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.

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.

Ian Falconer leading a walk through the Aranda bushland
Ian Falconer leading a walk through the Aranda bushland

You can view and download a contour map, a map of place names 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.


Our constitution can be read here.


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

Monthly work parties

Morning tea under the snow gums
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.

Working in the grassland
Working in the grassland

October Picnic 

Sunday 17th October

Time 8:30 am to 11:30 am

Morning tea will be at 10:00 am. In view of the COVID situation, bring your own refreshments, although there will also be some food and drink available.

The exercise program for the morning will be digging, dabbing and spraying rosettes of Paterson’s Curse and St John’s Wort.

Another activity will be putting the finishing touches on the coir log structures by adding more stakes and tie-wire.

Meet: 8:30 am at the “Environmental Work in Progress” sign on William Hovell Drive eastbound, near the stile, as indicated by the arrow on the map.

Wear/Bring: Wear strong shoes and bring water, a hat and gloves. Tools will be available, but bring your own if you like.

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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