Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens is open and welcomes visitors from 8.30 am to 5 pm every day of the year (except 25 December).

Visitors will need to comply with the COVID-19 safety measures that remain in place across the ACT. Read more.

Enjoy panoramic views over Canberra on this hike to the iconic Black Mountain Tower.

Through the beautiful gardens and up the steep slopes of Black Mountain’s natural bushland, this walk is guaranteed to take your breath away. Look out for shining bronze-cuckoos, superb fairywrens, cockatoos and parrots.

Many orchids are revealed during spring.

Download the walk map or pick up a copy from the Visitor Centre to get started.

Site accessibility

  • Cross icon Not wheelchair accessible

Type of walk

Return track

Walk grade


Walk distance

5.4 km

Time required

2 hours