Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra

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National Park Garden
Explore the many paths at Australian National Botanic Gardens. They will take you through the national collection of Australian native plants, including banksias, grevillias, and callistemons. The main loop is about 1.5 km (0.9 mi) of mostly flat terrain and well-marked paths. The glasshouse features ferns and pitcher plants, while the treetop walk and gully boardwalk showcase the colors and sounds of the rainforest. Birdlife is abundant (honeyeaters, wattlebirds, and even a Satin bowerbird). It is not uncommon to also see wallabies and echidna bumbling about and lizards sunbathing on rocks. For Australian National Botanic Gardens and beyond, use our Canberra vacation route planner to get the most from your Canberra vacation.
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TripAdvisor
  • The ANBG contains 100% Australian native plant species; and the largest collection in the country. Also great just for a walk around or through-one can take in a large amount in just 1 hour. Excellent...  more »
  • The new Pollen cafe is beautifully presented - such a delight to walk in. Service was excellent, with good coffee.  more »
  • We just finished our free guided tour with Steve and would definitely recommend this if visiting the gardens. Steve's expert knowledge of all things botanical intertwined with some great anecdotes mad...  more »
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  • A great place to rediscover the plants. Ample parking (paid). Informative free tours. Area is large but can tailor to how much walking you want to do. A smaller kids trail made it fun for the little ones. Several areas which are nice for picnics. Washroom clean. Water bubblers available. Cafe which can get a little crowded.
  • Poor service, unhelpful and unprofessional service at register and table. Frozen, oven cooked bread served that was still raw dough in centre. Tasteless dips. 10 dollar hot chips. Coffee was fine. Openly complaining about other customers while serving me at register. It now looks very pretty though.
  • Arrived at 2:45. Was told had to drink out of paper cups because they closed at 3. Said we didn't like paper cups as they were not recyclable. Then as we sat down to drink, told to drink up fast as they were closing at 3. Very unwelcoming and dismissive. Perhaps they feel they don't have to treat their customers well as they have a captive clientele because of the delightful environment, but we won't be coming again.
  • Such a humble, beautiful reminder of nature's beauty. The native plants and different temperate zones are showcased gorgeously, and I have walked away from my visit with a few gardening ideas of my own :) Green thumb alert!
  • Stunning and beautiful place. Lots variety of plants come from different state and still spreading. The free tour guide is awesome.