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.

    • 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.


      Spring Scavenger Hunt Dates

      Saturday 5 November – Book Now

      Time: 7.00 pm

      Cost: $30 adult | $25 concession


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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

      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 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

    The Grandparents Playgroup for grandkids meets on Thursdays from 10.00 am – 11.30 am in the Gardens.

    Venue: Banks Building | Spaces limited

    For Playgroup membership enquiries email: gpgcanberra@gmail.com

  • Flowers, Fruit and Foliage

    Pick up a leaflet at the Visitor Centre and follow the numbered posts to explore a selection of our plants, many are flowering now. Distance and time varies from week to week.

    See what's in flower
  • 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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