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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Talking with Trees – artist walk ended on Saturday  8 May 2021.

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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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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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Saturday 8 May, 10.30 am –12.30 pm — Meet at the Visitor Centre Gallery before embarking on the walkshop

Take a locative media walkshop around the Gardens with Canberra interdisciplinary artist Dr Tracey Benson. This walk is in conjunction with Tracey’s exhibition at the Visitor Centre Gallery and focuses on walking and connecting to the trees at the Gardens.

Bring your smartphone or tablet to make an ‘art response’ by taking some photos or an audio recording or pencil and paper for drawing or tree rubbings. Participants are also invited to include their contribution on an online map about the project.

Book artists walk

Talking with Trees exhibition explores the importance of connecting to green spaces through the rich variety of plants at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. By focusing on the rich history of the Gardens’ plants collection and the relationship between connecting to nature and wellbeing, the artist seeks to highlight the role of the Gardens as a place of reflection and discovery. The project coincides with Canberra Tree Week and will also be featured as part of the international Urban Tree Festival based in the UK.

Bookings essential.  Meet at the Visitor Centre Gallery before embarking on the walkshop.


Saturday 8 May, 10.30 am –12.30 pm


Meet at the Visitor Centre Gallery before embarking on the walkshop