The Australian National Botanic Gardens maintains a scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. The plants are displayed for the enjoyment and education of visitors and are used for research into plant classification and biology. A herbarium of preserved plant specimens is closely associated with the living collection.
The Gardens also cultivates plants threatened in the wild. This helps protect them against extinction and provides information which might assist re-introduction to their natural habitat.
Gardens area: 90 hectares (40 hectares developed)
There is a visitor centre to get information about the gardens as well as a bookshop and a cafe. It also has function facilities.
The Gardens are open from 8.30 am every day (except Christmas Day, 25 December). Closing time is 5 pm, except for January when they close at 6pm on weekdays and 8pm on weekends. The gates are locked when the Gardens are closed.