Australian National Botanic Gardens

Getting to the gardens is easy by foot, bicycle, bus or car.

Only minutes from the Canberra CBD, the gardens are located on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. The main entrance is on Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

Getting here by foot or bicycle

The gardens are approximately a 2.5 km walk or ride from central Canberra. Google Maps can help you plot the quickest and safest route.

There are bicycle racks near the visitor centre and carpark.

Getting here by bus

A range of bus options will take you to the gardens. Find the best bus route for you using Google Maps’ public transport directions.

Transport Canberra’s Tourist Loop (route 81 on weekdays and route 981 on weekends) takes visitors to some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the gardens. The Tourist Loop runs seven days a week.

Find out more about the Tourist Loop on the Transport Canberra website

Getting here by car

You can access the main entrance on Clunies Ross Street via Parkes Way to the south or Barry Drive to the north.

Parking

The gardens has plenty of car parking. Fees for each vehicle are $3.20 per hour up to a maximum of $13 for the day.

Customers of the Botanical Bookshop can park for free in four designated parking spaces near the Visitor Centre. These spaces have a strict 30-minute time limit.

Free coach parking is available in the main carpark.

Accessibility

The gardens has many experiences suitable for people with a disability.

The Main Path Walk has no steps, making it suitable for both wheelchairs and strollers. All slopes meet Australian standards for wheelchair access.

There are disabled access car spaces at the northern end of the main car park (close to the Visitor Centre and cafe) as well as behind the Crosbie Morrison building.

You can book a free wheelchair or electric mobility scooter to use during your visit to the gardens. Bookings can be made by: