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Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Tuncks Road, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
+61 8 8952 2154
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A great place to visit.

Take the time to have a walk around this wonderful desert garden. Spectacular views and if you are... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Worth a visit if you appreciate local flora, birdlife, wallaby spotting, views, strolling by rare plant collections

Peaceful, natural, local, authentic, conservational and coversational visit, nice coffee and an... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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The 16 ha area that is now Olive Pink Botanic Garden was gazetted in 1956 as the Australian Arid Regions Flora Reserve after intense lobbying by the Garden’s founder, and first honorary curator, Miss Olive Muriel Pink.The Garden is part of a substantial area of contiguous Crown Land that extends east from the Todd River on the southern edge of the Alice Springs Central Business District. Prior to 1956 the land was unoccupied and grazed variously by feral goat, rabbit, and cattle populations, such that the vegetation on the floodplain area was fairly modified and devoid of tree and shrub cover when Miss Pink took up occupancy there in 1956.Miss Pink and her Warlpiri assistant gardeners spent the next two decades battling drought conditions and almost non-existent operational funding to develop Miss Pink’s vision for the Reserve. Together they planted a somewhat eclectic collection of trees and shrubs native to the central Australian region as well as various cacti, garden flowers, and introduced trees around Home Hut that could withstand the harsh summers.
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Tuncks Road, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
+61 8 8952 2154
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Take the time to have a walk around this wonderful desert garden. Spectacular views and if you are lucky some wildlife as well. Great coffee shop as well.

Thank agistheifers
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Peaceful, natural, local, authentic, conservational and coversational visit, nice coffee and an opportunity to mingle with friends or have a solitary reflective moment or a short stroll to a wonderful view

Thank AliceSpringsAnniek
Reviewed 12 October 2017

wow this place was amazing. for $5 we bought a guide and was able to identify each unique desert tree. apparently the coffee shop is amazing but we didn't try it.

Thank Rachel F
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Was so looking forward to visiting the Botanical Gardens. Plenty of parking, very few people. We went to the information/cafe. Hmmm. A tiny area,a very limited cafe. So many people waiting to be served. No way were there enough staff. So we decided to check...More

Thank Maggie F
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Many people have perceptions of Botanic gardens being large green lawned areas surrounded by well laid out trees and flower plantings. For a start these gardens are in a hot and arid landscape, so the former is not the case. What you will find is...More

Thank Janelle R
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Entry to the gardens is free, but it is worthwhile purchasing the guidebook for $5.00. There was a pile of books beside a tall box marked donation. I just put the $5.00 in there. The trees on the walks are numbered and correspond with the...More

Thank WoodgateFamily
Reviewed 14 September 2017

It seems like they put a fence around a piece of land, which is exactly the same as the surroundings. I guess this is good if it is preserved, but your time may be better served just by going for a hike around Alice. Very...More

Thank emjunck
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Most people seem to gravitate to the very inviting café at the centre of the gardens. Food was fantastic. Gardens are well laid out with an informative book available available to guide you through the various plantings. There is a walking track from town, along...More

Thank Vaughan2014
Reviewed 10 September 2017

A most amazing walk thru some of our not so common now botanical species and some still very common floral species. The garden was started ( I believe) in about '56 by Ms Olive Muriel Pink to preserve some of the areas flora that was...More

Thank Wally H
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Definitely not the lush botanical gardens we are all familiar with but a good way to experience Australian native desert plants. Very dry & not too many flowering when we visited . There is a nice little cafe where we enjoyed & shared our breakfast...More

Thank jdnAustralia
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