Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Snakes Alive! ended on Sunday 15 January 2023.

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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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The Story of the Australian National Botanic Gardens

12-18 Jun: 11am-12pm & 2pm-3pm

How did these gardens start? Where were the first trees planted and who planted them? Who were some of the people to shape the Gardens and what was their contribution? What is next in the Gardens development? Join a free guided walk to visit significant historical developments in the Gardens while enjoying the plants.

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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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Garden Walk

Wonderful Australian Trees

1-7 May: 11am-12pm & 2pm-3pm

Celebrate Canberra Tree Week by joining a free guided walk. See a variety of wonderful Australian native trees including Eucalypts, Casuarinas, Bunya pines and many others. Learn about the evolution of Australian trees and how they have been adopted across the world.

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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.

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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