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Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Tuncks Road, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
+61 8 8952 2154
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Free, but couldn't see a difference from the surrounding desert

It seems like they put a fence around a piece of land, which is exactly the same as the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Seattle, Washington
Gardens and Café - Perfect start to the day

Most people seem to gravitate to the very inviting café at the centre of the gardens. Food was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stawell, Australia
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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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not far from the city centre, desert pink is a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the local surrounds. The food is large and cheap with great service from some interesting staff from around the world - I happened to walk in as a staff...More

Thank Myles T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this garden to fill in time as it was located not far from our hotel. I guess you would call it a typical outback dry native garden & the walking tracks were well marked. There was not much out in flower & if...More

Thank travella2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely place to chill out, wander or just sit and enjoy watching birds, Kangaroos and take time out. Nice when not too many people there.

Thank Marina M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a shame this isn't being kept tidy. I understand the shortage of water but what about the weeds. Even the huge trees were struggling. Other places have a drip system for their plants......someone needs to take a look at this. It could be a...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Made a pleasant enough short visit, interesting look at some native plants. The disappointment was that there was a sign by an open door requesting a $5 donation for a guide book, except there was no one in and no reference to where to donate,...More

Thank PMQuestions
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Lovely for a walk around. We saw some Kangaroos just having a nibble quite close up. Plant species were diverse and the brekkie options were really good.

Thank Andrea P
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