Australian Capital Territory 2021

Celebrating National Wattle Day in the National Capital

Tuesday 31 August

Government House

Virtual celebration with the Governor-General and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley for National Wattle Day and choristers from the ACT Primary Concert Choir conducted by Katharine Finlayson. Organised in collaboration with the Wattle Day Association. The Choir sang ”The Wattle Song – music, lyrics and recording can be found on the ‘For Schools’ page.


Check out the video of the 13 choristers singing ‘The Wattle Song’ for their Excellencies:


After dark on Tuesday 31 August and Wednesday 1 September
The National Carillon will light up in green and gold in celebration!

Lighting sponsored by Care Collaborative Pty Ltd


National Carillon Canberra   Photo: Courtesy Professor Robert Care

Canberra is lighting up gold and green for National Wattle Day!

See the Telstra Tower, the National Carillon, Questacon, Old Parliament House, the Shine Dome, the National Screen and Sound Archives, The Royal Australian Mint, the Ian Potter Foundation Centre and Canberra Airport ring road in yellow.

* Due to the Covid- 19 shutdown in the ACT until at least 2 September 2021,
the following events on this page have been cancelled.

Up at the National Arboretum Canberra
(on the weekends of 28 & 29 Aug. and 4 & 5 Sept.)

Download a flyer here

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 August

Talk in the Green Room ‘Wattle in your pocket’ by Dr Phillip Kodela

This 15-minute talk is free but be quick to get your seat – numbers limited

1.45 pm – 2 pm on both Sat. 28 and Sun. 29 August.

Dr Phillip Kodela with a larger-than-life $100 banknote
– but it’s not worth more!


Wattle Day Association’s ‘Wattle Corner’
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Aug.

9 am to 4 pm


The Wattle Walk at Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP)

Book your wattle walk at the Arboretum

Saturday 4 September

11 am-12 pm led by Jennie Widdowson
2 pm-3 pm led by Jane Cottee

 Book here for either walk:

Sunday 5 September

11 am-12 pm led by Jane Cottee
2 pm-3 pm led by Jane Cottee

Book for 11 am: 

Book for 2 pm

Wattle seed propagation workshops at the National Arboretum Canberra

Grow your own Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) – Australia’s floral emblem)!

Golden Wattle seedlings ready for planting

Bookings and payment for Golden Wattle Propagation workshop required through the National Arboretum Canberra website.

Saturday  September
10 am – 11 am

Book propagation workshop here for 11 am:

1 pm – 2 pm

Book propagation workshop for 1 pm here



Wednesday 1 September – National Wattle Day!

Wattle Day Dinner for members of the Wattle Day Association Inc.

Details to be announced.



Past events

Interview on ABC Radio 666
1.10 pm Thursday 19 August with Adrienne Francis and Suzette Searle, President WDA) about the terrific flowering of wattle around Canberra this year and how wattle pollen is not the likely cause of allergies (hayfever and asthma).

Weston Creek VIEW Club

Tuesday 3 August

11.30 Lunch meeting Weston Creek VIEW Club
Southern Cross Club Woden

‘Wattle – A Symbol of Australia’
Lunch time talk by Dr Suzette Searle
President Wattle Day Association Inc.