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“Still a fabulous representation of our flora”

Australian National Botanic Gardens
Ranked #13 of 234 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 18 July 2017

As someone who is botanically inclined, I have visited these gardens many times. My most recent visit until July 2017 (about 4 years ago) I thought the place was looking a little tired. On this visit, the gardens have been rejuvenated: the arid centre display, updated rockery area, Tasmanian and grassy woodland areas are very well done. The old reliables such as the Sydney Sandstone Flora area and the Rainforest walk are still brilliant. The area around the Visitor Centre with the non-vascular plants and ferns and orchids is also very nicely done. On the day we were there (school holidays), there were many life-size fibreglass dinosaurs scattered around the gardens, and the place had a vibrancy because there were so many families there - great to see the place attracting this many people.

The Bookshop is great too.

Even in the dead of winter there's still plenty to see. Well done ANBG !

1  Thank DidsterBenalla
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

If you like horticulture, this is a great walk. We only dod the Main Path Loop which took about an hour (we walked slowly), but if you take all the side excursion loops you can make an afternoon of it. It was a bit Chilly yesterday but in the Sun we warmed quickly and never felt "cold".. Very good display of vegitation and trees. I can see where families could make a picnic out of it. Excellent trails. Make sure you walk through the Rain Forest. This is a HIGHLY recommend day trip!!

1  Thank Jon M
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

During the school holidays they dinosaurs spread around the place, which kept the kids entertained.

The rest was mainly about different regions of Australia. Other Botanical gardens we have been to have exotic plants too.

It would be very difficult to see everything in one efficient loop. We wouldn't go back.

Thank Rohit G
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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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