The Macquarie University Arboretum comprises all the trees and shrubs on campus. These trees, growing in natural and planted habitats, provide a valuable resource for teaching and research and a pleasing and relaxing environment for the enjoyment of staff, students and visitors to the University. The Arboretum also provides habitat for many native birds and animals.

Native Bushland at Macquarie University

The Arboretum website contains information on the following topics:


The campus was developed in the 1960s with extensive planting occurring during the 1970s and 1980s. Before the university was built, the area was developed as market gardens. Prior to European settlement in the mid 1850s the area was occupied by the Darug aboriginal people. Read more about the history or land use and development of the campus.


There are over 3,000 trees and woody shrubs across more than 300 species in the Arboretum. These trees and shrubs span a wide range of plant groups from both the northern and southern hemispheres, and include species from a range of forest types such as rainforest, open temperate forest and heathland. 

Learn more about tree groups and individual species

Special gardens

There are a number of gardens within the Macquarie University campus that have been developed in conjunction with the curriculum, to assist with undergraduate teaching. These gardens are also enjoyable to places to relax and have break.


There are a range of different walks around the arboretum. You can book a guided tour or download the notes for a series of self-guided walks.

Native plants and animals

Macquarie University is located in North Ryde on soils of a mix of Sydney Sandstone and Wiannamatta Shale. Find out more about the plants and animals native to this area.

Education resources and research

In addition to self-guided walks and individual tree information, this website contains education resources for secondary schools and information on displays found inside the buildings.

Researchers use the campus as an outdoor laboratory. Two research plots have been established in the past 5 years.

Contact details

Samantha Newton
Arboretum Project Coordinator
Ph: 02 9850 8170
Send an email

The Arboretum covers the whole Macquarie University North Ryde campus and is accessible all year round.
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