Australian National Botanic Gardens

This event has finished

Light and Dark Night Tours ended on Saturday 10 March 2018.

Visit the What's on page for current and upcoming events.

Current events

The gardens at night. Photo: Irene Lorbergs

Photography afterDARK

Fridays 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
Banks statue

Australian Trees and their Botanists – Summer Guided Walks

Sunday 17 February — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Take a fascinating guided walk uncovering stories of adventure, mystery, sex, and even murder, associated with Australian trees and overseas botanists.

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
Snakes Alive!

Snakes Alive!

14–20 January 2019, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Feeding times 10.30 am and 1.00 pm daily — Crosbie Morrison Building

Live displays, feeding and handling of snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles and crocodiles.

More information
2, 3, 8, 9, 10 March. 7.30 – 9.30 pm. Gates open at 7.00 pm

Experience the gardens in a different light as part of Enlighten Festival 2018.

Led by our expert rangers, you’ll wander through the mist in the Rainforest Gully, explore the light and dark sections of the gardens and enjoy delicious desserts in the Red Centre.

You can also enjoy a 15% discount on a Luminous facial at Jindii Eco Spa.

Things to note

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking.
  • Check the weather forecast and be prepared in case of wet or cold weather.
  • Gates open at 7.00 pm. Please do not arrive any earlier as you will not be able to access the gardens or carpark.

Book your spot now


2, 3, 8, 9, 10 March. 7.30 – 9.30 pm. Gates open at 7.00 pm


Adult: $27.60
Junior (16 years and under): $22.50
Family (2 adults and 2 juniors): $64.30
Concession: $22.50
Ticketek booking fee: $4.05