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Australian Megafauna ended on Sunday 25 July 2021.

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Xerochrysum bracteantha

Colour in Winter Guided Walks

11.00 am–12.00 pm & 2.00 pm–3.00 pm daily, Monday 9 August–Sunday 15 August — Meet at the clock near the bridge

Brighten your winter day and discover the spectacular colours of leaves, bark, flowers and seeds in the Gardens with a Volunteer Guide.

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MEGAfauna: once there were giants!

MEGAfauna: once there were giants!

26 June –25 July 2021 — Special trail through the Gardens

Embark on an adventure trail filled with nature, science and history! Come face to face with Australia's prehistoric past by immersing yourself in the Gardens newest Megafauna trail – the first of its kind in Australia.

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Wattle by Irene Lorbergs

Wattle Walks

11.00 am–12.00 pm & 2.00–3.00 pm daily, 30 August–5 September — Meet at the clock near the bridge

Celebrate Wattle Week with a guided walk exploring the Gardens’ collection of wattles, the genus Acacia.

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23 June – 25 July; 9.30 am–4.30 pm — Visitor Centre Gallery

An exhibition featuring original large scale paintings of Australia’s megafauna by Australian wildlife artist, author and paleontological illustrator, Peter Schouten AM.  

Peter Schouten has an international reputation for his specialised area as a Paleontological Reconstructionist, which is the rebuilding of a fossil species. David Attenborough termed his skills as “rare and precious” and among the world’s best. Peter has published some of Australia’s most outstanding wildlife publications.

His work features in books such as Gliding Mammals of the World, Prehistoric Animals of Australia, A Gap in Nature, Astonishing Animals, Possums of the World, Tree Kangaroos A Curious Natural History, Feathered Dinosaurs: the Origin of Birds and strangely enough the Encyclopedia of Asian Food. He has co-authored books with Dr Tim Flannery and Stephen Jackson as well as producing the book Megafauna which was a collaboration with Dr. Ross MacPhee.

Peter’s works are featured in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Natural History Museum in New York, the Naturalis Museum in Holland and in David Attenborough’s private collection.


23 June – 25 July; 9.30 am–4.30 pm


Visitor Centre Gallery