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.

  • Sunset Cinema 2014

    The IMB Sunset Cinema is back returning for it's third season. With summer well & truly on the way, it's a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the warmer weather than with friends & family on the Gardens’ Eucalypt Lawn. Kicking off Friday 14th November with a fantastic range of films - there is something for everybody!

    • Enjoy latest releases, children’s and classic films in the beautiful garden surrounds. Bring a picnic or purchase your dinner at the event. Cost: Various ticket and seating price options

      When: Wed, Thurs, Fri and Saturday evenings from Friday 14 November – Saturday 20 December
      Where: Northern Eucalypt Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens
      Program: http://www.sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra
      Cost: Various ticket and seating price options
      Tickets: http://sunsetcanberra.iwannaticket.com.au

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  • Summer Sounds 2015

    Proudly presented by The Central

    Celebrate summer with a series of live music underneath the eucalypts.

    Every Saturday & Sunday in January (excluding 31 Jan) 5.30 – 7.30 pm | Eucalypt Lawn $5 adults, $2 concession, children 17 yrs and under free

    • Bring a picnic or purchase food and beverages on the lawn

      Fun water activities for the whole family.

      Sat 3 Jan - Dorothy-Jane Band
      (blues & grooves)

      Sun 4 Jan - Humbug
      (Irish jig)

      Sat 10 Jan - Big Boss Groove
      (groovy rhythm)

      Sun 11 Jan - Hit Parade
      (favourites from every era)

      Sat 17 Jan - Dr Stovepipe
      (western swing, alt country)

      Sun 18 Jan - The Fuelers
      (rockabilly, country & pop)

      Sat 24 Jan - Annie & the Armadillos
      (jazz & blues)

      5.30 – 8.30 pm. Sun 25 Jan - Franklin B Paverty
      (toe tappin’ bush)

      Concerts will be cancelled on days of total fire ban or severe weather conditions – check the Gardens’ Facebook page and Twitter for updates.

      Proudly supported by:
      The Goodwin logo

      Acter Water Logo

      Friends Logo

      2CA logo

      2CC logo
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  • Bush Blitz through the lens : Photographic Exhibition

    Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest nature discovery programme, a partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia. This unique project has discovered over 825 species in the last 5 years and is helping to promote and preserve Australia’s unique biodiversity with help from the ANBG. See some up close and personal photographs of some of the weird and wonderful plants, animals and invertebrates discovered by Bush Blitz.
    WHEN: 11 November – 3 December 2014 | Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm | Venue: Visitor Centre Gallery | Entry: Free

  • afterDARK Scavenger Hunt

    A fascinating botanical scavenger hunt after dark for families with treasures and treats to be found.

    • Set out with a series of clues to discover an array of night time plant, insect and animal activity, under guidance from our trained rangers.

      Finish the night with an open air fire, toasting marshmallows & supper in the Gardens. 'Super sleuth' prize to the first finishers, and certificates for all participants at the end of the night.

      When: March/April 2015 including the school holidays
      Register your name here to receive advance notification when online ticket sales open

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  • Delicious AfterDARK Tours

    These extremely popular ‘adults only’ tours are soon to return with new menu and wines to be experienced. A perfect way to spend a warm summer’s evening in the Gardens, commencing in December 2014 and continuing through to March 2015.
    Avoid missing out by registering to receive first notification of online bookings.

  • Paper Crafts with Paperworks

    Create beautifully handcrafted paper and cards through papermaking and other paper crafts through this workshop
    Venue: Banks Building | Cost: $180 for 9 weeks or $20 per session | plus $10 membership fee
    Bookings essential: info@paperworks.org.au or 0451 681978 | Workshops designs for people with special needs.

  • Grandparents Playgroup

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

  • Storytime: Summer Stories

    Enjoy a story, a short walk or craft activity at a special spot in the Gardens.
    WHEN: Friday 7 November | Storytime is on the first Friday each month.

    • Time: 10 - 11 am | Suitable for families
      Where: Follow the signs from the Cafe or check in at the Visitor Centre for details on the day | Storytime will be held indoors during wet and cold weather.
      Please ensure all children come with sun protection, closed shoes and a supervising adult.

      Bush Magic Storytime Themes

      Summer Stories | November
      Christmas in the Bush | December
      Cost: $5 per child | Suitable for pre-schoolers.
      Bookings: Not required.

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  • Tropical Display Glasshouse

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

  • Thursday Talks

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

    Find out more in the Thursday Talks run by the Friends of the Gardens at lunchtime from 6 February to 27 November 2014.

    • 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

      The Mulligans Flat-Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment
      Kate Grarock| 6 November
      Learn about research into the critically-endangered Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

      Plants of the Peruvian Andes and Their Australian Connections
      Dr Roger Farrow| 13 November
      Hear about some connections between plants in the Andes and Australia, across a range of families

      The ANBG under its First Director, 1979 to 1989
      Associate Professor Don Beer| 20 November
      Find out about the Great Fire of 1984, the Wettest Winter, Princess Di and Other Episodes

      The Perfumery in the Ancient World
      Karl van Dyke| 27 November
      Learn about the use of plants in perfumes of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans

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  • 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 | 10.30am & 1.30 pm. Additional daily midweek tours at 10.30am during ACT October School Holidays.

      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

    Free Guided Walks by the Friends Volunteer Guides.

    Daily at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm Meet at the Visitors Centre

  • 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 in our newest garden.

    Open daily 8.30 am – 5 pm