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.

  • afterDARK – Spring Scavenger Hunts

    What will you find in the Gardens at night? Gather your family for a night-time botanical scavenger hunt with treasures and treats to be found. Bring your torch, follow the clues and discover the fascinating plant, insect and animal life in the Gardens at night. Be the first to complete the scavenger hunt challenge and take home the coveted 'super-sleuth' prize.

    Bookings are essential. Not suitable for children under five years due to timing and length of tours.

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  • Wattle Week Walks

    Thursday 1 September – Sunday 11 September

    See a selection of Australian wattles to celebrate Acacia flowers in spring for Wattle Day. Hear about the rich part wattles play in Australia's cultural history and discover how they survive in Australia's harsh climates.

    Free walks daily at 11:00 am

  • Breakfast with the Birds

    See the incredible diversity of birds in the Gardens with a knowledgeable guide, followed by breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens.

    Bring binoculars if you have them. Cancellation in extreme weather conditions only. Please note: this walk is not suitable for children under eight.

    Location: Meet at Visitors Centre at 7:45 am.

    Cost: $32.00 for Friends members and $35.00 for non-members.

    Enquiries: birds@friendsanbg.org.au or phone 0418 670 704.

    • Weekends in September and October

      Book your tour below:

      All tours meet at the Visitor Centre at 7:45 am.


      Saturday 24 September – Book Now

      Sunday 25 September – Book Now


      Saturday 1 October – Book Now

      Sunday 2 October – Book Now

      Saturday 8 October – Book Now

      Sunday 9 October – Book Now

      Saturday 15 October – Book Now

      Sunday 16 October – Book Now.

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  • 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.

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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)
    10.00 am (duration one hour)
    $5 per child | No bookings required

    • Monthly Themes

      August – Book Week Stories
      September – Flower Fairies and Magical Folk
      October – Birthday Stories
      November – Summer Stories

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  • 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 4 February to 25 November 2016.

    • 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

      2016 Talks

      Thursday 25 August 12.30 pm
      Professor Graham Farqhuar 'Plant growth in a changing climate.' Graham, Professor of Environmental Biology at the ANU, received the 2015 Prime Minister's Prize for Science. He will discuss the impact of climate change on vegetation around the world.

      Thursday 1 September 12.30 pm
      Dr Emma Kindred 'Spring's Golden Plumes: Wattle in Australian art of the 20th century.'
      Emma, Assistant Curator of early Australian paintings and sculpture, NGA, will celebrate wattle-week by highlighting the significance of wattle in early Australian art.

      Thursday 8 September 12.30 pm
      Dr Greg Johnson 'Quii and Spade: Pioneer garden writing in Australia 1788-1888.'
      Greg, a prominent contributor to the Australian Garden History Society, will consider the sources of gardening advice and information used by the early colonists.

      Thursday 15 September 12.30 pm
      4th Alison McKenzie Lecture
      Brett McNamara 'The natural appeal of the Bush Capital: Surveyors, catchments and the kitchen sink."
      Brett, Regional Manager, Parks and Conservation Services, ACT, will consider the natural and cultural values that shape our Bush Capital.

      Thursday 22 September 12.30 pm
      Peter Marsack 'Painting birds for field guides: why not photos?'
      Peter, one of three artists providing illustrations for the forthcoming CSIRO volume, the Australia Bird Guide, will outline the step-by-step process that results in an illustration for a field guide.

      Thursday 29 September 12.30 pm
      Max Bourke and Lainie Lawson 'Looking after a lost bit of Australia: Montague Island.'
      Max and Lainie, an agricultural scientist and a heritage consultant, have combined their expertise in conservation work on Montague Island.

      Thursday 6 October 12.30 pm
      David Taylor 'Weird and wonderful Australian plants: how to engage with them.'
      David, Curator, Living Collections, ANBG, will promote cultivation of Australian plants including rare species.

      Thursday 13 October 12.30 pm
      Helen Fitzgerald 'A Florilegium to celebrate 200 years for the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.'
      Helen, a distinguished botanical illustrator, will be talking about the production by Beverly Allen of a florilegium to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of RBG, Sydney.

      Thursday 20 October 12.30 pm
      Kim Ellis 'Innovation, conservation and change: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, 200 year birthday.'
      Kim, Executive Director of Sydney's Parklands and Botanic Gardens, will discuss the changes that are occurring in RBG, in Sydney, Mount Annan and Mount Tomah, in the context of the 200 year anniversary.

      Thursday 27 October 12.30 pm
      Dr Brett Howland 'Impact of grey kangaroos on reptiles and birds in diminished grasslands.'
      Brett, currently engaged in habitat promotion with the ACT government, will describe how large mammalian grazers are truly ecosystem engineers.

      Thursday 3 November 12.30 pm
      Alan Munns 'Smelly socks and snottygobbles: Encounters with the flora of Western Australia.'
      Alan, a past-President of ANBG Friends, will give a broad-ranging talk on his encounters with flora of W.A.

      Thursday 10 November 12.30 pm
      Roger Farrow 'Insects: more to them than meets the eye.'
      Roger, formerly of CSIRO Entomology, will feature the remarkable adaptions that are found in local insect fauna.

      Thursday 17 November 12.30 pm
      Dr Helen Cleugh 'Australian climate change and earth system science: research to support a productive and resilient Australia.'
      Helen, Leader of CSIRO's Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, will outline Australia's national capability in weather and climate prediction, observation and research.

      Thursday 24 November 12.30 pm
      Gregory Andrews 'Strategies for Australia to protect threatened species.'
      Gregory, Australia's first Threatened Species Commissioner, will tell us how he initiates strategic approaches to threatened species conservation.

      Queries to Sue.Serjeantson@bigpond.com

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  • Grandparents Playgroup

    Bring along the grandkids for a play on Thursdays from 10.00 am – 11.30 am in the Gardens.
    Venue: Banks Building | Spaces limited | Booking contact: ANBG Education 02 6250 9408 or email tanddbugss@gmail.com

  • 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 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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