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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 what Australia was like when dinosaurs ruled! Discover life-sized dinosaurs amongst the flora and landscapes that they once inhabited as you travel from the rainforest to the Red Centre, Learn about the supercontinent of Gondwana and patterns of distribution of living organisms revealed through fossils.


Experience the dinosaurs in the dark on this night-time dino adventure through the specially-lit Gardens at night | Bookings essential.
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In partnership with the National Dinosaur Museum

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 | Saturday 3 June (sold out) , 1 July or 5 August | 6.30pm – 8.00pm

THE COLOUR OF EUCALYPTUS An exhibition of 330 pieced works along with pressed leaves, drawings and coloured yarns to represent the beauty of nature, derived from our most iconic and dominant trees, eucalypts, by Sally Blake. Dyes collected from 100 species of eucalypts were used to discover and record a splendid array of colours using seven different fabrics. | Until 25 June

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