certain times of the day.

Himalayan Cedar picnic area, Canberra
Source: National Arboretum website


Whilst visiting the National Arboretum, make sure you take advantage of every aspect of this interesting location including the Himalayan Cedar BBQ area. The Arboretum asks that you and your guests refrain from smoking and take all your rubbish with you. The area is also wheel-chair accessible down a graded path.

With such a beautiful BBQ area so close to the city, it will be on our families list of places to enjoy this Summer.

National Arboretum
Will this be your table this weekend?
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Why? A peaceful BBQ area set amongst the forest
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: 13 22 81
Where: Forest Drive, Canberra City ACT 2601
Cost: Free
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