Our gardens

The gardens collection has over 6,300 species representing nearly one-third of Australia's known native plants and has over 78,000 plants growing on site.

The amazing collection is centred around a number of themes - plants are grouped according to their geographical origins, Indigenous uses, or with members of their botanical family. Some areas display Australia's rare and endangered plants or are grouped together for their horticultural attributes - suggesting ways to develop a garden at home.

The gardens below offer a fantastic introduction to the habitats and diversity of each region.

  • Red Centre garden

    Experience a selection of plants from Central Australia’s iconic and dominant plant communities.

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  • Asteraceae garden

    Highlighting the diversity within a single plant family, the daisy garden will features a number of species not grown before at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

    • More than 80 Australian daisy species, including 10 threatened species have been planted. In total 18,000 plants have been propagated by Gardens’ staff and planted in the garden - comprising 8,000 trees, shrubs and herbs and 10,000 annuals.

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  • Rainforest gully

    Escape to the cool, shady environment of the Rainforest Gully - one of the Gardens' most popular attractions.

    • Here you can take a journey from Tasmania to Queensland and see a selection of plants from the diverse rainforests of Australia’s eastern coastline.
      Wander the upper and lower boardwalks and experience the lush green ambience of the Gully. View the interpretive signs to learn more about Australia’s rainforests and plants. Feel the mist on your face with the daily misting of the lower gully.  

      Canberra’s coolest place to relax and rejuvenate in summer!
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  • Rock garden

    Check the time on the sundial, unwind by the waterfall or laze on the lawn.

    • Discover some of the smallest, most intricate plants in the Gardens nestled into specially prepared garden beds.

      Special soils in the Rock Garden allow cultivation of a wide variety of plants which naturally occur in habitats ranging from alpine areas to deserts. Many brightly coloured flowers add to the beauty of this special area of the gardens.
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  • Eucalypt lawn

    Find a restful spot to relax beneath more than 70 species of Australia’s most famous group of trees. A great place to picnic and hug a mighty tree.

    • About one-fifth of Australia's eucalypt species are represented on the Eucalypt Lawn. The grassy site is an excellent area for picnics. The Burbidge Amphitheatre is situated in the upper part of the Eucalypt Lawn, and the Ducrou Pavilion is a popular picnic spot.

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  • Sydney region gully

    Experience the extraordinary diversity of flora of the Blue Mountains and Sydney sandstone region with over 600 different plant species showcased in this section of the Gardens.

    • The sandstone formations of the Sydney Basin support one of the world's most diverse range of plants.

      Sydney heathland: Banksias, heaths, melaleucas and tea trees
      These tough plants grow in shallow soils in open wind-blown habitats. They cluster together and shelter each other from the worst of the wet weather.

      Sydney forest and woodland: Lilly-pillies, Gymea lilies and gum trees
      Wander through forest and woodland characteristic of the Sydney region and discover how the habitat changes as you journey from coastal to wet mountain forests.

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  • Display glasshouse CLOSED

    In preparation for the opening of The Ian Potter Foundation Conservatory in 2018.

  • Proteaceae - Banksias, waratahs, hakeas and grevilleas

    These tough, iconic native plants evolved to survive the arid Australian environment. Witness the beauty and diversity of flowers including (in spring) the unusual white waratah cultivar.

    • Many plants belonging to the family Proteaceae are grouped together in several displays throughout the Gardens. The plants often have great horticultural value.

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