National Arboretum Canberra

(24 reviews)
Forrest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek, Australian Capital Territory  View Map
Business Hours
7 days by Appointment
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With an abundance of natural light and sweeping views across iconic Canberra places, the venues at the National Arboretum Canberra are world class.

The National Arboretum has selective romantic settings and many great locations for photography, with dynamic backdrops for these precious records of your special day.

The Margaret Whitlam Pavilion is a spectacular, architecturally-designed venue. You will be wowed by the vistas through floor-to-ceiling glass as you step out onto a private balcony.

Perfect for small wedding ceremonies, the Pavilion conveys intimacy while offering the comfort and efficiency of modern features. The stylish design with arching walls, subtle lighting, a steeple roof and grand polished wooden front doors sets the scene for the beauty of your ceremony.

Our unique chapel is non-denominational, providing for your choice of civil celebrant or minister of religion. This venue has a seating capacity of 80 or standing space for 120 guests.

The Village Centre
At the heart of the Arboretum is the Village Centre, featuring soaring high ceilings inspired by the fronds of the adjoining Chilean wine palm forest. The Village Centre is filled with natural light from windows and glass doors that provide uninterrupted panoramic views of Lake Burley Griffin and Canberra.

With an abundance of natural light and sweeping views across some of Canberra’s most recognisable viewing points, the venues at the National Arboretum Canberra are purely majestic.

Our experienced wedding team at Ginger Catering are dedicated to ensuring that you and your partner are looked after through the entire coordination process.



Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 100 / Max 500

Price per head

Low $120 / High $ 200


Indoors & Outdoors

Ceremony Guests

Min 10 / Max 120

Time restrictions

12:00 AM

In-house catering


3rd party catering


Event time included

5.00 hours

Music must end by

12:00 AM


(24 reviews)
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1 Nov 2018

The guys at the Arboretum were very helpful. Responded to enquiries no matter how trivial and were professional all throughout.

17 Mar 2018

Such a stunning venue, I can't imagine wanting my wedding to be anywhere else. The Arboretum has a lot of information to fill out, but it is worth the work. I dealt with Kathleen and she is really approachable. I emailed her dozens of questions while I was preparing and she always got back to me quickly. It was beautiful on the day, all of the catering ran smoothly (AND WAS DELICIOUS), and the staff were really professional. I am absolutely satisfied that I had the best venue in Canberra. The only thing that annoyed me was that they tried to get me to pay to extend my drinks package earlier, and to pay $5 per person for coffee. I chose not to pay for these, and then they included them for free. They presented it like a gift, but it made me question if I had paid for other items that I would have gotten for free.

National Arboretum Canberra  

Hi Rebecca, thanks so much for such a lovely and detailed review.

31 Mar 2017

We had our ceremony at the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion and our reception in the Village Centre. Service, food and views were all fantastic! Kathleen from Ginger Catering went above and beyond to help us plan our dream wedding!

National Arboretum Canberra  

Hi Hannah, we are glad you had a wonderful day!

12 Mar 2022

Beautiful location! Maria and her staff made sure our day ran smoothly. Food is yummy, great selection of drinks and all very reasonably priced!

14 May 2021

Very profession and fun staff, They made the day run super smoothly. The food and drinks were delicious. The catered to a request vegetarian menu ( non of the guests realised until we told them). Maria, made sure the day run smoothy. We didn't need to worry about anything on the day, just fantastic.,

13 Mar 2021

Dairy Farmers Hill Lookout was our chosen ceremony venue and we couldn't have picked a better place. Beautiful view, shade, easy to access, comfortable and most of all romantic and welcoming. Josua & Elena

31 Jan 2020

Perfect location

27 Apr 2019

It was a beautiful place, very scenic. There was a lot of paperwork, but everything was worth it, and it was pretty easy to do! We had a morning ceremony here, it was really lovely overall!

22 Sep 2017

A little more our rehearsal the guy didn't even introduce himself so we kind of had to figure it all out ourselves. But it was a beautiful venue and not TOO expensive.

18 Mar 2017

Our venue was amazing, they went above and beyond. Catiline helped us customise the package to what we wanted. The pricing and food were great.

3 Mar 2017

National Arboretum were great to deal with in the lead up. It was such a beautiful setting for our ceremony.

National Arboretum Canberra  

Thank you Nicole!

26 Mar 2016

They were excellent. Everything was done was how it should have been. The attendant that we had was really friendly.

18 Mar 2016

Amazing wedding venue!

18 Mar 2016

Ginger Catering did a great job on the lead up to and on the night, everyone was so happy with the food, and everything went so smoothly.

31 Jul 2015

The Margaret Whitlam Pavilion is such a magical place! Stunning backdrop of Canberra and the lake and gorgeous architecture. When we were doing the rehearsal, there was even a parrot singing along on the balcony. The staff were all incredibly accommodating on the day and we had the best time!


Forrest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek, Australian Capital Territory

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