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2017 Australasian Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides Conference - Informed Guiding: Discovering the mystery and magic of our Gardens

Your Stay in Canberra

Spring in Canberra is Flower Time. Canberra’s well-known flower show, Floriade, ends on Sunday 15th October 2017 – the first day of our Conference. The ANBG will be full of spring flowers and some of the Arboretum trees will be in blossom.


However, be aware that the wind in Canberra comes from the southwest and passes over the Snowy Mountains en route, where it most definitely is not spring yet. Temperatures are usually in the high-teens/low-twenties during the day but drop to below 10C at night.

What to wear

You will need to dress in layers – a warm outer layer for the early mornings and evenings. Rain is unpredictable. Bring a raincoat and umbrella as insurance.

Comfortable walking shoes are definitely a good idea as there will be quite a lot of walking between venues. The Conference Dinner is a more formal occasion, so do include some smart-casual clothes for that event.


September and October are the busiest time of the year in Canberra. The week of the Conference is a parliamentary sitting week, in addition to being a busy time for tourists. We would advise you to organise your accommodation in plenty of time.


You will find an interactive map of the ANU campus on their website. University House has parking for people who are staying there. Parking on the ANU campus and parking at the Shine Dome, on the edge of the ANU Campus is nigh impossible. Parking close to the Shine Dome costs up to $9 for 3 hours or $14 a day at the moment.

The National Library of Australia, which is not on the ANU campus, has three hour paid parking. There will be buses to take us to the NLA on Tuesday.

Walking is the best option. This printable map of the ANU campus will make life a lot easier for you.

Thinking of visiting Canberra before the Conference starts?

There is a lot to do in Canberra, if you are thinking of spending some time here before the Conference. If you Visit Canberra, you will discover 'Great Things to do and see in Canberra'

If you are in Canberra on the morning of Sunday 15th October, you may like to book a place on the Wake up with the Birds tour at the Botanic Gardens. This is an opportunity to see the Gardens early in the day, meet some of the local fauna and possibly enjoy breakfast at the café after your walk. These walks are popular and you will need to book, closer to the time. This is not a conference function and must be booked and paid via the internet. If you join our email list, we will let you know when bookings for this tour open. There is also an early bird walk at the ANBG, as part of the ‘Birds and Capital Country Gardens’ conference excursion on Wednesday.

Spa offer

Jindii EcoSpa advertisement - call (02) 6257 8777

Conference participants are offered a special menu of spa treatments at Jindii EcoSpa, located in the grounds of the Botanic Gardens.

Ring Jindii on (02) 6257 8777 before 8 October to book your 30-minute treatment, and don't forget to mention that you are attending the conference.























Last updated on 27 September 2017

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