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Olive Pink Botanic Garden

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Address: Tuncks Road, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 8 8952 2154
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00

The 16 ha area that is now Olive Pink Botanic Garden was gazetted in 1956...

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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Worth it: nice walk and views

Worth setting aside 1-2 hours here. There's a relatively short climb up to a nice lookout point over Alice Springs. And in addition to all the bird life, we saw several wallabies... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 November 2016
Montreal, Canada
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Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Could be much more. Native plants abound but lack of signage is disappointing. It's just like the surrounding bush land. Saving grace is the nice little coffee shop with friendly staff.

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Having been around for over a week done a few visits of local attractions for a botanical park it was just like the other areas; yes it is free to walk around with a cafe to refreesh

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Evergem, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Quite and arid garden as you would expect from the location so the plant life is rather limited. Nice place to have a wander however, and there are a couple of tame kangaroos to entertain

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Worth setting aside 1-2 hours here. There's a relatively short climb up to a nice lookout point over Alice Springs. And in addition to all the bird life, we saw several wallabies around 9am.

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Burgess Hill, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

It's interesting to wander around but nothing to write home about. Different flora to see and some animals and birds. Passed a couple of hours.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Great spot for the resident bower bird, he does not disappoint. Also, good for getting a basic handle on the endemic/native plants. The story of Olive Pink herself is worth the trip but don't miss the Sturts desert pea at the entrance. As peas go, it's a beaut. Saw plenty of cockatoos, a wallaby, Port Lincoln parrot, a galah, and... More 

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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

We walk around the gardens. Only trees and some wolabies. The land is very dry , and it is not like botanic gardens that we wolk in sedney....did not like it very much..

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

The gardens a beautiful in the harsh way of the desert. The information provided is very good. We saw 4 kangaroos including a Joey. Also the birds and butterflies. If your looking for rolling green expanse this is not it. This a native garden which is wonderful as you get to "walk around in the bush". And the information centre... More 

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Moncton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

A short walk from our hotel we had to check out the Olive Pink Botanic Garden while we were in Alice Springs a few weeks ago. It is a lovely gardens set up in town with wildlife accustomed to people and little birds that would try to steal your food which was fun. We enjoyed our time wandering around in... More 

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Bern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The garden is just a few minutes' walk from the city center away. It is a nice spot to have a picnic or just enjoy reading. The short climb to Meyer's Hill is worth the effort, the view from up there is excellent. Unfortunately, you cannot watch the sunset, as the garden is closed at 6pm.

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