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Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Stuart Highway, Port Augusta, South Australia 5000, Australia
+61 8 8641 9116
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Beautiful Plants

If you are wanting to see arid plants this is the place to visit. Plants from many different areas... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gwen G
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Sooooo Good

A great place to visit. There is quite a bit of walking but a very well set out and garden place... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Judi R
Brisbane, Australia
via mobile
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The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden was established in 1993 to research, conserve and promote the wider appreciation of Australia’s arid zone flora. Located on the shores of Upper Spencer Gulf with spectacular views to the ancient Flinders Ranges, the Garden showcases a diverse collection of arid zone habitats in a picturesque setting of more than 250 hectares.As well as its stunning selection of arid zone plants, the garden is also home to more than 100 species of birds, and has a diverse population of repltiles, mammals and insects.It features a children's animal discovery trail, AridSmart display gardens where you can see how to use the plants in you home garden, and a visitor centre, which incorporates the Bluebush Cafe and the AridSmart Gift and Garden Shop. The cafe has mouthwatering menu choices and you can't go past the Quandong Smoothies. The AridSmart Gift and Garden Shop is where you can purchase a piece of the garden to take home. Its range of AridSmart plants will not only reduce your water bills but will bring the beauty of Australia's plants into your garden.
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Stuart Highway, Port Augusta, South Australia 5000, Australia
+61 8 8641 9116
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are wanting to see arid plants this is the place to visit. Plants from many different areas, rare plants and a new childrens area are just a few really interesting things to view in this 200 ha Garden.

Thank Gwen G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to visit. There is quite a bit of walking but a very well set out and garden place. They even sell plants and the cafe is very popular. They showcase all the bush tucker plants and give simple explanations. Very enjoyable.

Thank Judi R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went out to view the gardens and see what they had on offer very pleasant visit although very hard to find a car park when we arrived as they had the 10 am guided tour on sampled the wedges and scones in the restaurant and...More

Thank Sharlene K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We brought our 2 young children to the gardens and found it both accessible and informative and the fact it's free is a bonus! We spoke to a couple of staff/volunteers while we walked around who were friendly and informative and it was a great...More

1  Thank LaniSV
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited these gardens about 7 years ago and was determined to call here again on my next visit from the uk. The gardens are a mecca for bird watchers and anyone interested in plants, especially dry area plants. The gardens are well laid out...More

Thank JackoMiddlesbrough
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in quickly as this is rated the number one attraction in Port Augusta! Clearly we may have come at the wrong time of year as there really was nothing to look at ! In saying that, the coffee was good and parking great for...More

1  Thank 360lovetotravel360
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous! A lovely walking experience! The office had closed but we could still walk around, admire and take photos!

Thank CF0803
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic lookout and I am told the coffee at the visitors centre is the best in town. Even the locals go here. You can access the lookout via the garden entrance (caravan access also) or from the bottom of the lookout via a road beside...More

Thank Benjamin S
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Wished we'd been here when the Sturt Desert Peas were out. Garden walks are well laid out and would be great with flowering plants. Staff were great in the gift shop. The views of the start of the Flinders Ranges are beautiful. This will even...More

Thank DebC1967
Reviewed 26 May 2017

We left a few hours free in Port Augusta to visit the gardens and werent disappointed. Nicely laid out with easy walking tracks and several bird hides. Birdos left happy! A few more signs identifying plants would be good.

Thank Chris B
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Beth H
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Response from Grandma07012007 | Reviewed this property |
The entry to the gardens was free