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.

There’s always something new and exciting to see and do at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Our calendar of events is changing all the time. Check out the list of current and upcoming events below.

MEGAfauna afterDARK

MEGAFauna afterDARK

2 (sold out), 3, 7, 8 & 9 July; 5.30 pm–8.30 pm — Throughout the Gardens

Experience a night like no other in this immersive, illuminated and cultural event.

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MEGAfauna: myths and legends!

MEGAfauna: myths and legends!

1 July – 31 July ; 8.30 am – 5.00 pm — Special trail through the Gardens

Step back in time on this family adventure trail to meet the enormous creatures that inspired myths and legends, art and culture.

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Diprotodon sculpture at the Gardens

Diprotodon Insights at the Diprotodon MEGAfauna sculpture

6, 7, 13, 14, 21 & 28 July; 10.30 am & 11.15 am — Meet at the Diprotodon sculpture on the Eucalypt Lawn

Join children's author Bronwyn Saunders for a 20 minute talk on the MEGAfauna trail to hear about Diprotodon, the largest marsupial to ever have lived.

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Bush animal weaving

Culture on the Move – Bush Animal Weaving Workshops

Sunday 10 July and Wednesday 13 July; 10–11.30 am & 1–2.30 pm — Banksia Centre

Create your own bush animal in connection with our MEGAfauna trail.

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Culture on the Move – Traditional Weaving Workshops

20 July 10.00am–1.00 pm — Banksia Centre

Learn techniques of the age-old art of traditional weaving.

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Ancient plants and animals

Ancient Plants and Animals guided walks

18 – 24 July; 11.00 am – 12.00 pm — Meet at the clock near the cafe bridge

Join a free guided walk to see what the vegetation was like in the age of dinosaurs and how it had changed by the time the megafauna appeared.

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Growing Friends Plant Sale

Get Ready for Spring Native Plant Sale

Saturday 27 August, 8.30 am – 11.00 am (or earlier if sold out) — Education Lawn

A boutique sale with plants grown by the Gardens' Growing Friends from material sourced in the Gardens.

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Storytime for Canberra Tree Week


First Friday of each month, 10.00 – 11.00 am — Crosbie Morrison Lawn 

Stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities are brought to life in the Gardens' beautiful natural surroundings.

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Exhibitions at the Visitors Centre

Exhibitions at the Visitors Centre

Daily, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm — Visitor Centre Gallery

Exhibitions explore the Australian environment through diverse creative forms including fine art, craft, photography and sculpture.

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Thursday talks, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Thursday Talks

Resume in February 2022 — Theatrette

Our Thursday lunchtime talks cover diverse aspects of the natural world in Australia and around the globe. Bookings essential.

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