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Acton

It’s a precinct that blends cultural experiences perfectly with nature, where modern offices are draped in living greenery set alongside heritage buildings and the vast Australian National University campus. NewActon is the  edgier hipster slice of this ‘hood and features hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants. You’ll find two of Australia’s social history museums here, too.

Highlights of the area

Heritage meets modern architecture

From the UFO-like Shine Dome to the eco-friendly Nishi building and visually spectacular National Museum of Australia, design is in this area's DNA.

Gardens house our national treasures

Walk through the biggest collection of Australian flora housed in the sprawling Australian National Botanic Gardens at the base of Black Mountain.

Close to the city

Acton is home to some of the city's pre-eminent cultural jewels connected by lush greenery and public art trails.

Australian National Botanic Gardens Jindii Eco Spa massage in the rainforest.
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Australian National Botanic Gardens

Opened in 1970, the Gardens give you the opportunity to explore approximately one‑fifth of Australia’s diverse and spectacular flora in a bushland setting. With over 4,300 species set within 35 hectares, a journey through this oasis is a journey through Australia's many eco-systems.

Nestled within the Gardens refuel at Pollen Cafe, be inspired at the bookshop, or recharge with a massage at Jindii Eco Day Spa.

Australian National Botanic Gardens
Still from Temple showing a Galah
5 Apr – 30 Jun 2024

Temple

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton
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Banner for series
13 Feb – 10 Dec 2024

The Journey of Australian Science: Tracing our History, Discovering New Paths

Shine Dome, Acton
Next on 13 Aug 2024 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Challenge Canberra triathlete competing in Challenge Canberra 2023
26 Nov 2023 – 17 Nov 2024

Challenge Canberra Triathlon Festival

Rond Terrace, Acton, Acton
Next on 16 Nov 2024 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Items on display in the ANU Classics Museum

ANU Classics Museum

Acton, ACT
Diprotodon at the Australian National Botanic Gardens
1–31 Jul 2024

Magnificent MEGAfauna: Hide and Seek

Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton
Next on 1 Jul 2024 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
'Vanishing Point' 2019, exhibition installation view.

ANU School of Art & Design Gallery

Acton, ACT
Still from Casper showing an animated ghost hovering above a sleeping child
14 Jun 2024

Casper | Pizza & Pyjama Screening

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton
Next on tomorrow from 6:00pm to 8:15pm
Still from Fight Club showing two men facing each other
16 Jun 2024

Fight Club + Discussion with Andrew Hutchinson and Kaya Wilson | Book Club at the NFSA

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton
Next on 16 Jun 2024 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Still from Network showing a woman holding a newspaper with the headline 'Beale Fired'
27 Jun 2024

Network

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton
Next on 27 Jun 2024 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Promotional image for Newsfront showing two men with news camera equipment
30 Jun 2024

Newsfront

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton
Next on 30 Jun 2024 from 1:00pm to 2:50pm
Still from Nightcrawler showing a man standing outside at night
29 Jun 2024

Nightcrawler

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton
Next on 29 Jun 2024 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Promotional image for The Trust Fall showing Julian Assange with his arms crossed across his chest
25 Jun 2024

The Trust Fall: Julian Assange | Special Screening + In Conversation

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton
Next on 25 Jun 2024 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Photograph showing south view of Garden of Australian Dreams, National Museum of Australia
4 Apr 2023 – 3 Apr 2025

Breathing Space

National Museum of Australia, Acton
Next on today from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Towering Watercolour by Elizabeth Truswell
5–30 Jun 2024

Gardens of Academe

Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton
Next on today from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Still from Muru showing a man on a quad bike followed by others on horseback with flags
20–23 Jun 2024

BIRRARANGGA Film Festival

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton
Next on 20 Jun 2024
Bao
22 Jun 2024

The Forage

Acton Waterfront, Acton
Next on 22 Jun 2024 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Detail of scroll depicting four Egyptian  figures with hieroglyphics running along the top section
15 Dec 2023 – 8 Sep 2024

Discovering Ancient Egypt

National Museum of Australia, Acton
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    A group of friends dining at Rizla, a restaurant in Braddon.

    Braddon

    Highroad cafe

    Dickson and surrounds

    Customers enjoying their meal in the outdoor dining area at Verity Lane Market.

    City Centre