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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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Allow lots of time

These gardens are huge we were here for an hour and a half and only covered a small portion. It... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CMN1960
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Sydney
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Unique Australian Garden

Anytime you're heading through Pt Augusta heading into outback SA or WA it's worth visiting the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Craig W
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Scullin ACT
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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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Stuart Highway, Port Augusta, South Australia 5000, Australia
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+61 427 840 391
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These gardens are huge we were here for an hour and a half and only covered a small portion. It gets very hot in the middle of the day so early morning or late afternoon is best. Also watch out for snakes. Was a bit...More

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to provide a review - we really appreciate it. You're right, the garden can get quite hot this time of year so your recommendation of early morning or late afternoon is spot on. I'm very glad you enjoyed...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anytime you're heading through Pt Augusta heading into outback SA or WA it's worth visiting the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens. Excellent display of Australian plants, well laid out pathways, great visitors centre and lovely café with tasty food. Great place to get garden ideas.

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Craig, Thanks so much for the great review. We love it when people enjoy the garden as much as we do. Hope to see you again some time.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to these gardens and found staff to be most helpful and friendly. There is a fantastic visitor's centre and lovely cafe/restaurant. The arid gardens were magnificent. Beautifully set out and each exhibit labelled. We had a fantastic afternoon wandering and taking photos. Even...More

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

Hi Brod, Thanks very much for taking the time to provide a review - I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope you got some good photos!!

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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

My wife is a fantastic gardener so this visit was a must. After having a great lunch we ventured out in the sun and did a walkabout! Lots to see and the plants are well marked and named. Make sure you read the info signs...More

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

Hi Smoltman, Thanks for the review - I'm really glad you got to explore our beautiful garden.

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

We did a couple of walks here. There is a lovely kids trail and the lady gave the kids a sheet of paper and pencils so that they could mark off the scultures that they found. A nice little park to play in as well

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

Hi Christine A, Thanks for taking the time to give a review. I'm so glad you all enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Lots of interesting walks with varied vegetation representing different regions of the outback. We saw some wildlife on the way round including kangaroo. Best of all it’s free! Good shop and restaurant. Thoroughly recommend.

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

Thanks for the great review, we're so glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

this was the best arid gardens, great food! good views and a great selection of plants from the nursery to buy. Highly recommended !

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

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

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

This is a real surprise and possibly unique, because of the conditions required. It will amaze you with its size and variety of plants. Well worth a visit

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

Hi Chris K Thanks so much for taking the time to give a review- really glad you enjoyed our unique garden.

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Reviewed 18 November 2017

Plenty of ideas for water efficient plants, many wildlife around. If you are into flora and horticulture do not miss this place.

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Hi pioneertraveller Thanks very much for taking the time to provide a review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

Well as a local thought i would take my partner out to our Arid Lands Cafe.Have driven and walked through on many occasions but i have never worried about coffee or cake. But today we did and it was excellent. The vanilla slice was so...More

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Hi Raymon P Thanks so much for visiting the cafe - we're really glad you enjoyed it. We love it when our locals come & enjoy time with us.

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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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