What Is Botanica?

Botanica is a brand new Gin, Food & Spirits Festival coming to the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra this September, 2023. Botanica is a premium, immersive experience that takes you on a journey through the botanicals that are used to craft some of Australia’s best Gins, Spirits, snacks & food.

The festival features a number of experiences including gin and spirit tastings from Aussie producers, market stalls, live entertainment, pop-up installations, food trucks, a licensed bar, and so much more!

Event Info

Getting There

Botanica Festival is at The Australian National Botanic Gardens on the Eucalpyt Lawn.

Clunies Ross St, Acton, ACT, 2601


Gates open at 1:00PM on both Saturday and Sunday with queueing starting at 12:30PM. The event runs until 5:00PM. You can arrive anytime up until 4:30PM and still gain access. No pass-outs allowed.

Please note the service of alcohol (including tastings) will close 20 minutes before the end of the event.

As Botanica is an event that has many vendors selling alcohol all attendees must be 18 years or older and must have a ticket to attend this event. ID’s will be checked upon entry. Unfortunately this also means no infants / babies. 

YES! Each vendor will be selling a range of full-sized gin/spirits bottles & products for you to purchase. Botanica is offering a Shop and Drop service or a “cloak room” to store your purchased items while you continue browsing, shopping and enjoying the many activities Botanica has to offer.

All takeaway sales must remain sealed until you leave the event. A no tolerance policy is in place for anyone that breaks the rules.

Just don’t forget to collect your goodies on the way out!

There will be a variety of food trucks, vans and vendors to purchase food from throughout the festival, as well as some tastings and samples from a couple stall holders.

Most dietary requirements will be catered for and full list of food vendors will be published closer to event day. 

Please note vendors are subject to change.

Coffee and other non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the festival. Free water will also be available at the event.

If you want to sit down and enjoy a cocktail with your friends, we also have a pop-up bar onsite for you to purchase a relaxing drink with your food and entertainment.

Botanica is a Cashless event. Card is the preferred method All distillers and food vendors will accept EFTPOS payments. Some vendors may accept cash but this is not guaranteed.

You can purchase your tickets online through the Botanica website. We do not have an onsite box office and all tickets must be purchased before you arrive. Tickets are limited so we suggest purchasing early to avoid disappointment.

No worries at all. Sometimes our confirmation emails get lost in your junk inbox or a typo was made upon checkout.

Email us at hello@arclighteventco.com.au and we will resend them. Otherwise there is also a door list on the day that we can search your ticket from.

Yes. Simply show your tickets displayed on your phone at the gate. Just make sure you have them ready before you reach the gate to avoid unnecessary queues.

Refunds are not available if you are no longer able to attend or change your mind. Depending on availability you may be able to exchange to the alternate date on sale (fees apply).

Refunds are only issued if the event is cancelled. If you can no longer attend, you may give or sell your ticket to another person. Tickets are fully transferable for the same session on the scheduled day.

No. Botanica is a fully licensed event. You will have access to free tastings and a bar to purchase full serves of drinks. 

Take home purchases can be made from the distillers, but must remain sealed.

There will be a variety of food options available at the event so you don’t need to worry about bringing your own food.

Bags will be checked on the way in so we suggest not risking bringing anything in.

Botanica is hosted in The Australian National Botanic Gardens which is an entire smoke and vape free event/venue.

Sadly no. As much as we love our furry friends, we have restrictions set by the National Botanic Gardens.

Botanica is an outdoor event and will continue in mild rain. If the weather does become dangerous and we have to cancel the event, all ticket holders will be notified and refunds will be provided. No refunds will be given if you decide not to attend but the event still goes ahead.

If we cancel we will:

  • SMS the mobile number of the person who booked your ticket (hopefully they’ll share this with you, if it wasn’t you).
  • Email the person who booked your ticket with instructions and information about what to do next.