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

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.

Enjoy your day in the Australian National Botanic Gardens!