Australian National Botanic Gardens

This event has finished

Snakes Alive! ended on Sunday 15 January 2023.

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Current events

ANPS plant sale

Native Plant Sale

Sat 21 Oct, 8:30am - 1:00pm (or until sold out) — Southern car park

This spring sale will feature around 5,000 Australian native plants with 250 different species represented. All plants are selected to be suitable for Canberra and surrounds.

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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.

Discover upcoming talks
10.00 am – 4.00 pm, 9–15 January 2023 — Crosbie Morrison Building

Join us for live displays, feeding and handling of snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles and more this summer.

Purchase tickets online

This week-long exhibition showcases a variety of Australian reptiles and amphibians - many of which are threatened, endangered and rarely seen in the wild or in captivity.

Kids and carers can get up close and enjoy live displays, feeding and handling of snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles and crocodiles while learning more about these fascinating animals.

Snakes Alive! is presented by the ACT Herpetological Association (ACTHA) in partnership with the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Funds raised through Snakes Alive! help the ACTHA support regional conservation issues such as the Northern and Southern Corroboree Frog breeding programs, and other projects furthering reptile and amphibian protection and recovery, education, training, and research. 

Tickets are valid for two-hour pre-booked sessions only. Please vacate the event promptly at the end of your session time as spaces are limited.


10.00 am – 4.00 pm, 9–15 January 2023


Crosbie Morrison Building


$7.00  Adults
$6.00  Concession
$5.00  Children