Australian National Botanic Gardens

Drop into the Visitor Centre to find out everything you can see and do at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

The knowledgeable volunteers in our Visitor Centre are the best people to help you plan your visit. They can provide garden maps, brochures and advice on the many places to explore in the Gardens.

You can also browse the Botanical Bookshop and admire the beautiful works in our exhibition space.

First aid is available from the visitor information desk if required. Public toilets and the theatre and Dickson Room are located in the foyer of the administration building directly opposite the Visitor Centre.

Maps and guides

Find your way around the Australian National Botanic Gardens quickly and easily with our handy visitor guide and maps of our themed walks and trails.

You can pick up your free map and guide at the Visitor Centre or download a PDF version.

The Visitor Centre also has fact sheets and brochures about some of our resident wildlife.

Plant identification service

Got a botanical mystery that needs to be solved? Satisfy your curiosity with our plant identification service.

Simply drop your plant or fungal specimens off at the information desk in the Visitor Centre. Expert botanists from the Australian National Herbarium will determine the species and send you its name once identification is complete.

This is a free service for batches of less than ten specimens. Fees apply for commercial enquiries or larger numbers of specimens.

Visit the Australian National Herbarium info page for more details, including how to collect and prepare specimens. Please note that permits are required to collect plants from some areas, particularly nature reserves.

Contact the Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre is open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm seven days a week (closed Christmas Day).

You can call the centre on 02 6250 9588 or email