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Inspiring, informing and connecting people with the Australian flora

The Australian National Botanic Gardens maintains a scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. The plants are displayed for the enjoyment and education of visitors and are used for research into plant classification and biology. A herbarium of preserved plant specimens is closely associated with the living collection.

The Gardens also cultivates plants threatened in the wild. This helps protect them against extinction and provides information which might assist reintroduction to their natural habitat.


Experience the early morning in the Gardens on a 1 1/2 hour guided walk to see many of the Gardens' amazing birds, including cockatoos, parrots and honeyeaters and where to encounter them | Saturdays and Sundays 23 September through 15 October, 7.45 am | Suitable for over 8 years old | $15 or $12 for Friends of the Gardens | Bookings essential

Coming Up

JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM Discover the sounds, smells and textures of the Gardens at night, starting in the magic of the specially lit, misty rainforest. Search for and learn about all kinds of nocturnal animals that call the Gardens home and then warm up with hot Milo and a snack | Saturday 30 September | 6.30 pm  - 8.00 pm

FLORA EXPLORER TOURS Discover the Gardens in relaxing style with a 45 min guided tour aboard our 13-seater electric bus | Sat, Sun and public holidays at 10.30 am and 1.30 pm; Additional tours 10.30 am every Tues and Thurs 16 September – 15 October | Purchase tickets in the Botanical Bookshop.

Pollen is now open Pollen, a café featuring healthy, modern, wholesome food and relaxed dining experience, is NOW OPEN at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
Bookings available via Pollen website

FRUIT, FLOWERS, FUNGI and FEATHERS An assortment of botanical and wildlife paintings, and drawings from specimens found in the Gardens. | Until 1 October

More information on these and other events and on how to make bookings is available at the Gardens' What's on page