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“A beautiful oasis”

Australian National Botanic Gardens
Ranked #14 of 213 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.
Canberra
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“A beautiful oasis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

There are so many little garden areas to explore at the National Botanic Gardens - my favourite is the rainforest area, especially on a hot Canberra day when they turn on the mist sprinklers - it is truly an oasis. The gardens are a lovely place to take kids for a picnic (there is a cafe to buy food), and to run around after sightseeing. Make sure you take coins for the parking.

Visited January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Fantastic oasis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

Fantastic place on a very hot day cafe is great for breakfast lots of water dragons have seen an echidna here on a previous visit

Visited January 2013
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tiverton devon uk
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“evocative garden and walks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

extensive plant collection of unique Australian plant species, laid out in an easily understanable and beautiful way

Visited January 2013
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews
“Very serene...very lovely...very worthwhile”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

It's free to go into the Botanic Gardens aside from a very small charge for parking. This is a place it's easy to spend a few hours wandering around admiring the lovely flora displayed educationally throughout the entire gardens. You wouldn't realise you are in the middle of a city and I particularly enjoyed the Rainforest Gardens, the Rockpool and the Eucalypt displays. I can also highly recommend the caramel thickshake at the restaurant. There are alos quite a few items at the giftshop you are unlikely to find elsewhere. However, the best part about being in the gardens is that it is lovely and peaceful. Perfect for a nap under a shady tree or perhaps a relaxing picnic with family and friends. We noted they have concerts there on the weekend during January which are always and enjoyable way to spend some time. Thoroughly recommended.

Visited January 2013
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Auckland
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“A truly tranquil, restful place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

It costs nothing to attend the Botanic Gardens aside from a few dollars for parking but it is an experience with real value. The gardens are divided into numerous sections including rainforest, eucalypts and many other lovely spaces. There is a restaurant that serves the best thickshakes I have ever had and the entire place is an oasis of tranquility with many places to absorb nature at it's best. If you feel like a nap then this is the place to take your repose in an undisturbed setting. The plants are lovely, the stories about them well explained on all the information boards and the staff very friendly and informative. This is very thoroughly recommended.

Visited January 2013
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