Who we are

The Friends of Aranda Bushland (FoAB) is a park care group interested in conserving and promoting their natural bushland environment, and adjoining bushland areas.

The Aranda Bushland is a 100 ha reserve of eucalypt forest and woodland on the southern slopes of Aranda Hill, the north side being the suburb Aranda. It adjoins Black Mountain Reserve to the east and The Pinnacle Nature Reserve to the west, and forms part of Canberra Nature Park, a network of urban open space reserves throughout the national capital.

Ian Falconer leading a walk through the Aranda bushland

You can view and download a detailed map and a brochure of the Aranda Bushland.

We have been active in the conservation of the Aranda Snow Gums Heritage Site, a frost-hollow below the Aranda Bushland, adjacent to William Hovell Drive, the only surviving Snow Gum patch within the city of Canberra.

Snowgums lost through accidental spray drift from spraying briars have been replaced with seedlings grown from local seed by local schools. FoAB members also undertake regular erosion control, weed control and monitoring activities.

Membership of the Friends of Aranda Bushland is free and open to anyone interested in conservation of our local bushland. Our constitution can be read here.

Annual Reports

For a summary of our activities for each year since 2005, please go to Annual Reports.

Monthly work parties

On the first Sunday of every month we have a work party, either in the Snow Gums or in the Aranda bushland. Activities vary according to the time of year.

Morning tea under the snow gums

In spring and summer our energies are concentrated on weeding – St John’s Wort, Paterson’s Curse, wild mustard, African Capeweed and others need to be controlled so that the native grassland species have the space to grow.

A typical morning tea

In autumn we switch to planting of native grasses and similar low-growing species. Winter is the time for repairing the walking tracks and controlling erosion in the gully.

Our next work party

Sunday 1st October, 9:00 am to noon

(Start of Daylight Saving)


Task: Removal of an unwanted fence between the bushland and the snowgums reserve. We will also be working on our home-made coir logs, and there is always plenty of weeding to do!

Our delicious morning tea will be served at 10:30 am, and after that we will do our twice-yearly step-point vegetation monitoring.

Meet: 9 am at the lower gate on Bindubi Street, as indicated by the arrow. We will be able to drive in to the fence site, or walk.

Wear/Bring: Wear sturdy shoes and bring a hat and gloves. Pliers and bolt-cutters would be welcome, but some will be provided.

For more information: Contact Jenny Andrews on 6251 2427 or at

Orchid Walk in Aranda Bushland

Sunday 15th October, 9:00 to 11:00 am

All are welcome to join us for a ramble through the Aranda Bushland, discovering the beautiful native orchids of the area.

Many of these orchids are tiny and hard to find, but we will have three very knowledgeable guides to lead us.

There is no need to book – if numbers are large, we will break into three separate groups.

Meet: 9 am under the powerlines halfway down Bindubi Street, as indicated by the arrow.

Wear/Bring: Wear sturdy shoes and bring a hat.

For more information: Contact Jenny Andrews on 6251 2427 or at


Walk and talk led by Wally Bell, Ngunnawal elder

Sunday 22nd October, 1:00 to 3:30 pm

The walk is aimed at providing cultural awareness training to men and women Parkcarers and Landcarers who care for areas along the ridges of Mt Painter and the Pinnacle; Aranda/O’Connor Ridge and Black Mountain; Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie; and Stirling Park, Capital Hill and Red Hill Ridge.

Location: This walk and talk will visit cultural sites in the areas in and around Glenloch Interchange, Bindubi Street and Mt Painter.

Meet: Black Mountain car park at the Glenloch Interchange, off William Hovel Drive/Caswell Drive, as indicated by the arrow.

RSVP essential: Josie Banens 0402 913 131 or josie.banens@molonglocatchment.org.au

Our Patch

Our Patch

Friends of Aranda Bushland Field Guide to the Flora of the Australian Capital Region as photographed in the Aranda Bushland (2nd ed, 2007). The guide contains 179 plant species, 302 colour photos, two maps and an index. It was put together by FoAB members with the help of the Botanical Gardens Herbarium staff and a grant from the Federal government. It’s a perfect size for carrying in pockets and backpacks, and provides an easy-to-use- aid to identifying the flora of the Aranda Bushland.

Our Patch is available from FoAB, but can also be obtained at the Botanical Bookshop, the Uni Co-op Bookshop and the Yarralumla Nursery.


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