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The Gardens host activites and events to suit all tastes, from our celebrated Summer Sounds concerts, to new and innovative workshops and exhibitions. And lots of outdoor fun for children and families. 


Crowea festival
August in the Gardens

Download a flyer of what's on in the Gardens in August.

Image: Crowea 'Festival'


The Secret Life of Plants

This self-guided science trail meanders through the Gardens and engages participants with the hidden secrets of Australian plants.

When: Saturday 16 August 2014 to Sunday 24 August 2014, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: Free
Other: Wheelchair accessible

Explore the lives of plants from their use by Indigenous Australians to ther cunning ploys to manipulate animals to their bidding. The trail includes 10 interactive stations where you can investigate the secret signals flowers give to insects under UV light, discover plant mimicry, and test your sense of smell. Through "sneaky science" participants will discover key botanical, plant evolution and ecology science concepts.

On Saturday 23 August, The Secret Life of Plants program will "go live" with the integration of speaking experts positioned at the various stations to facilitate hands-on learning, experimentation and deeper interpretation of the science stations. Visitors can try the Botanical Brainteaser competition with prizes awarded to the top-scoring participants.

Winter Walks with Famous Australians: Banksia to Wollemi

Take a walk with a guide and meet the plants that have shaped the Australian psyche.  Get up close to floral film stars, poetic flowers and literary leaves as you uncover the stories of Australia’s iconic plants.

When: Each Saturday during June, July and August
Time: 11.00 am
Venue: Depart Visitor Centre
Cost: Free | Exclusive bookings available for groups of 8 or more |$5 per person (min $30) | Group tour times negotiable | Bookings:

afterDARK Firefly Tours

Bring your ‘firelight’ into the Gardens as part of our winter afterDARK Firefly Tours. Participants begin by making their own lantern, then head out on a fascinating after dark discovery of the Gardens with our rangers. Explore the various garden habitats and habitants - including the beautifully lit Rainforest Gully. Note: Although Canberra is not a natural habitat of fireflies, guests will brighten the way with their own 'firefly lantern light' – just as these creatures do in the warmer regions of Australia.

When: Saturday 23 August NEW DATE; Saturday 2 August BOOKED OUT
Time: 6.30pm (gates open 6pm and close promptly at 6.30pm)
Venue: Crosbie Morrison Building
Cost: $22.50 adult, $16.50 child (5 – 16 yrs) (includes online booking fee)
Bookings: BOOK ONLINE | Bookings online essential and close 48 hours prior to event



Bush Magic Storytime

Enjoy Book Week stories and a craft activity in the Gardens.

When: 1 August | Storytime is on the first Friday each month
Time: 10 – 11 am
Where: 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
Cost: $5 per child | Suitable for pre-schoolers
Bookings: Not required

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Flora Explorer Tour bus

Flora Explorer Tours

Discover the Gardens in relaxing style in this one hour guided tour aboard a 12-seater electric bus.

When: Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays | 1.00 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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Thursday Talks 2014

A fascinating series of talks about Australian plants, plants of the world and special topics related to plants. Presented by the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

When: Thursdays from February to November
Time: 12:30pm
Where: Theatrette
Cost: Gold coin donation to the Friends of the ANBG

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Free guided walks
Free Guided Walks

Free Guided Walks by the Friends Volunteer Guides

Daily at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm
Meet at the Visitor Centre


Friends activities
Friends Events and Activities

See Friends' Calendar for special events and activities organised by the Friends of the ANBG



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