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 https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/
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.
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).