Australian National Botanic Gardens
- Clunies Ross St Acton
- 02-6250 9450
- admission free
- 8.30am-5pm Feb-Dec, to 6pm Mon-Fri & 8pm Sat & Sun Jan, visitors centre and bookshop 9.30am-4.30pm, guided walks 11am & 2pm, also 10am summer
Lonely Planet review for Australian National Botanic Gardens
Spread over 90 invigorating hectares on Black Mountain's lower slopes are these beautiful gardens, devoted to the growth, study and promotion of Australian floral diversity. While enjoying the gardens' tranquillity, take the Aboriginal Plant Use Walk (1km, 45 minutes), which passes through the cool Rainforest Gully. The Eucalypt Lawn is peppered with 600 species of this quintessential Aussie tree.
The visitors centre and bookshop is the departure point for free guided walks. Nearby is Hudsons in the Gardens, a pleasant cafe with a verdant aspect.