Australian National Botanic Gardens

Australian National Botanic Gardens extended temporary closure

The Australian National Botanic Gardens will be temporarily closed to visitors until 18 June 2020.

Our Gardens are treasured by locals and visitors alike, and we understand many people would have been looking forward to visiting, however the health and wellbeing of our staff, visitors and local communities is our utmost priority. We all have a role to play in minimising the risk of COVID-19.

Our thoughts are with the community during this difficult time and we encourage social interaction with the Gardens via our website and social media platforms. Please join our online community via Facebook and Instagram as we’ll continue to share stories and provide updates as they come to hand. We also encourage everyone to share stories, special memories and photographs of the Gardens through these platforms.

We will continue to care for our precious living collections and seed collections during the temporary closure.

We look forward to seeing you again in our beautiful Gardens in the future.

Celebrate with us as we get set for a big 50th birthday year with a range of events, exhibitions and announcements throughout 2020.

Join the fun from January to December through a wealth of activities showcasing this important national institution in the heart of Canberra during our golden anniversary, with more than two dozen events, activities and exhibitions featuring music, cinema, light shows, food, wildlife and art.

The Gardens supports a living collection of more than 70,000 plants. The collection features over 6,000 species and represents nearly one-third of Australia’s known native plants.

The Australian National Botanic Gardens was officially opened in October 1970 by Prime Minister John Gorton, known at the time as the Canberra Botanic Gardens.

In that same year a misting system was installed in a dry gully at the foot of Black Mountain to artificially increase humidity. This allowed for the establishment of one of the Gardens major attractions, the magnificent Rainforest Gully.

The 50th anniversary program kicks off with Summer Sounds 2020 in January featuring live music for the whole family on the Eucalypt Lawn.

This is the start of a huge program of events that includes Luminous botanicus V: Seeds, the Banksia Festival, The Garden Party, Seeds in the Bank, the Paradise Lost and the 50th Anniversary exhibitions, along with a special musical composition for the Canberra International Music Festival Concert commissioned by the Gardens.

For mor information about the events visit our What’s on page or download the program.