Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens is open and welcomes visitors from 8.30 am to 5 pm every day of the year (except 25 December).

Visitors will need to comply with the COVID-19 safety measures that remain in place across the ACT. Read more.

Swamp wallabies are shy marsupials that tend to stay in areas of thick undergrowth. But if you are very lucky, you might spot one during your visit to the Gardens.

The best place to look for them is around the rainforest gully and in the scrubland areas higher up in the Gardens.

Swamp wallabies are easy to distinguish from the more common eastern grey kangaroo. They are much smaller, standing only about 70 cm high compared to up to two metres for a grey kangaroo.

They have dark brown fur on their back and paws, light yellow or orange on their chest and around the ears, and grey fur everywhere else.

Swamp wallabies eat a wide range of plants but prefer to nibble on shrubs and bushes rather than graze in open grassy areas.