Australian National Botanic Gardens

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.

Jaz Logan, Mt Stromlo High School, 'Fern Face'

22nd annual schools photographic competition

Entries close on Wednesday 3 October — Australian National Botanic Gardens

Ignite your passion for Australian plants and show off your artistic creativity and photographic skills through images taken in the gardens.

More information
NatureArt holiday program

Puggles and Explore NatureArt school holiday program

8 – 12 October, 9.00 am–12.00 noon (ages 5–8), 1.00 pm–4.30 pm (ages 9–12) — Banks Building

Discover and learn about nature through observation, drawing, painting, nature journaling and craft. Get to know the birds, insects, marsupials, reptiles and the unique Australian plant communities featured in the gardens.

More information
Wattle by Irene Lorbergs

Wattle Walks

11.00 am – 12.00 pm daily, 1–9 September — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Discover the diversity of the genus Acacia (commonly known as wattle) on free guided walks through the gardens for Wattle Week.

More information
Bushland Nature Walk

Bushland Nature Walk – guided walks

10.00 am – 11.30 am, Thursday 20 September & 18 October — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Join a volunteer guide to discover flowering plants along the Bushland Nature Walk and enjoy spectacular views over Lake Burley Griffin.

More information and bookings
New Holland. Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Wake Up With the Birds

7.45 am–9.15 am, Saturdays & Sundays 22 September–14 October — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Be enchanted by the birds on this early morning guided bird watching walk through the Gardens.

More Information
Beeswax wraps

DIY Beeswax Wraps for Pollinator Week

10.00 am – 11.30 am and 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm, Sunday 18 November — Banks Building

Make your own beeswax wraps as part of Pollinator Week.

More information
NatureArt kids club

NatureArt kids club

Last Sunday of every month – February–November, 10.00 am–12.00 noon — Banks Building

Join NatureArt Kids Club art and science adventures for an exciting exploration of nature in the gardens.

More information
The gardens at night. Photo by Irene Lorbergs

Photography afterDARK

Fridays 26 October, 9 November, 18 January and 15 February, Times vary depending on sunset — Meet at the Crosbie Morrison amphitheatre

Join Irene Lorbergs from Canberra School of Photography for an exclusive three hour guided night photography workshop in the gardens. Learn how to 'paint with light' during sunset, dusk and the black of night.

More information, bookings and times
ANPS plant sale

Native Plant Sale

Saturday 20 October, 8.30 am–1.30 pm — Southern car park

Browse Canberra's best range of Australian native plants, including many local species. Thousands of plants to choose from.

More information
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.

View upcoming exhibitions
Storytime for Preschoolers

Friday Storytime for Preschoolers

First Friday of the month, 10.00 – 11.00 am — Follow the signs from the Cafe Bridge

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

More information
Thursday talks, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Thursday Talks

12.30 pm on Thursdays from 1 Feb to 29 Nov 2018 — Theatrette

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

Discover upcoming talks