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“Beautiful gardens to explore”

Australian National Botanic Gardens
Ranked #13 of 236 things to do in Canberra
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The national collection of Australian native plants; inspiring, informing and connecting people with the Australian flora.
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

We were here on a cold, drizzly afternoon and had a great time. As we only had an hour or so until the gardens closed we followed the main path and saw lots of interesting plants, some gorgeous local birds that popped in and to the kids delight dinosaurs too!

The desert garden is wonderful with its beautiful red sand and rocks that reminded us of the north of WA and master 10 was particularly thrilled to see the giant sculpture of a thorny devil as it is his favourite animal.

The dinosaurs we discovered provided props for some very funny photos and the kids loved discovering them especially in the rainforest area. The lighting in this area was also quite cool. Your staff member dressed as a dinosaur was also very amusing and made the boys laugh out loud which is never a bad thing.

The park is well signed and has lots of little spots to stop and take in your surrounds as well as picnic areas, toilets, a visited centre that smells amazing and a cafe.

Unfortunately the cafe closes early in winter and we just missed out on getting a hot coffee for our walk.

There is a good amount of tickets parking available.

Thank TeaTreePink
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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful garden with large open areas. The special dinosaurs exhibit is fun for the children to explore. Bring your picnic and enjoy the sunshine.

Thank Winnie W
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

The gardens are beautiful and very relaxing to wander through. Whatever you do you must take a packed lunch or or leave and eat elsewhere. The cafe is awful - food is very ordinary and the staff are unhappy and impatient. The meal experience was not the relaxing time to reflect on the visit with friends and to check photos

Thank slessli
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We had tremendous enjoyment at an After Dark Event organised in the Botanical Gardens 1st July. It was the precursor to having our 5-year-old grandson stay-over for a first so there was great excitement, on both sides!

The event began with lantern-making: for some-one Type A the initial lack of instructions/instructor had me stressing out - fortunately; my husband, ever calm and invariably pragmatic, reminded me that this was a fun event and there was no wrong way to make a paper lantern!

Our ranger was very good indeed: she engaged meaningfully with old and young alike, without ever seeming condescending to the most inane of questions/comments - informative, without overload.

The event blurb did advise the need for reasonable fitness/ability and this was good advice: the combination of pitch darkness (even with our well-constructed lanterns) and unfamiliar, uneven terrain was a challenge, in parts. I was grateful that the ranger paced the walk appropriately.

The sudden sightings of overhead terra dactyls, the swirling atmospheric 'freezing fog' in the undergrowth and encroaching dinosaurs made for great excitement all round. We were sure the warmth of the car, accompanied by the late hour, would have sent our 5-year-old off to sleep: not so! He was still chattering about the event an hour after we arrived home.

Thank you National Botanical Gardens Canberra: we had a wonderful memorable event/evening.

Thank vanessa22015
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We've come to Canberra many times and will admit never gave the Gardens much thought. However the Dino Walk during the holidays enticed us. We are glad it did. It was a wonderful opportunity to explore the entire of the gardens whilst finding the dinosaurs. Our fav was the rainforest Walk section. Thanks for a great free school holiday activity.

Thank Katybrennan1984
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