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Diprotodon image in First Nations art style, by Wilay Designs

MEGAfauna: a walk through time!

1 – 30 July 2023, 8:30am – 5pm — Australian National Botanic Gardens

Alerting all explorers! We need your help to discover our long-lost creatures at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

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Megafauna, Dead Puppet Society

MEGAfauna afterDARK

1 – 7 July 2023, 5:30pm – 8:30pm — Australian National Botanic Gardens

Experience a night like no other in this immersive, illuminated and cultural event with life-size diprotodons by award-winning visual theatre masterminds Dead Puppet Society.

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Megafauna, Dead Puppet Society


1 July – 6 August 2023, 9:30am – 4:30pm — Australian National Botanic Gardens

See ancient creatures come to life in the Gardens with visual theatre masterminds Dead Puppet Society.

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Puppet prototype by Gabrielle Paananen

Puppet Construction Workshop

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 2:30pm – 4:00pm — Crosbie Morrison Building

Travel back to the Pleistocene era with Dead Puppet Society and delve into a world of creature design and puppet construction in this fun and hands-on workshop.

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24 November – 11 December — Visitor Centre Gallery

The 11th Annual Friends Photographic Group exhibition highlights the different moods and inhabitants of the Gardens,

as seen through the eyes and cameras of a diverse group of Friends photographers. It illuminates aspects of the Gardens that visitors may not otherwise be aware of. 

Frozen moments of time give everyone the opportunity to witness some of the rare events that take place in the Gardens. A thoughtful photo can reveal things that we ordinarily overlook, like the rich colours and textures of wet bark and the tiny insects that are so vital to the ecosystems. 

Framed prints, unframed prints, cards and tote bags available for purchase. 


24 November – 11 December


Visitor Centre Gallery