Ngunnawal Plant Use Book

Cover of the Ngunnawal Plant Use Book

A new field guide, Ngunnawal Plant Use, provides information on the native plants of the ACT region and their many Ngunnawal uses.

The ACT’s Traditional Owners, the Ngunnawal people, used and continue to use the plant resources of this region for food, medicine, tools and weapons, fire, ceremonial purposes, water, fibre, dye and paint.

The Field Guide

A robust, full-colour, A5, spiral-bound, 96-page field guide, Ngunnawal Plant Use includes:

  • An introduction to Ngunnawal history and natural resource use
  • A guide to using the book
  • Descriptions and photos of 69 plant species, including their Ngunnawal use, distribution, and method of propagation
  • Further reading and references.

How to purchase?

During the COVID-19 pandemic Ngunnawal Plant Use will not be available for purchase online, through Access Canberra or at the Namadgi or Tidbinbilla Visitor Centres. In addition, other retail outlets for the book may also be closed during this pandemic. Please contact other outlets directly for availability.

The book can be purchased for $22 (GST inclusive) from the following:

  • The Botanical Bookshop, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra
  • The Curatoreum, Village Centre, National Arboretum, Canberra
  • Greening Australia, Kubura Place, Aranda, Canberra
  • Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, Regatta Point, Canberra
  • Cool Country Natives, Pialligo, Canberra, ACT
  • Tumut Region Visitors Centre, Tumut, NSW

The $22 includes postage and handling for purchases made from this website. If you are a retailer and would like to purchase copies of the book at a wholesale price to sell to the public, please contact the Environment and Planning Directorate.


Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
Telephone: (02) 6205 2914 or (02) 6207 5032

If you don’t have access to the web for online payments – call Access Canberra 13 22 81 and they can assist you to purchase the book.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will support Aboriginal natural resource management in the ACT.

Partners that made the book possible

The book was developed by the Environment and Planning Directorate (EPD) in partnership with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, the United Ngunnwal Elders Council, the Ngunnawal community, Greening Australia, EPD Aboriginal trainees employed under the Caring for the Cotter catchment project and Murrumbung Yurung Murra staff (a network of ACT Government Aboriginal staff working in NRM, Heritage and Parks).Graphic Design and Production by Carolyn Brooks Illustration and Design.

Funding for the book was provided by the Australian Government.

For further information about the book – call 13 22 81 or email: