Australian National Botanic Gardens

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MEGAfauna: a walk through time! ended on Sunday 30 July 2023.

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Bot gardens day.

Botanic Gardens Day - more than just a garden

Sunday 26 May, 10 am - 3 pm

Visit the Gardens on Sunday 26 May from 10 am – 3 pm and discover the important role the Gardens plays in safeguarding Australia’s native plants. 

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Garden of Letters by the Canberra Calligraphy Society

8 May 2024 - 2 June 2024 — Visitor Centre at the Australian National Botanical Gardens

Join the Canberra Calligraphy Society for their next exhibition ‘Garden of Letters’ at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

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Gardens of academe

Gardens of Academe by Elizabeth Truswell

5 - 30 June, 9.30 am - 4.30 pm daily — Visitor Centre

Visit The Gardens for the latest watercolour and charcoal artworks by Elizabeth Truswell.

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Gardens Through Time: Self-guided heritage trail

Sun 14 April - Fri 31 May — Maps available from the Visitor Centre

Look back in time to see how the Gardens has grown and changed on this self-guided historical photo trail.

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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.

Travel back in time with us for a family-friendly outdoor discovery trail combining nature, science, art, culture, history and fun! Throughout July, adventurers are encouraged to take a walk through the Gardens to see some unique plants and animals that existed in prehistoric Australia!

This year there are some new ancient creatures who have come to visit. Following their migratory route to seasonal feeding grounds, three ancient diprotodons have become lost in the city and have found their way to the Australian National Botanic Gardens. As they try to make their way in the altered landscape, these visitors from a forgotten time created by visual theatre masterminds Dead Puppet Society provoke a reflection on how humans have changed this island and its creatures, and the importance of the Gardens for plant and animal conservation.

Watch and interact as these life-sized diprotodons roam the Gardens for the first week of the school holidays from 1 – 7 July. Enjoy both day and night activities inspired by our natural world, with around 18 megafauna sculptures and plants to discover during this month-long event.

Megafauna will be roving the Gardens during the day near the Friends Lawn and Pollen Cafe.

When not roving the Gardens these life-sized Diprotodon creatures will take refuge in a prehistoric installation in the Visitor Centre Gallery until they leave to roam the land again on 6 August.

MEGAfauna will be held during NAIDOC Week (2 – 9 July 2023). The Gardens worked with Wilay Designs for the event imagery to complement and connect the events.  

The main image by Wilay Designs depicts the Diprotodon’s journey across hills and rivers to find plants. 

Wilay Designs, is a creative partnership between Jazz and Kristal - who are two Ngunawal sisters and artists. Wilay Designs art is inspired by their Ngunawal culture, and the stories passed down by their family. Their art is not only a reflection of their own identity and perspective, but also a way to start positive conversations about culture, educate others, and promote understanding by sharing knowledge. 

MEGAfauna: a walk through time! is supported by ACT Government, Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and Ovolo Nishi.

Wheelchair accessible.

Ovolo Nishi Fun Unconventional and Never Boring at Ovolo Nishi

Book and travel until 30 July 2023. Use promo code ‘Megafauna23’ to receive 15% off accommodation. T&Cs apply. Subject to availability. Book here.

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1 – 30 July 2023, 8:30am – 5pm


Australian National Botanic Gardens