Australian National Botanic Gardens

Following the ACT Government’s announcement of the ACT’s COVID-19 Pathway Forward, we’re pleased to advise that the Australian National Botanic Gardens, as an ‘outdoor attraction’, is permitted to re-open to the public on 29 October 2021.

We look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Gardens from 29 October 2021 and thank you for your patience and support. We will provide further information about our re-opening plans and ongoing COVID-Safe operational plans in the coming weeks.

For further information about the ACT’s COVID-19 Pathway Forward and COVID-19 response, please visit https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/

The Australian National Botanic Gardens has a variety of beautiful outdoor function venues set among themed gardens.

Our outdoor venues provide a beautiful backdrop for:

  • weddings
  • anniversaries
  • engagements
  • birthday parties.

COVID-19 Update
The Gardens has developed protocols to ensure the continued comfort and safety of clients, visitors and staff, adhering to current ACT Government regulations and requirements. Please see our COVID-19 Information for Venue Hires and COVID Safety Plan for more information.

How to book

Rock Garden

The rock garden lawn

A green lawn set among a rocky outcrop with a waterfall backdrop. It’s the perfect venue for a small to medium event such as a wedding ceremony, kids’ party or family gathering.

  • Rock Garden Lawn has a COVID-19 restricted capacity of 400 people.
  • Located 460 metres from the car park.
  • Power is available.

    How to book

Red Centre Garden

The Red Centre Garden

The red sand of Central Australia offers a unique setting for a special function, cocktail party or wedding ceremony.

The staged area on the Black Mountain side overlooks the entire garden, giving guests a different viewpoint.

  • The Red Centre Garden has a COVID-19 restricted capacity of 15.
  • Located 500 metres from the car park.
  • Lighting and power are available.

    How to book

Ducrou Pavilion

The Ducrou Pavilion

The Ducrou Pavilion is perfect for a small performance or private gathering. Surrounded by an expanse of grass, it has ample shelter and views of a pristine lawn and giant gum trees.

  • The Ducrou Pavilion has a COVID-19 restricted capacity of 24 people.
  • Located 500 metres from the car park.
  • Sheltered site.
  • Power is available.

    How to book

Eucalypt Lawn

Eucalypt Lawn

A mass of green grass surrounded by giant gums, the Eucalypt Lawn is suitable for large events and concerts.

The Eucalypt Lawn has a COVID-19 restricted capacity of 2000* people.

*Groups of 200 – 500 are required to notify ACT Health of the event and submit a COVID Safe Plan via the online form.

*Events of over 500 people will require an exemption and organisers must complete a COVID 19 Restricted Activities - Event Exemption Request

How to book

Burbidge Amphitheatre

Burbidge Amphitheatre

Located at the top of the Eucalypt Lawn, this tiered venue provides a picturesque setting for intimate events (such as saying “I do”).

The amphitheatre is set among tall gum trees and has lovely rock walls and a lush lawn .

  • The Burbidge Amphitheatre has a COVID-19 restricted capacity of 44 people.
  • Located 500 metres from the car park.
  • Shaded site.
  • Power is available.

    How to book

Brittle Gum Lawn

Brittle Gum Lawn

Perfect for small to medium gatherings such as family picnics, parties and special ceremonies, this venue offers a lovely private setting with green lawns and a diversity of Australian plants.

  • The Brittle Gum Lawn has a COVID-19 restricted capacity of 136 people.
  • Located 230 metres from the car park.
  • Shaded site.

    How to book

Crosbie Morrison Amphitheatre and Lawn

Crosbie Morrison Amphitheatre

The amphitheatre is directly outside the Crosbie Morrison Room and overlooks a lawn and ponds surrounded by she-oaks. It’s a great spot for launches, parties, celebrations and open days.

  • The Crosbie Morrison Amphitheatre has a COVID-19 restricted capacity of 16 and Lawn has COVID-19 restricted capacity of 388.
  • Located 100 metres from the car park.
  • Sheltered site.
  • Power available.

    How to book

Function catering

Hosting a special event in the Gardens? Make life easier with catering from the award-winning Pollen cafe and restaurant.

Pollen will provide a variety of modern, delicious and healthy food and drink options to wow your guests.

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