Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Who Did That Children's Trail

Secrets of the Australian Bush – a family adventure

Mon 25 Sep, Wed 27 Sep, Fri 29 Sep, Tue 3 Oct & Thu 5 Oct: 10.30am — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Join us for a family-friendly Flora Explorer bus tour and discover the amazing secrets of the plants that live in the Australian bush.

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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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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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Twilight Tour: Adults

Twilight tour: adults 

25, 29 & 30 September 2023 — Park in the carpark off Clunies Ross Street and meet at the Jindii Gate

Visit the Gardens after closing time to uncover the stories of our native plants in a whole new light.

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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.

Following their migratory route down river to their seasonal feeding grounds, three ancient diprotodons have become lost in the city and have found their way to the Australian National Botanic Gardens. A rare opportunity to come face to face with these ancient giants as they stop to feed and interact with passers-by, as you journey through the Gardens at night, and to reflect on how humans have altered the creatures and landscape with which we share this island.

Enjoy a light supper of damper-style roll with pumpkin soup by Pollen café. Light supper is an optional add-on with ticket purchases only. Hot and cold beverages will be available to purchase from Pollen café on the night.

Supported by ACT Government, Friends of the ANBG, and Ovolo Nishi.

Held during NAIDOC Week (2 – 9 July) in celebration and recognition of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Bookings essential as numbers are limited. Book now.

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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 – 7 July 2023, 5:30pm – 8:30pm


Australian National Botanic Gardens


Adult (15yrs+) $25.00, Child (4-14yrs) or Concession $20.00, Family (2 adult + 2 child) $85.00