Australian National Botanic Gardens

Fridays and Saturdays 1, 2, 8 and 9 March, 7.30 pm – 11.00 pm — Begins at the Visitor Centre

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the natural world after dark with a self-guided discovery of the Gardens as part of the Enlighten Festival.

From rainforest to Red Centre‚ ‘Luminous Botanicus IV: Shade of Trees’ highlights the beauty of native plants and one of Australia’s most celebrated icons – the Koala.

Say hello to larger-than-life Koala sculptures and see habitat, culture, conservation and science brought to life. Enjoy music on the eucalypt lawn with food and drink available for purchase. Or just explore – you never know what you may find!

Frequently asked questions about this event

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The Gardens will donate $1 from each ticket sold to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital for conservation and research.

Enlighten Festival is illuminating the capital with culture and creativity from 1 to 17 March.

Thank you to:


  • Enlighten Festival
  • Event AV Services
  • The Electric Canvas
  • Canberra Weekly
  • Arts and Health Australia
  • University House
  • Mantra Group
  • Pollen
  • Jindii Eco Spa
  • National Zoo and Aquarium
  • ACT Parks and Conservation Service
  • Friends of the Gardens


  • Cool Country Natives
  • Bosisto’s Eucalyptus
  • NatureArt Lab


Fridays and Saturdays 1, 2, 8 and 9 March, 7.30 pm – 11.00 pm


Begins at the Visitor Centre


Adults $31.70, Children (16 and under) and concession $26.60, Family of 4, $98.95