Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Photography afterDARK ended on Saturday 15 September 2018.

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Current events

ACTC Tree Climbing Championships

ACT Tree Climbing Championships

Saturday 4 May, 8.30 am – 5.00 pm — Eucalypt Lawn

Witness a tree climbing competition consisting of six events including work climb, open ascent, speed climb, throwline, aerial rescue and masters.

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Tree week symposium

Canberra Tree Week Symposium

Friday 10 May, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm — Theatrette

Join the Tree Week Symposium for special topics related to all things trees in Canberra.

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Visual art diary

Creating a Visual Art Diary

Sunday 26 May, Sunday 18 August 10.00 am – 12.30 pm — Banks Building

Learn how nature and art can be combined to create unique, beautiful and captivating artistic images in a creative and inspiring session with Julia Lanford.

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NatureArt holiday program

Puggles and Explore NatureArt school holiday program

15–18 April, 8–12 July, 15–19 July 2019 — 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.

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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.

Delve into the misty rainforest, explore the amazing diversity of plants and perhaps capture some of the creatures that call this place home at night. 

Suitable for beginners to advanced photographers aged 15 years.


Bookings are essential as places are limited and bookings close two days prior to event.

18 January, 8.00 pm–11.00 pm (gates open at 7.45 pm)

15 February, 7.30 pm–10.30 pm (gates open at 7.15 pm)

Things to note

  • Please bring your own digital camera and tripod. An extra memory card, battery and small torch are recommended.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking. The workshop will include walking up and down stairs.
  • Event will proceed in light rain and ponchos are provided if needed.
  • Gates open at 6.45 pm. Please do not arrive any earlier as you will not be able to access the Gardens or carpark.

Should the tour be cancelled for safety reasons, a notice will be posted on this ticketing page, you will be emailed, and a text message will be sent to your mobile. In the event of cancellation you will be given the choice of a refund or rescheduling.


Fridays 18 January and 15 February. Times vary depending on sunset


Meet at the Crosbie Morrison amphitheatre


$120 per person