Australian National Botanic Gardens

Australian National Botanic Gardens extended temporary closure

The Australian National Botanic Gardens will be temporarily closed to visitors until 18 June 2020.

Our Gardens are treasured by locals and visitors alike, and we understand many people would have been looking forward to visiting, however the health and wellbeing of our staff, visitors and local communities is our utmost priority. We all have a role to play in minimising the risk of COVID-19.

Our thoughts are with the community during this difficult time and we encourage social interaction with the Gardens via our website and social media platforms. Please join our online community via Facebook and Instagram as we’ll continue to share stories and provide updates as they come to hand. We also encourage everyone to share stories, special memories and photographs of the Gardens through these platforms.

We will continue to care for our precious living collections and seed collections during the temporary closure.

We look forward to seeing you again in our beautiful Gardens in the future.

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