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. 


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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: 6.30 pm (gates open 6.15 pm and close promptly at 6.30 pm)

      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 - BOOKED OUT
      Wednesday 15 July - BOOKED OUT
      Saturday 1 August - BOOKED OUT

      NEW TOUR DATE: Saturday 22 August – Book now .

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



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  • Breakfast with the birds

    Weekends in September and October | 7.45 am

    Experience the beauty of early morning in the Gardens when birds are at their most active on a guided bird walk followed by breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens.


    • September
      Saturdays 19 and 26 September | Sundays 19 and 27 September
      October
      Saturdays 3 and 10 October | Sundays 4 and 11 October

      Meet at Visitors Centre at 7:45 am. This ever-popular program is celebrating its 12th season.

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

      Bookings essential | www.friendsanbg.org.au under ‘Coming up’ | Cost: $32.00 for Friends members and $35.00 for non-members.

      Enquiries: birds@friendsanbg.org.aubirds@friendsanbg.org.au (or leave a message on the Friends phone – 6250 9548 - and we will phone you back).



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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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  • COMING UP – Wood Sculpture Exhibition

    2 Sept – 11 Oct | Visitor Centre Gallery

    A sculptural feast of three dimensional wood reliefs by Dirk Lejeune, inspired by his fascination of the Australian bush.

  • 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 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.


      Thursday 20 August 12.30 pm
      Brian Cooke 'A Rabbit’s Progress: from the Crusades to Barwon Park'
      Brian will describe his research at CSIRO into control and management of wild rabbits in Australia’s arid zone and on sub-Antarctic islands.


      Thursday 27 August 12.30 pm
      Meredith Cosgrove 'Oh the Humanity: rarity in plants – with examples from the ACT flora'
      Meredith, author of ‘Photographic Guide to the Native Plants of ACT, will give an overview of the process that threaten plants, giving concrete examples from the local flora, and explain what is being done to save them.



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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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