Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, Port Augusta: Hours, Address, Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Fran H
4 contributions
A must see
Jul. 2021
Very interesting and informative garden I'd love to spend more time here. The restaurant and facilities are also very good including the gift shop.
Written 23 July 2021
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Karin N
Adelaide, Australia20 contributions
Not to be missed!
Jul. 2021
Five of us stopped here for lunch and coffees on the way back to Adelaide from Whyalla. We sat outside with a beautiful view over the garden. Our food was delicious (pumpkin soup, falafel and beef burgers), coffee was great too and I can strongly recommend leaving enough time to wander in the garden as well.

The vegetation is looking wonderful after all the recent rain. Eremophila bushes were in flower and this attracts so many birds - bird watchers will not be disappointed. There are lovely winding paths to follow with superb views to the Flinders Ranges in the distance. There is also a display of landscaping ideas for waterwise gardens - very educational.
Written 4 July 2021
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BellBoy53
Brisbane, Australia494 contributions
Very peaceful
Jun. 2021
This not a formal botanic garden but a wonderfully set out place to see plants that are native to the various areas of South Australia. The gardens are very well done and make you feel as though you are in the middle of the Aussie bush. Well worth the quite easy walk about the many tracks that take you through the different geographic areas. Very peaceful.
Written 1 July 2021
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Ray
Adelaide, Australia6 contributions
Fantastic birdwatching location!
Jun. 2021 • Friends
Visited the gardens for birdwatching and they did not disappoint! Even though it's the middle of winter we stepped in and were greeted with a huge variety of bird life right from the car park. There are two hides to enjoy the birds from, and everything is within easy walking distance with many different areas/habitats. The cafe is also a gem with a bush food based platter and various native fruit flavoured ice cream.
Written 21 June 2021
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Anita T
Melbourne, Australia331 contributions
A most enjoyable experience
May 2021
We enjoyed a walk through the garden finding the plants that we had seen on our trip around northern South Australia. The cafe had delicious cakes and good coffee. Meals were inexpensive. The gift shop had a range of lovely products. Entry to the Garden is free.
Written 26 May 2021
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Iain C
Hallett Cove, Australia161 contributions
Free entry, enjoyed a walk learning about arid plants.
Apr. 2021
Enjoyed walking around the arid gardens. Plenty of signs and plant descriptions so you could learn about the plants and in some cases their use for bush foods.

The visitor centre was informative and we bought some native plants from their nursery to put in our own garden.
Written 15 April 2021
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nera0414
Greater Adelaide, Australia504 contributions
Just west of Port Augusta
Dec. 2020
This is a wonderful place to break up a journey and get in touch with nature. The gardens are tastefully set out and showcase native plants and trees. There is even a garden for children to explore.
Written 31 December 2020
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Thanks so much for the lovely review. Bernie
Written 2 January 2021
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ricks12016
Melbourne, Australia184 contributions
VERY DRY.
Dec. 2020 • Couples
A very dry outback place to enjoy if your a gardener or love native flora and forna. Lookout nice to visit for a few photo shots.There is a bird hide there for bird lovers.
Written 31 December 2020
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Thanks for the review - so glad you enjoyed our Arid Botanic Garden.
Written 2 January 2021
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Elizabeth H
7 contributions
A magical place
Dec. 2020
Easy to find, easy to park, pleasant cafe with great food and friendly service, then ... the garden. Fascinating how much beauty can spring from that red earth. And everywhere you get a sense of the knowledge and passion behind it all. Wish I could have stayed longer.
Written 11 December 2020
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Thank you so much for the lovely review, it makes us very happy when visitors enjoy our place as much as we do :) Bernie
Written 14 December 2020
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Lip
Coffin Bay, Australia3 contributions
Food has declined in quality over the years
Nov. 2020
Have had better here. Still a nice break after a long drive. And lovely to walk through the gardens.
Written 30 November 2020
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Hi, Thanks so much for taking the time to provide a review. Sorry to hear your thoughts on our food quality - was there anything in particular you found to be lacking in quality? Any feedback would be much appreciated to ensure we continually improve what we offer. Bernie
Written 14 December 2020
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