Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens is open and welcomes visitors from 8.30 am to 5 pm every day of the year (except 25 December).

Visitors will need to comply with the COVID-19 safety measures that remain in place across the ACT. Read more.

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Bimblebox 153 Birds ended on Sunday  3 April 2022.

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Bush animal weaving

Culture on the Move – Bush Animal Weaving Workshops

Monday 10 July and Wednesday 13 July; 10–11.30 am & 1–2.30 pm — Banksia Centre

Create your own bush animal in connection with our MEGAfauna trail.

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Weaving

Culture on the Move – Traditional Weaving Workshops

20 July 10.00am–1.00 pm — Banksia Centre

Learn techniques of the age-old art of traditional weaving.

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MEGAfauna: myths and legends!

MEGAfauna: myths and legends!

1 July – 31 July ; 8.30 am – 5.00 pm — Special trail through the Gardens

Step back in time on this family adventure trail to meet the enormous creatures that inspired myths and legends, art and culture.

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Ceremonial Dancing artwork by Teresa Purla McKeeman

Reconciliation Day Weekend Walks

Sunday 29 & Monday 30 May; 10.30 am–11.30 am — Meet outside the Visitor Centre

Join Wiradjuri Man Adam Shipp as he shares his passion for native plants.

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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

Acknowledgements: 
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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When

23 February – 3 April

Where

Visitor Centre Gallery