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Our favourite public parks and gardens in Canberra

Top spots for a walk in the Bush Capital.

The way people connect with green spaces is important to our health and wellbeing. Parks provide inspiration by creating a connection to something bigger than ourselves (and our problems), they encourage community, can grow food and provide valuable places for recreation and fun. Especially in cities, parks are a vital part of everyday life.

Our nation’s capital is a wonderfully lush and green city with ample public parks, large nature reserves and sprawling national parks. Especially in autumn, the European trees change colour and drop their leaves while natives hold their own to spectacular effect. Here’s just a few of our favourite places to get out and amongst it in the city of gardens.

NGA Sculpture Garden

The National Gallery of Australia’s sculpture garden is an exciting and unique space that mixes world-class sculpture art with a variety of gardens and water features.

Royal National Botanic Gardens

With a variety of settings representing all of Australia, its easy to lose track of time in this national treasure.

Senate Gardens

A beautifully manicured garden where flowers abound, this spot harks back to the early days of nation building.

National Arboretum

A tribute to trees, a living gallery, this arboretum will only get better with time.

Canberra Nara Peace Park

A bit of a city secret, this meticulous Japanese garden is located on the edge of the parliamentary triangle and is named for Canberra’s sister city.

Parks and public gardens can provide inspiration for your own green space, so head on down to your local! Then find your nearest Greener Spaces Better Places-approved nursery and get plantin’.