Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens is open and welcomes visitors from 8.30 am to 5 pm every day of the year (except 25 December).

Visitors will need to comply with the COVID-19 safety measures that remain in place across the ACT. Read more.

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MEGAfauna: once there were giants! ended on Sunday 25 July 2021.

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Current events

Bush animal weaving

Culture on the Move – Bush Animal Weaving Workshops

Monday 10 July and Wednesday 13 July; 10–11.30 am & 1–2.30 pm — Banksia Centre

Create your own bush animal in connection with our MEGAfauna trail.

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Weaving

Culture on the Move – Traditional Weaving Workshops

20 July 10.00am–1.00 pm — Banksia Centre

Learn techniques of the age-old art of traditional weaving.

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MEGAfauna: myths and legends!

MEGAfauna: myths and legends!

1 July – 31 July ; 8.30 am – 5.00 pm — Special trail through the Gardens

Step back in time on this family adventure trail to meet the enormous creatures that inspired myths and legends, art and culture.

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Ceremonial Dancing artwork by Teresa Purla McKeeman

Reconciliation Day Weekend Walks

Sunday 29 & Monday 30 May; 10.30 am–11.30 am — Meet outside the Visitor Centre

Join Wiradjuri Man Adam Shipp as he shares his passion for native plants.

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26 June –25 July 2021 — Special trail through the Gardens

Embark on an adventure trail filled with nature, science and history! Come face to face with Australia’s prehistoric past by immersing yourself in the Gardens newest Megafauna trail – the first of its kind in Australia.

Giant animals that went extinct thousands of years ago will be on display throughout the Gardens: wombat-like creatures the size of hippos, flightless birds that weighed twice as much as modern emus, a turtle with a horned head and spiked tail, and a giant monitor lizard to name a few. 

Adventurers are encouraged to step back in time and learn about the last ice age and gain an understanding of how plants and animals co-existed thousands of years ago. 

Wheelchair and pram accessible.

When

26 June –25 July 2021

Where

Special trail through the Gardens

Price

Free