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NATIONAL BONSAI AND
PENJING COLLECTION OF AUSTRALIA
Tel: 02 6262 9219
or mob 0418 611 488
Bonsai and penjing, created by artists from around Australia, form the first
garden of the Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens.
This permanent display offers a mix of exotic and native trees displayed in a
purpose-built pavilion in the heart of Canberra.
• Imagine walking in a forest of Montezuma cypress along the Gulf of Mexico or
• sitting on a river's edge in Perth, lined with fresh water paperbark
• watch the seasons change as first colour comes to the deciduous trees and
then observe the fine tracery of their bare branches in Spring
Where: Located behind the Cottage near Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park Canberra.
Open: 7 days 10am 'till 3pm
Free Admission Parking at Regatta Point, Regatta Place, Canberra ACT
Mau Piailug of Satawal in the
Caroline Islands of Micronesia
is one of the great surviving traditional
navigators. At the age of five his father,
grandfather and uncle began to teach him
the skills needed to safely navigate boats
over thousands of miles of ocean.
He certainly wasn't taught to use a
compass and a chart, but instead, to read
the sky --- he learnt the names, positions
and paths of more than 170 stars, as well
as the surrounding islands, and prayers to
help guide the boat on its way.
Piailug was in a treasured position.
The skills were secret and were passed
down through navigation families when
a promising child (usually a boy) was
selected to learn the art.
Traditional navigators could detect
land more than 100 kilometres away,
would know every species of bird from
afar (their movements could predict land)
and were able to steer by the stars in the
night's sky and the swell of the ocean.
What is perhaps most amazing of all is
that this navigation technique is thought
to have been the way the Pacific Islands
This story is told in Vaka Moana,
currently being displayed at the
National Museum of Australia. The
exhibition documents one of the largest
Learn more about
an amazing story
of migration at
EXPLORATION: Hokule'a under sail on
its famous crossing from Hawaii to Tahiti
(computer generated image).
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