Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Carramar Koala Quest ended on Sunday 31 March 2019.

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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

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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Free Flora Explorer rides for National Botanic Gardens Day

National Botanic Gardens Day – Free Flora Explorer Rides

Sunday 26 May 10.30 am – 2.30 pm — Leave from the Visitor Centre

Celebrate National Botanic Gardens Day with a new way to see the Gardens on board our electric bus. Hop off and explore the Gardens or loop all the way back to the Visitor Centre.

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Wiradjuri storyteller Larry Brandy

National Botanic Gardens Day and Reconciliation Day – Wiradjuri Storytelling

Sunday 26 May, 10.30–11.30 am & 1.30–2.30 pm — Crosbie Morrison Amphitheatre

Join Aboriginal storyteller Larry Brandy in the Gardens as he shares his Wiradjuri culture with people of all ages through performance and storytelling.

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1–31 March, 8.30 am – 4.30 pm — Trail begins at the Visitor Centre

Embark on an adventure along a larger-than-life koala sculpture trail throughout the Gardens and at select partner locations.

Stop in at the Visitor Centre to pick up the Koala Quest map and set off on a discovery trail to find the 20 unique koalas.

Each koala has been created by a different artist and is named with its own story to tell.

The koala trail will be at the Gardens throughout the month of March.

The Hello Koalas sculptures will also feature in Luminous Botanicus IV, an after-dark event at the Gardens as part of the Enlighten Festival.

Download the Carramar Koala Quest map

Carramar Koala Quest Competition

Find Carramar in the Gardens, take a selfie and tell us in 30 words or less:

Why do you think Carramar is important to the Gardens?

Submit your photo and answers on the Australian National Botanic Gardens Facebook page  for the chance to win 2 nights’ accommodation at Mantra The Observatory Port Macquarie. Don’t forget to tag your post with #HelloKoalas and #KoalaQuest.

The winner can come and join the fun at the Hello Koalas Festival in Port Macquarie from 6–9 June 2019 (or visit this beautiful town another time).

Prize is valid from 1st June 2019 to 20th December 2019. All bookings based on availability. Conditions apply. Prize value is $800.

Thank you to:


  • Enlighten Festival
  • Event AV Services
  • The Electric Canvas
  • Canberra Weekly
  • Arts and Health Australia
  • University House
  • Mantra Group
  • Pollen
  • Jindii Eco Spa
  • National Zoo and Aquarium
  • ACT Parks and Conservation Service
  • Friends of the Gardens


  • Cool Country Natives
  • Bosisto’s Eucalyptus
  • NatureArt Lab


1–31 March, 8.30 am – 4.30 pm


Trail begins at the Visitor Centre