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Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Stuart Highway, Port Augusta, South Australia 5000, Australia
+61 427 840 391
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Wonderful gardens for adults and nature playground for children

Great place to have a coffee and stroll in the native gardens. Varies throughout the year with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jonodeb
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Adelaide, Australia
Interesting to see what grows in the dry ground

We walked around for about an hour - could have been there much longer. Rewarded ourselves with a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
M5205ZRsuet
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Mirboo North
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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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“gift shop” (21 reviews)
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Stuart Highway, Port Augusta, South Australia 5000, Australia
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+61 427 840 391
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to have a coffee and stroll in the native gardens. Varies throughout the year with what's flowering so go anytime. Sturt Desert Peas were in flower in June.

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to give a review. I'm really glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked around for about an hour - could have been there much longer. Rewarded ourselves with a trip into the cafe there - coffee and cake was excellent. Clean surroundings and staff were pleasant.

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for the wonderful review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. Maybe we'll see you again some time.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a short photo taking at the Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout (within the garden complex) we stopped at the Visitor Centre actually for the toilets. As we were in a rush, didn't have time to eat in the restaurant but saw some people did...More

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi GabyVM Thanks so much for the lovely review. The building is always popular with visitors & they're usually surprised to learn that it's over 20 years old. Hope to see you again some time.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great gardens just a few minutes out of Port Augusta. Beautifully maintained and a a pleasure to visit

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi John, thanks so much for the wonderful review. It makes us happy when people love the garden like we do.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We learnt so much about our country,all children should visit to learn about plants that survive the weather conditions in Australia

Thank wes P
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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Wes, thanks for the great review. There are so many interesting things to see, do & learn. We love it when visitors enjoy the garden like we do.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth visiting this stunning collection of desert plants and more information than you'll find anywhere else. Gold coin donation is all you need to see great plants, garden design, sculptures and do some long or short bush walks. Superb.

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the lovely review. I'm really glad you enjoyed your visit, we love the place as well. :)

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed this lovely spot a couple of times in May 2018. The gardens are well maintained and show off Australian outback plants with the Flinder's Ranges as a back drop. My partners first view of a Sturt's Desert Pea - Loved it. We enjoyed...More

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Thanks so much for taking the time to provide a review. It is lovely to hear you enjoyed your first visit enough to come again. We really enjoy hearing that people enjoy the garden (& food) as much as we do.

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Reviewed 17 May 2018

Need to do a tour to be appreciate. Volunteer guides excellent. Staff could not have done more. Great Café too.

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Thank you very much for the wonderful review - we love it when visitors enjoy their visit. I will pass it on to our staff & volunteer tour guides.

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

What an amazing place. Should not be missed when visiting Port Augusta. Great guides and very informative. Much to be learnt about Australia's native plants

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Hi Neil, Thanks so much for the great review- really glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

We come from the gold coast and are used to seeing lots of botanic gardens so to visit an Arid Lands Botanic Gardens was certainly an eye-opener for us. I would definitely recommend stopping here. The children's garden section was well done and kids loved...More

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Hi arunnalls Thank you for taking the time to give a review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Sue M
12 February 2018|
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Response from yhi904 | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are not allowed in most of the gardens. There is a lot of wild life just roaming around so I expect that’s the reason. If you get in touch with the site there are nearby kennels which will Board dogs for the day
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Beth H
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Response from Grandma07012007 | Reviewed this property |
The entry to the gardens was free
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