Who we are

The Friends of Aranda Bushland (FoAB) is a park care group established to enhance the natural ambience and ecology of the Aranda Bushland. Friends of Aranda Bushland is an organisation incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 (ACT)

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 Mount Painter Nature Reserve to the west, and forms part of Canberra Nature Park, a network of urban open space reserves throughout the national capital.

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. This is the only surviving Snow Gum patch within the city of Canberra.

A guided orchid walk in the forest
A guided orchid walk in the forest

FoAB members undertake regular erosion control, weed control and monitoring activities, and also conduct guided walks in spring, concentrating on the many indigenous orchid species.

Maps of the Aranda Bushland

You can view and download three different maps of the Aranda Bushland:

When reporting things such as fallen trees, tracks that need repair or an interesting sighting, please use either GPS co-ordinates or the correct place or track name as in the above maps.

We have also produced a brochure of the Aranda Bushland.


Membership is free and open to anyone interested in the conservation of our local bushland. Members receive emails about monthly work parties and other activities. If you would like to join, please go to our Membership page.


Our constitution can be read here.

Monthly work parties

Morning tea under the snow gums

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.

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
A typical work party morning tea

In autumn we switch to the 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 annual joint work party with Friends of Mt Painter

will be on Sunday, 21st of July at

Mt Painter from 9:30 am to 12:30

Tasks: Weeding along the beautiful new summit track.

Meet: At the Booth Crescent entrance to the reserve between houses no. 20 and no. 22, as indicated by the arrow on the map.

Please park on Booth Crescent, not in the laneway.

Wear: Sturdy footwear, hat, long-sleeved shirt, and long pants.

Bring: Drinking water, some food to share at morning tea and a mug. Coffee, tea, juice and equipment will be provided.

For more information: Contact Jenny on 0404 786 355.

Our next regular monthly work party

Sunday 4th August, 9:00 to noon

Details will be posted here on the Wednesday before the work party and in our Work Party email

If you would like to receive our monthly work party notices, please go to our Membership page
For more information, contact Jenny on 0404 786 355

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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