Field Guides

Cover of the Field Guide to Plants of the Molonglo Valley Field Guide to Plants of the Molonglo Valley

The Molonglo Valley is a significant region in the ACT, known for its riverside landscapes, Aboriginal heritage and rich biodiversity. It is also home to nationally threatened ecological communities such as the Pink-tailed Worm-Lizard and Box-gum Grassy Woodland.

The Field Guide to Plants of the Molonglo Valley includes 394 native and exotic forb, fern, grass, sedge, rush, shrub and tree species, covering the majority of all known plant species to occur in the Molonglo Valley and lowland grasslands and woodlands across the region. It includes multiple photographs for each species, with key ID features, flowering and fruiting times, rare or weedy status, plant use and management notes, and a visual and text glossary of botanical terms.

The easy to use field guide provides a tool to members of the Canberra region to better appreciate, enjoy and understand the diversity of life on their doorstep.

How to purchase

The field guide can be purchased for $45 (GST included) at the following bookstores:

  • Botanical bookshop, ANBG
  • The Curatoreum, National Arboretum
  • National Library of Australia bookshop
  • Tidbinbilla visitor centre
  • Namadgi visitor centre

Alternatively, you can contact for sales and any further information about the book.

Cover of the Ngunnawal Plant Use Book Ngunnawal Plant Use

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.

This robust, full-colour, A5, spiral-bound, 96-page field guide 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. 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:

  • Online
  • Namadgi National Park Visitors Centre, ACT
  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Visitors Centre, ACT
  • 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
  • By phoning Access Canberra on 13 22 81

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 phone 02 6205 2914 or 02 6207 5032 or email

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.

Proceeds from the sale of the book support Aboriginal Natural Resource Management in the ACT.