Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Pod ended on Sunday 17 February 2019.

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Banks statue

Australian Trees and their Botanists – Summer Guided Walks

Sunday 17 February — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Take a fascinating guided walk uncovering stories of adventure, mystery, sex, and even murder, associated with Australian trees and overseas botanists.

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Carramar Koala Quest

Carramar Koala Quest

1–31 March, 8.30 am – 4.30 pm — Trail begins at the Visitor Centre

Embark on an adventure along a larger-than-life Koala sculpture trail throughout the Gardens and at select partner locations. Each koala has been created by a different artist and is named with its own story to tell.

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NatureArt holiday program

Puggles and Explore NatureArt school holiday program

15–18 April, 8–12 July, 15–19 July 2019 — Banks Building

Discover and learn about nature through observation, drawing, painting, nature journaling and craft. Get to know the birds, insects, marsupials, reptiles and the unique Australian plant communities featured in the gardens.

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Eucalyptus youngiana

Guided Eucalypt Walks

Saturday, 23 March – Sunday, 31 March, 11.00 am — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Celebrate Australia's iconic genus for National Eucalypt Day. Find out some amazing facts about eucalypts, which come in all shapes and sizes and dominate our landscape from alpine regions to the outback and edges of rainforest.

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16 January – 17 February, 9.30 am–4.30 pm — Visitor Centre Gallery

An exhibition by Kate Smith celebrating and drawing attention to the dramatic, quirky and intricate shapes found in the seed pods of Australian native plants. 

Kate’s interest in drawing pods began when visiting an area of the Blue Mountains National Park that had recently been burnt out by bushfire. Most of the foliage and greenery had been destroyed, but the blackened branches and seed pods of banksias and hakeas remained.

The dramatic shapes of the pods stood out, and Kate realised she had often overlooked these in favour of colourful flowers and foliage.

The main focus of the exhibition is a series of larger scale drawings and paintings, with a central display of seed pods and natural materials.


16 January – 17 February, 9.30 am–4.30 pm


Visitor Centre Gallery