Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Bimblebox 153 Birds ended on Sunday  3 April 2022.

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Phylotheca myoporoides 'Poorinda' by sbrogers

Focus on Flowers Guided Walks

10 October – 16 October, 11.00 am–12.00 pm and 2.00 pm–3.00 pm daily — Meet at the clock near the bridge

Discover Australian spring flowers, such as delicate orchids, tiny thryptomene, stunning waratahs and big impressive gymea lilies.

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ANPS plant sale

Native Plant Sale

15 October, 8.30 am–1.30 pm (or until sold out) — Southern car park

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

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Who Did That Children's Trail

Secrets of the Australian Bush – a family adventure

Monday 26 September, Wednesday 28 September, Friday 30 September, Tuesday 4 October, Thursday 6 October; 10.30 am — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Join us for a family-friendly Flora Explorer bus tour and discover the amazing secrets of the plants that live in the Australian bush.

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First Friday of every month — Crosbie Morrison Lawn 

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

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23 February – 3 April — Visitor Centre Gallery

Bimblebox 153 Birds surrounds you with the sights and sounds of birdlife found on the Bimblebox Nature Refuge.  This unique installation combines artist prints, poetry, prose and musical interpretations of birdcalls contributed by over 450 people worldwide. 

Each bird species found on Bimblebox is explored by a writer, an artist and a musician. Bird call inspired compositions and recordings of writers’ poetry and prose form a soundscape, while artists’ representations of the many and varied Bimblebox birds flock along the walls.

Located in Central Queensland’s Galilee Basin, Bimblebox is an 8000 hectare parcel of privately-held, never-been-cleared woodland and a significant pocket of biodiversity.  Although protected in perpetuity by a Nature Refuge Agreement, it is not protected from, and is consequently threatened by, coal mining.

Bimblebox was thought to be home to 153 species of birds—more have since been spotted, and this project continues to grow with each new bird added. It’s habitat for the endangered Black-throated Finch and twelve species of conservation significance including the Squatter Pigeon and Grey-crowned Babbler. 

Bimblebox 153 Birds showcases creative responses across a broad range of printmaking techniques, writing styles and innovative music. It enthralls people who love being surrounded by birds while it sparks stories and conversations. It’s our story of our birds, how we experience them and sadly, how we may lose them. 

Curator Jill Sampson
Audio compilation and mixing by Boyd

Bimblebox 153 Birds is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.  This Project is also supported by The Bimblebox Alliance, Museums & Galleries Queensland and proudly sponsored by Seedhead Holistic Graphic Design and Quill Studios.

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23 February – 3 April


Visitor Centre Gallery