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.

  • 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

  • Mother’s Day High Tea at Jindii EcoSpa

    Make mum feel like a princess and let her dine like a queen this mother’s day. High tea will include a suite of our favourite mini treatments, accompanied by a delicious variety of teatime platters. Leave mum for some relaxing ‘me’ time or why not join her to make the day extra special. HURRY spaces are limited!

    • Treatments: Miji Jina foot treatment, Miji Polama hand treatment, Paudi scalp and hair treatment, finishing touch makeup application Price: $75.00 per person.

      Price includes high tea and your choice of two mini treatments. Payment is required at time of booking and is non refundable. Please let reception know of dietary requirements.

      Venue: Jindii EcoSpa, Franklin Building

      Bookings: Call our friendly reception staff to book your spot today. Phone (02) 6257 8777 or email relax@jindii.com.au

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  • Fascination of Plants Day

    Discover Australian eucalypt stories on a self-guided eucalypt trail or take a free guided walk to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day. Pick up your eucalypt trail brochure from the Visitor Centre. Free guided walks depart 11.00 am and 2.00 pm daily.

    Sun 18 May | 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

  • 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 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.

      Thursday 7 May
      No Thursday Talk on 7 May due to lunchtime concert.

      Thursday 14 May 12.30 pm
      Dr Michael Mulvaney ‘Red Hill Regenerators’
      Learn more about the natural history of Red Hill.

      Thursday 21 May 12.30 pm
      Professor Richard Duncan ‘The impact of humans; patterns of bird extinction in remote Pacific Islands’
      Hear about new approaches to reconstruct the massive extinctions caused by humans in the Pacific Islands.

      Thursday 28 May 12.30 pm
      Dr Dianne Gleeson ‘ Wildlife detection using environmental DNA’
      Discover DNA detection of wildlife management.

      Thursday 4 June 12.30 pm
      Dr Martin Fortescue ‘Booderee National Park: the jewel of Jervis Bay’
      Martin, Booderee National Park Resource Manager, will discuss a new book on Booderee NP written in collaboration between ANU and Booderee researchers and talk about some of the benefits of the enduring research partnership.

      Thursday 11 June 12.30 pm
      Dr Karen Viggers ‘Science + Fiction ≠ Science Fiction’
      Karen, a best-selling author and veterinarian, will speak about using fiction to bring readers closer to wild places and environmental issues.

      Thursday 18 June 12.30 pm
      Dr Tony Orchard ‘The Allan Cunningham: King’s collector for Kew’
      Tony, former Australian Botanical Liaison Officer at Kew, will talk about one of the most successful explorers and botanical collectors in the first half of the 19th century, Allan Cunningham.

      Thursday 25 June 12.30 pm
      Sherry McArdle-English ‘Truffles in the ACT region’
      Sherry, successful Canberra truffle grower, will describe her delightful journey with Snuffles, the truffle dog.

      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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  • Exhibitions in the Visitor Centre Gallery

    Focus on Nature Photographic Exhibition | 27 May – 28 June | 9.30 am - 4.30 pm | Free

    A collection of nature photographs with an emphasis on images from the Gardens. Framed photographs and prints for sale.

  • 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 – 16 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.

      School Holiday Hunts

      Fri 10 April | BOOKED OUT

      Fri 17 April | BOOKED OUT

      Fri 24 April | BOOKED OUT

      Fri 1 May | Book Now!

      $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.
    Storytime is on the first Friday each month.

    • Time: 10 - 11 am | Suitable for families
      When: Friday 1 May -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.