In June 2021 the NRG signed an agreement with the ACT Government to relocate the NRG to a new site within the National Arboretum Canberra.
The National Arboretum Canberra is a mosaic of living forests and gardens offering breathtaking views, unique experiences, and a world-class entertainment and events hub including the award-winning Margaret Whitlam Pavilion and the popular Village Centre.
With over 44,000 rare and endangered trees across a 250-hectare site, the National Arboretum Canberra is a place of beauty, conservation, science research, education, tourism and recreation.
The partnership between these two national organisations—the National Arboretum Canberra and the National Rock Garden—will build on the natural synergies between geology and biology, and provide an important link for increased visitor engagement. Diversifying storylines of geology and flora will help visitors to better understand that trees, soil, water and rocks are all essential and inter-dependent elements of the living world.
Forest 13, the new NRG site, is about one hectare in area and is located on Forest Drive (the main access road into the National Arboretum Canberra), just 100 metres north of the Village Centre and carparks. To complement the NRG display of large iconic rocks from around Australia, Weeping Wilga (Geijera parviflora) trees will be planted in an Indigenous Australian pattern in Forest 13.
The National Arboretum Canberra attracts around 700,000 visitors annually, including more than 30,000 school students in facilitated programs. To learn more, please visit their website.