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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
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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 1 week ago
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Evergem, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great interactive garden to show the kids around. Cafe served home cooked food and coffee. Our kids loved learning about the plant and what the locals used them for

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was rather shocked by the funky art you will find in these gardens - brilliant. Really well thought out gardens. Unfortunately the café had closed by the time I was there, so I cannot comment on that.

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