Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Gardens are home to Australia’s finest collection of native plants as well as countless precious wildlife species.

We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit while helping preserve our amazing plants and animals.

Here are a few tips on how to do this.

Looking after the Gardens

  • Please leave our gardens exactly as you found them. Either take your rubbish home with you or put it in the bins in the carpark.
  • Stay on paths and lawns to avoid damaging any plants or animals.
  • Please do not feed any wildlife in the Gardens – it disturbs their natural diet and can make them unwell.
  • Let us know if you see an injured animal in the Gardens. Contact staff at the Visitor Centre in person or by calling 02 6250 9588.
  • Ball games, frisbees, kites, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, barbecues and fires are not permitted in the Gardens.
  • Dogs and other domestic animals are not allowed in the Gardens unless they are a registered assistance animal.

Staying safe

  • Keep an eye out for snakes and other potentially dangerous visitors to the Gardens.
  • If you injure yourself or feel unwell in the Gardens, contact the Visitor Centre for first aid.
  • Staff may close parts of the Gardens during potentially dangerous weather conditions such as high winds or high fire danger. For your own safety, do not try to enter any closed areas.


Do not visit the Australian National Botanic Gardens if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

  • Protect others and stay at home if you’re unwell
  • If you’re not feeling well prior to your departure, please have a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and/or PCR test.
  • If you’re experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms while visiting the Gardens please have a RAT or visit a local doctor or health facility for a PCR test to ensure you are free from COVID-19.
  • Practice social distancing – this means keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people and not shaking hands.
  • Coughing and/or sneezing into your bent elbow or a tissue, rather than hands, and disposing of the tissue immediately
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitiser for 20 to 30 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Enjoy your day in the Australian National Botanic Gardens!