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 provides habitat for many native birds and animals.

Native Bushland at Macquarie University

The Arboretum website contains information on the following topics:


Launched in 2010, the Arboretum commemorates hundreds of years of botanical land use; from occupation by the Darug people, through development of market gardens, to the present day park-like landscape of the University campus.

The Arboretum celebrates the past and builds on the core research and education priorities of Macquarie University through areas of native vegetation, tree landscapes, and themed teaching gardens.

The aims of the arboretum are to:

  • provide a resource to enhance learning
  • provide a positive and enjoyable environment on campus
  • protect endangered ecological communities
  • enhance biodiversity on campus
  • promote the university as prestigious and progressive to the community.

Read more about the history of 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.

Frank Mercer Biological Sciences Garden

Jim Rose Earth Sciences Garden

Bush Tucker Garden


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.

Campus Loop

Botanical Vampires

Campus History

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 a living laboratory.

Upcoming Events

University bioQuest

The University bioQuest is an international competition against other universities to record sightings of native plants and animals. It is held every year during April.

BioQuesting with QuestaGame will empower you to experience, learn about, and protect the diversity of life on Earth. You'll be taken on an adventure into nature, where you'll see the life around you in a whole new light.

In 2018 the Macquarie University Team won the Champion Identifiers Trophy and came 5th in the Spotters list!

University bioQuest April 2018

For the 2019 University bioQuest, the Macquarie University team took out 2nd place for identification and 3rd place for spotting. Jenny Donald placed third on the individual tally for both spotting and identifying. Congratulations to Jenny Donald and all who participated in the Macquarie University team.

See the media release for more highlights

We've improved on last year, let's hope next year is even better. Mark April for BioQuest in your 2020 calendar now!!

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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Content owner: Macquarie University Property Last updated: 25 Nov 2020 9:54am

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