What's on

There is always something new and exciting to see and do at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Our calendar of events changes regularly, so make sure you keep coming back to see what's happening.

  • Commbank Flix in the Stix

    Enjoy a unique night out with short films, comedy from Tripod and live music from My Friend the Chocolate Cake.
    Sat 31 Jan | 6.30 pm | Eucalypt Lawn | Various ticket and seating price options | For further information visit www.flixinthestix.com.au/canberra

  • ENLIGHTEN 2015: Luminous Botanicus

    Wander through the Gardens experiencing lantern-lit pathways and thematic garden lighting complemented by music and visual performances. Your evening commences in the lush Rainforest Gully and concludes with refreshments and fire drumming in the Red Centre Garden.


    • Date: Fri 27 Feb, Sat 28 Feb, Sun 1 Mar, Fri 6 Mar, Sat 7 Mar, Sun 8 Mar
      Time: 8 pm & 8.30 pm
      Cost: $25 pp
      Bookings essential: Book Now


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  • Enchanting afterDARK: ‘Night Flight’ Narratives

    New event for 2015! Let your imagination run wild as the ACT Storytellers Guild and Gardens staff take you on a mystical journey through the Gardens – who will you meet along the way? Finish your afterDARK experience with dessert and hot chocolate.



    • Saturday 7 February | 7 pm – Book Now

      Saturday 21 February | 7 pm - Book Now

      Saturday 14 March | 7 pm - Book Now

      $25 adult, $20 child & concession
      Suitable for families with young children.

      Cancellation policy:
      7 days prior notice: full refund available
      6 days – 72 hours notice: alternative date can be arranged, but no refund
      Less than 72 hours notice: no refund available but tickets can be transferred to another guest.

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  • Delicious afterDARK: Rainforest to Red Centre

    An 'adults only' evening combining the best of the Gardens ranger-led after dark tours, complemented by a canapé and wine degustation menu featuring native bush ingredients. 7 pm | $75pp


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      On arrival at the cafe deck

      Sparkling white wine ‘Gallagher Sparkling Duet’ served with:
      - Spring roll filled with poached prawn's Warrigal green and spiced Illawarra plum relish
      - Shots of bush tomato gazpacho with vodka and tobacco


      Second course

      White wine ‘Gallagher Riesling’ served with:
      - Leek, natural yogurt and fetta bites topped with bush tomato and basil
      - Rice paper rolls with native spiced shredded pork, seasonal vegetables and quandong dipping sauce
      - Smoked salmon en croute with pumpkin chilli and bush dukka jam


      Third Course

      Red wine ‘Gallagher Merlot’ served with:
      - Goat's cheese and bush herbs toasted fruit bread, finished with native pepper berry
      - Rare roast beef rolls filled with asparagus and horseradish


      On conclusion of your tour in the Red Centre Garden

      - Dessert wine and handmade chocolates from Canberra chocolatier Lindsay & Edmunds


      Gates open at 6.45 pm and close at 7 pm sharp



      Friday 30 January - BOOKED OUT

      Friday 6 February - Book Now

      Friday 20 March – Book Now

      Cancellation policy:
      7 days prior notice: full refund available
      6 days – 72 hours notice: alternative date can be arranged, but no refund
      Less than 72 hours notice: no refund available but tickets can be transferred to another guest.

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  • afterDARK Scavenger Hunt

    New tours and challenges for 2015! Gather your family, bring a torch, follow the clues and discover the fascinating plant, insect and animal life in the Gardens at night.



    • With treasures and treats to be found along the way, be the first to complete the scavenger hunt challenge and take home the coveted ‘super-sleuth’ prize. Finish your evening with supper and toasting marshmallows over the open-air fire.


      Special Easter theme Scavenger Hunt

      Fri 3 April | 7 pm - Book Now
      $30 adult, $25 child/concession


      School Holiday Hunts

      Fri 10 April | 7 pm - Book Now.

      Fri 17 April | 7 pm - Book Now.

      Fri 24 April | 7pm - Book Now.

      $27 adult, $23 child/concession
      Not suitable for children under five years


      Cancellation policy:
      7 days prior notice: full refund available
      6 days – 72 hours notice: alternative date can be arranged, but no refund
      Less than 72 hours notice: no refund available but tickets can be transferred to another guest.


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  • Grandparents Playgroup

    Bring along the grandkids for a play in the Gardens
    Venue: Banks Building | Spaces limited | Booking contact: ANBG Education 02 6250 9408


  • Tropical Display Glasshouse

    See a spectacular display of sub-tropical and tropical plants. Open 9.30 am – 4 pm daily.

  • In Flower This Week

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

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  • Flora Explorer Tours

    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 3 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.

  • Visit the Red Centre Garden

    Journey to the heart of the Gardens and experience the iconic plants, striking red sand and landscapes of Central Australia.

    Open daily 8.30 am – 5 pm