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.

See what's happening this month with our What's On flyer.

  • Dinosaurs in the Gardens | Prehistoric Garden Trail for National Science Week

    Free self guided walk or booked guided tours available | Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 Aug

    A rare opportunity to participate in a prehistoric ‘discovery’ trail exploring the world of dinosaurs and Mesozoic plant fossils of Gondwana. 


    • As you travel along the path from the rainforest to the red centre, you will discover life size dinosaurs amongst the flora and landscapes that they once inhabited.

      Pick up your self guided booked from the Visitor Centre (open 9.30 – 4.30pm), or book into a specialised tour lead by ANBG and National Dinosaur Museum education staff.

      Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 Aug
      Daytime tours - $12 per person I 11.30am & 1.30pm I Sat 15, Sun 16, Sat 22 & Sun 23 Aug
      Night tours - $15 per person I 6.30pm I Sat 15 and 22 Aug
      School bookings also available by calling 6250 9408

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  • Exhibition: Yangupala Tjuta Waakarinyi: Ceramics from Ernabella Australia

    4 – 12 July | Visitor Centre Gallery | Free

    In conjunction with the Australian Ceramics Triennale ‘Stepping Up’ this exhibition will present ceramic works from a group of Ernabella artists.


    • Established in 1948, Ernabella Arts is Australia’s oldest Indigenous art centre. Ernabella Arts is located in Pukatja Community at the eastern end of the Musgrave Ranges in far north-west South Australia.

      Following on from the enormous success of the 2014 Ernabella exhibition in Sydney, Sabbia Gallery is thrilled to present this very important exhibition showing some of Ernabella’s finest artists in Yangupala Tjuta Waakarinyi : Many Young People Working. This unique exhibition will present new work in ceramics from a select group of award winning and emerging Ernabella artists. These exciting new works from the ceramics studio have been created on Country in Ernabella Australia. The exhibition will also include ceramics created during their residency in Jingdezhen, China in early 2015.

      ARTIST FLOOR TALK | WEDNESDAY 8 JULY 2015 | 1.00 - 3.00pm

      Ernabella Artist and 2014 Indigenous Ceramic Art Award Finalist Milyika Carroll will discuss the exhibition and the importance of art centres to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. In 2003, the ceramic studio was established specifically for Pukatja Community’s yangupala - young people.

      ARTIST DEMONSTRATION | WEDNESDAY 8 JULY 2015 | 1.00 - 3.00pm

      A rare opportunity to observe three of Ernabella’s award winning artists - Alison Milyika Carroll, Anne Thompson and Tjimpuna Williams, during an artist demonstration presenting their unique and beautiful carving on ceramics.

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  • afterDARK Lantern Tours

    Participate in a lantern making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour of the Gardens with your own ranger guide.


    • Explore the various garden habitats and habitants - including the beautifully lit Rainforest Gully.

      Time: 6.30pm (gates open 6pm and close promptly at 6.30pm)

      Bookings: Essential and only available online | $25 adult, $20 child/conc | Not suitable for children under five years.

      Saturday 4 July - BOOKED OUT
      Wednesday 8 July - Book Now
      Wednesday 15 July - Book Now
      Saturday 1 August - Book Now

      Ticketing info: Bookings close online 48 hours prior to event.



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  • Iconic Trees Walks

    See and learn about Australia’s iconic trees on a one hour guided walk during Australian Capital Territory Tree Week.

    The Australian National Botanic Gardens has within its living collection one third of all the Australian plant species and is probably the best place in the world to see the majority of our iconic national trees.

    Daily from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 July | 11am and 2pm | From the visitor centre | Bookings not required



  • Linking Trees: Australian National Botanic Gardens to the Arboretum

    A 90 minute walk led by volunteers who guide at both the Gardens and the National Arboretum during ACT Tree Week.

    Wednesday 22, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July | 90 min guided walks at 11.30 am and 1.30 pm | Free | Bookings essential due to limited group numbers



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  • Canopy: an exhibition by John Pratt

    15 July - 30 August | Visitor Centre Gallery

    'Canopy' is a series of works based on the Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve which are a narration of John Pratt's engagement with the site which has evolved over a number of years, originally as a coordinator of the local Park Care group - and more recently as a location for drawing and visual investigation.

    • The prints and drawings in this exhibition are a response to botanical forms and other elements encountered in the Reserve.

      As with the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the Mount Ainslie Reserve is viewed as an extraordinary natural sanctuary heightened by its proximity to the city centre and the adjacent suburban presence.

      The exhibition is also intended as both recognition and celebration of the extensive and invaluable work undertaken by the Mt Ainslie Park Care Group.

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  • Sunday Story Sessions with the ACT Storytellers

    Escape into the Gardens with a guided storytelling experience exploring the themes of ‘Fire and Light in the Australian bush’.


    • The adventure begins with a tasty morning tea before families head out with their hosts from the ACT Storytellers and Gardens’ education team, finishing their journey in the Red Centre Garden toasting marshmallows over a fire.

      Suitable for families with primary school aged children

      Dates: Sunday 12 & 26th July & Sunday 30th August
      Times: 10:30 am (finishes 12 noon)
      Cost:  Adults $20/Children and Concession $15 | Bookings Essential


      Sunday 12 July - Book Now
      Sunday 26 July - Book Now
      Sunday 30 August - Book Now

      Ticketing info: Bookings close online 48 hours prior to event.



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  • Friday Storytime for Preschoolers

    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.

    First Friday of month (different theme each month)
    10 am (duration one hour)
    $5 per child | No bookings required

  • 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 5 February to 26 November 2015.


    • 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


      Thursday 2 July 12.30 pm
      Vicki Still 'Creating easy care and sustainable outdoor spaces'
      Vicki, a former Australian and ACT Horticulturalist of the Year, established Easycare Garden Designs Pty Ltd in ACT in 1999; she will discuss how to create an easy care and sustainable garden.


      Thursday 9 July 12.30 pm
      Ben Wallace 'Plant hunting in Yunnan'
      Ben, former horticultural botanist at Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, will describe his recent eco-tour to Yunnan Province in China.


      Thursday 16 July 12.30 pm
      Dr Elizabeth Dennis 'How plants flower at the right time'
      Liz, a CSIRO Fellow and joint winner of the Prime Minister's Prize for Science, will enquire into the environmental and genetic cues that induce plants to flower.


      Thursday 23 July 12.30 pm
      Michael Doherty 'How plants respond to fire'
      Michael, a plant ecologist with CSIRO, will describe the response of plants to fire, with a focus on examples from the ACT following the 2003 fires.


      Thursday 30 July 12.30 pm
      Dr John Turnbull 'Bunya pine and other Araucarias'
      John, former CSIRO scientist and currently an ANBG guide, will discuss the lifestyles of these iconic trees and their impact on our lives.


      Thursday 6 August 12.30 pm
      Chris Davey & Kathy Eyles 'The gang-gang special survey'
      Chris and Kathy from the Canberra Ornithologists Group will tell us what has been learned from the 2014 Gang-gang cockatoo survey.


      Thursday 13 August 12.30 pm
      Dr Lori Gould 'Re-greening the Capital Region'
      Lori, scientist with Greening Australia, will talk about community and land-holder engagement in Boorowa River recovery and Canberra's recovery from bush-fire.



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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.

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