Australian National Botanic Gardens

Escape on a secluded bushland walk just minutes from the city with spectacular views to Lake Burley Griffin and Parliament House.

You’re guaranteed to spot some of the rare plants, birds and wildlife found on Black Mountain.

A more challenging walk through the bushland precinct of the Gardens, the Bushland Nature Walk is part of the natural Black Mountain environment.

From the Visitor Centre, the walk passes through the most diverse nature reserve in Canberra, with more than 650 species of plants, including more than 60 orchids.

Interpretive signage along the trail provides stories on the plants and wildlife of Black Mountain.

A viewing platform at the end of the track provides magnificent views across Lake Burley Griffin and Parliament House.

There’s no shortage of things to discover on the Bushland Nature Walk.

Download the Bushland Nature Walk map or pick up a copy from the Visitor Centre to get started.

The Bushland Nature Walk was constructed with assistance from the ACT Government under the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program.

Site accessibility

  • Cross icon Not wheelchair accessible

Type of walk

Return track

Walk grade

Easy to moderate

Walk distance

3 km

Time required

1 hour 20 minutes