The Golden Wattle (scientific name: Acacia pycnantha) is Australia's national floral emblem, and it mainly grows in south-eastern Australia, notably around the ACT, in southern NSW, in the Adelaide Hills and widely in Victoria. Indigenous Australians have a strong traditional relationship with a number of wattle species, which have been used by them for food, fuel, medicine and various woodcrafts.
The flowering season is late winter to early spring which is why Canberrans are now seeing golden wattle blossoming everywhere. September 1 has been officially declared National Wattle Day in Australia, and here in Canberra, the National Arboretum and the Australian National Botanic Gardens will be celebrating with a range of activities including:
Wattle Walks 29 August - 1 September at the National Arboretum
See more than ten types of beautiful wattles coming into bloom and hear stories about our national floral emblem on this special 1 hour guided Wattle Walk in the Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park (STEP) and other areas of the Arboretum.
Walks take place on Saturday 29th August from 11am - 12pm, and Tuesday 1st September from 11am - 12pm.
Cost is Adult: $5 and Children (12 - 16 years): Free. The walks are suitable for children over 12 years.
Please meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre. You will need a water bottle, sturdy enclosed footwear and dress for the weather. Bookings are limited to 8 to ensure social distancing can be practised. You can book your tickets here. The Arboretum is located at Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley.
Wattle Day Propagation Workshop & Guided Walk - 30 August at the National Arboretum
Get your hands dirty and learn about planting acacia seeds during a propagation workshop and take home your own potted Golden Wattleseed from the original wattle plantings by Charles Weston. You will also go on a guided walk and see more than ten types of beautiful wattles coming into bloom and hear stories about our national floral emblem. Taking place on Saturday 30th August from 10.30am - 12pm. Cost is $15 per person. Suitable for children over 12 years.
Please meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre.
You will need gardening gloves, water bottle, sturdy enclosed footwear and dress for the weather.
Bookings are limited to 10 to ensure social distancing can be practised. Please book your tickets here.The Arboretum is located at Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley.
Wattle Walks - guided walks at the Australian National Botanic Gardens
Taking place every day from August 29-September 6 from 11am-12pm, this is your chance to wander through the wattles while they are in full bloom.
Join a Volunteer Guide to hear about the symbolism and cultural history of the genus Acacia on this one-hour walk. Along the way, you'll learn fascinating stories about this widespread genus, and enjoy the first signs of spring.
Tours are available of up to 10 people maximum from up to two household groups to maintain physical distancing in the Gardens.
Please meet at the clock near the bridge. No bookings required. The Gardens are located at Clunies Ross Street, Acton.