Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Illuminate ended on Sunday 11 December 2022.

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Current events



First Friday of every month, except January — Crosbie Morrison Lawn 

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

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Sunset Cinema

Sunset Cinema

Thurs 23 Nov 2023 to Sat 24 Feb 2024 — Eucalypt Lawn

Enjoy your favourite movies under the stars in the beautiful surrounds of the Eucalypt Lawn.

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Thursday talks, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Thursday Talks

12.30 pm on Thursdays from February through November — Theatrette

Our Thursday lunchtime talks cover diverse aspects of the natural world in Australia and around the globe. Bookings essential.

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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