Visiting the Herbarium

Visitors to the Australian Tropical Herbarium

Visitors wishing to use the herbarium collection, rather than the Public Reference Collections, should make prior arrangements with the curator Frank Zich (phone (07) 4059 5014) or the Director, Darren Crayn (phone (07) 4232 1859).

The Herbarium is open Monday to Friday, except public holidays. Working hours are 8:30am to 5:00 pm. Please sign in on arrival at reception.

Specimens and documents belonging to the visitor which are required for study must be frozen for 7 days before they will be allowed into the collection room. The freezing process eliminates the risk of introducing insect pests into the herbarium. Please contact the curator before your visit to arrange sending materials for freezing. Freezing is not required for specimens studied in the Public Reference Collection room only.

No specimens or books belonging to the Australian Tropical Herbarium may be taken from the herbarium without prior approval.

Visitors are required to follow procedures for the handling of herbarium specimens during their visit. This information will be provided upon arrival.

Collecting Permits

Visitors to Australia will require collecting permits in all States. The Australian Tropical Herbarium will not organise permits and visitors requiring collecting permits should visit the website of the relevant State regulatory agencies.

Visitors intending to export specimens from Australia are required to follow Australia's export regulations for biological specimens. Export of all specimens of native Australian plants including cryptogams must be covered by a CITES export permit or registration for facilitated exchange between scientific institutions. With prior agreement the Australian Tropical Herbarium may assist with the export of specimens to registered institutions.