We have a wide range of walks for all abilities and ages. More information about these walks and maps can be found at the Visitor Centre.
Free guided walks
Volunteers from the Friends of the Gardens lead free guided walks every day. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Marvel at the beauty and learn about the clever adaptations of Australia's native flora, as well as the research and effort that make the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
1 hour | 11.00 am and 2.00 pm | wheelchair accessible
Booked guided walks
Book a special guided walk for a large or small group at a time convenient to you. Walks can be tailored for your interests and can cater for larger numbers than scheduled walks. Advance booking essential - please phone the Visitor Centre on 02 6250 9588 or download a booking form.
$5 per person.
Joseph Banks walk
The Joseph Banks Walk is a short stroll and ideal for those with limited time or mobility. This walk starts at the Visitor Centre and ends at the cafe. Along the way you'll discover a range of colourful plants illustrating the diversity of the Australian flora.
20 min | wheelchair accessible
The main path
From the Visitor Centre follow the main path to experience a range of habitats and increase your chance of seeing a wide variety of birds. It's paved along its whole length and all slopes meet Australian standards for wheelchair access.
Use the map to follow the main path and tap on each location as you reach it for more information about birds at the Gardens.
40 mins | 1.4 km | wheelchair accessible
Children's discovery walk
Children love to learn by 'doing' so we've designed a fun 30 minute activity perfect for young ones.
"Who Lives Here?" begins just beyond the main path, past the cafe and provides nine activity stations that introduce children to the concept that plants are important for animal biodiversity.
An accompanying activity booklet provides parents and carers with interesting information and ideas for questions to ask their budding scientist.
330 m | 30mins | Download the booklet (3MB PDF) or pick one up at the Visitor Centre
Rainforest gully walk
From the main path follow the signs to discover the rainforests of Australia in this stunning gully which has delighted visitors from around the world. No matter what time of year you explore the twisting trail of boardwalks you'll discover something wonderful.
300 m | 10 mins | wheelchair accessible
Flower to tower (walk to Black Mountain summit)
Beginning at the Visitor Centre, this return walk takes you from one extreme to the other - from our beautiful planted gardens, up the steep slopes of Black Mountain through natural bush until the panoramic views over Canberra can be seen from the lookouts around Black Mountain Tower, or from the Tower itself. As you walk look out for the shining bronze cuckoo, the superb fairy-wren, cockatoos and parrots. The reserve also reveals a number of orchids during spring. The gate that leads onto the Black Mountain trail from the Gardens is open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm daily.
5.4 km (from Visitor Centre) | 1.5 hrs | Steep climb, not suitable for wheelchairs
Flowers, Fruit and Foliage
Pick up a leaflet at the Visitor Centre and follow the numbered posts.
Distance and time varies week to week.
Starting from the Visitor Centre, explore Australia's iconic tree species on this fascinating one hour walk. Learn to identify the three genera in the Myrtaceae family, and find out more about varying eucalypts leaves, fruits, bark and more..
1.8 km l 1 hr | Steps, not wheelchair friendly
Eucalypts are a defining feature of much of the Australian landscape and an essential part of Australian culture. They dominate the tree flora of Australia and provide habitat and food for many native animals. Of the over 850 eucalypt species known, almost all are native only to Australia. Some species have a wide geographic distribution; others are extremely restricted in their natural habitat and need conservation.
Aboriginal plant use
Start beyond the cafe and follow the trail marked on the map to discover a selection of plants used by Aboriginal people in different parts of Australia.