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.

  • Easter crafts at Botanical Bookshop

    Come and join us at the Botanical Bookshop for free Easter Crafts in the Foyer of the Visitor Information Centre at The Australian National Botanic Gardens.

    Crafts will run from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily from Monday 30 March to Monday 6 April.

    Enter the Botanical Bookshop’s Easter Craft Competition to win a fabulous Prize! Enquire in store for more details.


  • Lunchtime concert. Canberra International Music Festival

    Take a walk through the green labyrinth of the Gardens discovering music and musicians underneath the canopy and hidden among the bushes - part of the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival

    Thursday 7 May 12.00 pm | Various ticket options | Further information – cimf.org.au


  • 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 16 April 12.30 pm
      Matthew Higgins ‘Burramys: Possums with Attitude’
      Matthew will talk about this iconic and endangered mammal that is rarely seen.


      Thursday 23 April 12.30 pm
      Dr Judy West and Dr Zoe Knapp ‘The Role of the ANBG in Contributing to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation’
      Judy, Director ANBG, and Zoe, Parks Australia, will provide an overview of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.


      Thursday 30 April 12.30 pm
      Kevin Thiele ‘Species, taxonomy, genomics and you: a guide for the perplexed’
      Kevin, Head of the W.A. Herbarium, will talk about defining species in the age of new genome sciences.



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  • Exhibitions in the Visitor Centre Gallery

    Art in the Gardens with Friends | 20 Mar – 19 Apr | 9.30 am - 4.30 pm | Free

    A collection of botanical paintings and drawings by the Friends’ Botanic Art Group. Artworks for sale.

    Find out more on the Friends exhibition.



  • Craft ACT Artist-in-Residence: ‘Their Story’ Exhibition

    An exhibition showcasing the processes used to develop the artists’ final craft works from their 2014 Craft ACT Artist-in-Residence program. The Bogs and Fens theme gave artists an opportunity to link ideas, feelings and emotions from field experience within bogs and fens with research at the Gardens.

    24 April – 25 May 2015 | 9.30 am – 4.30 pm | Visitor Centre Gallery | Free


  • 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 | BOOKED OUT
      $30 adult, $25 child/concession


      School Holiday Hunts

      Fri 10 April | BOOKED OUT

      Fri 17 April | BOOKED OUT

      Fri 24 April | BOOKED OUT

      $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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  • afterDARK Lantern Tours

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

    Saturday 6 June, Saturday 4 July and Saturday 1 August 6.30pm | $25 adult, $20 child/conc | Not suitable for children under five years.


  • Storytime: Bush Magic themes each month

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

    • Time: 10 - 11 am | Suitable for families
      WhereFriday 3 April: 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

      May – Mother’s Day stories
      June – Bird stories
      July - Doona stories
      August - Book Week stories
      September - Spring in the Gardens
      October - Birthday stories
      November - Summer stories
      December - Christmas in the Bush

      Cost: $5 per child | Suitable for pre-schoolers.
      Bookings: Not required.


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  • Exhibition: Yangupala Tjuta Waakarinyi: Ceramics from Ernabella Australia

    In conjunction with the 14th Australian Ceramics Triennale ‘Stepping Up’ this unique exhibition will present new ceramic works from a select group of award winning and emerging Ernabella artists.

    4 – 12 July 9.30 am – 4.30 pm | Visitor Centre Gallery | Free


  • 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.

  • Asteraceae: a garden of Australian daisies

    Visit the new daisy garden and experience the diversity of Australian daisies.