Australian National Botanic Gardens

Australian National Botanic Gardens extended temporary closure

The Australian National Botanic Gardens will be temporarily closed to visitors until 18 June 2020.

Our Gardens are treasured by locals and visitors alike, and we understand many people would have been looking forward to visiting, however the health and wellbeing of our staff, visitors and local communities is our utmost priority. We all have a role to play in minimising the risk of COVID-19.

Our thoughts are with the community during this difficult time and we encourage social interaction with the Gardens via our website and social media platforms. Please join our online community via Facebook and Instagram as we’ll continue to share stories and provide updates as they come to hand. We also encourage everyone to share stories, special memories and photographs of the Gardens through these platforms.

We will continue to care for our precious living collections and seed collections during the temporary closure.

We look forward to seeing you again in our beautiful Gardens in the future.

Have you ever walked across Australia in an hour?

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Australia’s ecosystems, from subtropical rainforests to the dramatic desert scenery of the Red Centre Garden.

This fascinating stroll through our country’s landscapes explores how the Australian environment has shaped our unique plants.


Suitable for

  • Tick icon Preschool to Year 2
  • Tick icon Years 3–6
  • Tick icon Years 7–10
  • Tick icon Years 11–12


1 hour


$7.25 per student

Maximum number of students


Curriculum links


  • ACSSU002: Living things have basic needs, including food and water
  • ACSHE013: Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses
  • ACSIS011: Explore and make observations by using the senses.

Year 1

  • ACSSU017: Living things have a variety of external features
  • ACSSU211: Living things live in different places where their needs are met.

Year 2

  • ACSSU030: Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
  • ACSHE035: People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things.

Year 3

  • ACSSU044: Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things.

Year 4

  • ACSSU072: Living things have life cycles.

Year 5

  • ACSSU043: Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment.

Year 6

  • ACSSU094: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment.

Year 7

  • ACSSU111: Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms.

Year 9

  • ACSSU176: Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems.

Year 10

  • ACSSU185: The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence.

Year 11/12

  • ACSBL019: Ecosystems are diverse, composed of varied habitats and can be described in terms of their component species, species interactions and the abiotic factors that make up the environment
  • ACSBL020: Relationships and interactions between species in ecosystems include predation, competition, symbiosis and disease.