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Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Tuncks Road, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
+61 8 8952 2154
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Good view of Alice Springs

Not sure about the botanic garden but it is a easy good walk to the top to get a good view of Alice... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
Colmich
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Newcastle, Australia
Desert Fauna and Flora

Nicely set out with a wide variety of beautiful mallee, gums and other native plants. Worth making... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2017
Leanne H
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Newcastle, 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
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"guide book"
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Not sure about the botanic garden but it is a easy good walk to the top to get a good view of Alice Springs and the mountains in the distance. On the way keep your eye out for rock wallabies. Go early to avoid the...More

Thank Colmich
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

Nicely set out with a wide variety of beautiful mallee, gums and other native plants. Worth making the donation which includes a guide booklet to the gardens. There is also a great cafe within the gardens.

Thank Leanne H
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Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

Contrary to the name, these gardens are neither olive or pink. They are named after a lady who established the garden. There are desert type plants, but it seems as though the garden informs as much about local social history as it does about plants....More

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Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

Like much of Alice Springs, this place is quiet and relaxing. Take a walk up the hill for some amazing views but take your time and you'll get to see some of the beautiful wildlife that the place has to offer. If you go in...More

Thank Yunus M
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

A large area filled with local plants, take a stroll to a wonderful lookout point at the top of a hill for stunning views of the area, and see some wildlife whilst you are there! Rock wallaby's and lizards, stunning birds. Very peaceful and even...More

Thank Katie D
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

Take the time to have a walk around this wonderful desert garden. Spectacular views and if you are lucky some wildlife as well. Great coffee shop as well.

Thank agistheifers
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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

Peaceful, natural, local, authentic, conservational and coversational visit, nice coffee and an opportunity to mingle with friends or have a solitary reflective moment or a short stroll to a wonderful view

Thank AliceSpringsAnniek
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

wow this place was amazing. for $5 we bought a guide and was able to identify each unique desert tree. apparently the coffee shop is amazing but we didn't try it.

Thank Rachel F
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Was so looking forward to visiting the Botanical Gardens. Plenty of parking, very few people. We went to the information/cafe. Hmmm. A tiny area,a very limited cafe. So many people waiting to be served. No way were there enough staff. So we decided to check...More

Thank Maggie F
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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Many people have perceptions of Botanic gardens being large green lawned areas surrounded by well laid out trees and flower plantings. For a start these gardens are in a hot and arid landscape, so the former is not the case. What you will find is...More

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TarshJ1812
12 December 2017|
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Response from travella2016 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it is free entry, It c an be very hot there so take a hat, bottle water & sunscreen with you & wear shoes that are comfortable & that you can walk on uneven ground, especially if you decide to do the walk up on the... More
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TarshJ1812
12 December 2017|
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Response from Katie D | Reviewed this property |
It is free to enter. Possible charge for a guide.
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