What's on

There is always something new and exciting to see and do at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Our calendar of events is changing all the time.


  • Sunset Cinema

    Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat nights: 11 Nov – 17 Dec

    Enjoy latest releases, children’s and classic films in the beautiful garden surrounds. Bring a picnic or purchase your dinner at the event.

    Various ticket and seating price options.


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  • Snakes Alive 2017

    10 am to 4 pm daily from 16 to 22 Jan. Talks and animal feedings at 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm

    Snakes Alive is a great opportunity to see and learn about many of Australia’s reptiles and frogs.


    • See venomous snakes, pythons, dragons, goannas, geckos, large skinks, legless lizards, turtles tree frogs and other frogs.

      Hold and take selfies with an animal and impress your friends on Facebook.

      Talks plus animal feeding three times daily: 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm.

      Great value at $6 adult, $5 concession and $3 student/children – with proceeds to local research projects. Tickets at the door, or pre-book online at www.actha.org.au

      General inquiries: 0427 788 304


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  • Glass Artists’ Talks

    2 pm, Sun 18th Dec (Debra Jurss) and 2 pm, 22 Jan (Christine Atkins)

    Local glass artists Debra Jurss and Chritine Atkins, will discuss their work on display in the Gardens Build Up; Break Down exhibition (Wed 14 Dec – Sun 5 Feb), in conjunction with the 2017 Ausglass Conference.

  • Exhibitions at the Visitors Centre

    Exhibitions in the Visitor Centre Gallery aim to provide enjoyment for visitors through a broad program of display material including fine art, craft, photography, sculpture and other creative forms.


    Learn about upcoming exhibitions
  • Friday Storytime for Preschoolers

    First Friday of month from 10 to 11 am (different theme each month)

    Have fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

    $5 per child – No bookings required

    • 2017 Monthly Themes

      To be advised.


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  • Thursday Talks

    Thursday lunchtimes from 4 Feb to 25 Nov 2016

    Are you interested in the environment? Would you like to learn more about Australian native plants and other aspects of the natural world?

    Join us for Thursday Talks at lunchtime.

    • Thursday talks cover a diverse range of topics. They are aimed at a well-informed general audience and everyone is welcome.

      Where: Theatrette at 12.30 pm – Cost: Entry by Donation


      2017 Talks

      To be advised.

      Queries to sue.serjeantson@bigpond.com


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  • Grandparents Playgroup

    Thursdays from 10.00 am – 11.30 am in the Gardens

    Venue: Banks Building – Spaces limited

    For playgroup membership enquiries email: gpgcanberra@gmail.com

  • Flowers, Fruit and Foliage

    Pick up a leaflet at the Visitor Centre and follow the numbered posts to explore a selection of our plants, many are flowering now. Distance and time varies from week to week.


    See what's in flower
  • Flora Explorer Tours

    Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays – 10.30 am & 1.30 pm.

    Discover the Gardens in relaxing style with a 45 min guided highlights tour aboard our 13-seater electric bus.

    • When: Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays – 10.30 am & 1.30 pm.

      Where: Tours begin outside the Visitor Centre.

      Cost: $6.00 adult – $3.00 child under 16 and concession – Children under three ride free.

      Purchase tickets: At the Botanical Bookshop in the Visitor Centre – Booking information 6257 3302.


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  • Free Guided Walks

    Meet a volunteer guide at the Visitor Centre for a free one-hour tour of the Gardens. Tours depart daily at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm.

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