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Inspiring, informing and connecting people with the Australian flora

The Australian National Botanic Gardens maintains a scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. The plants are displayed for the enjoyment and education of visitors and are used for research into plant classification and biology. A herbarium of preserved plant specimens is closely associated with the living collection.

The Gardens also cultivates plants threatened in the wild. This helps protect them against extinction and provides information which might assist reintroduction to their natural habitat.


Experience the early morning in the Gardens on a 1 1/2 hour guided walk to see many of the Gardens' amazing birds, including cockatoos, parrots and honeyeaters and where to encounter them | Saturdays and Sundays 23 September through 15 October, 7.45 am | Suitable for over 8 years old | $15 or $12 for Friends of the Gardens | Bookings essential

Presented by the Friends of the Gardens

Coming Up

Pollen is now open Pollen, a café featuring healthy, modern, wholesome food and relaxed dining experience, is NOW OPEN at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
Bookings available via Pollen website

afterDARK FIREFLY TOURS Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Gardens and flora by night. Enjoy hot chocolate and make your own ‘firefly lantern light’ to illuminate your way on this ranger-led tour | 5 August | 6.30pm – 8.00pm

DIRKSWIRKS A collection of timber reliefs and sculptures, bark, crosscuts of branches and recycled fence palings | 2 - 26 August

BUSHLAND NATURE WALK - NOW OPEN Our brand new Bushland Nature Walk on Black Mountain is now open! With spectacular views through the trees to Canberra City, Parliament House and beyond, the walk gives a glimpse of some of the unique plants and animals living on Black Mountain | 2.2 km return | Approximate time 1 hour | easy to moderate

More information on these and other events and on how to make bookings is available at the Gardens' What's on page