Australian National Botanic Gardens

Australian National Botanic Gardens

On the very warm Friday, 27th December 2019, during a trip to Canberra, Maggie and I visited the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG).


This is a garden one walks into, enveloped, rather than walking beside. It’s a garden that replicates complete natural habitats, as opposed to exhibiting isolated plants or massed clumps as specimens.


Throughout the 35 hectares there are over 6000 species of Australian native plants, displayed in “themed” areas.

While we had a map of the garden and could easily see where some of the themed areas were, we mostly just wandered around. So I didn’t always take note of our location and now cannot label all of the areas in which photos belong (e.g. the photo above).

Rainforest Gully takes one from Tasmania to Queensland (this one was obvious).

DSC05874Artificial mist in the Tasmania section

DSC05878DSC05879DSC05882DSC05891DSC05894DSC05897DSC05904A very dangerous bird, the Cassowary lurking in the Queensland rain forest section

Rock Gardens


While I don’t know the name of the theme for the following photos, I do recognise some of the plants.

DSC05909Gymea Lilies and Grass Trees

DSC05914Eucalyptus Leucoxylon??? (Feel free to correct me)

DSC05953DSC05921Several varieties of Eucalyptus trees



The very dry Red Centre Garden


DSC05928A slightly oversized “Thorny Devil” Lizard




A mixture of Kangaroo Paw and Grass Trees


And the strangest plant in the gardens

DSC05951“The Four Trunked Blue Pipe” 

ANBG is an interesting place, but plan your visit for the moderate weather of spring or  autumn. Canberra can be unpleasantly warm in summer and cold in winter.

The Gardens can be found at Clunies Ross Street, Acton ACT, Australia and are open from 8.30 am – 5pm daily.


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