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Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

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Address: Stuart Highway, Port Augusta, South Australia 5000, Australia
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+61 8 8641 9116
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The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden was established in 1993 to...

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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Great to see the Sturt Desert Pea April 2017

Very well set out, choice of which walks to do depending on your time restraints. We did the yellow walk but spent a little longer as we were enjoying the various native plants... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Nowra, Australia
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Nowra, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very well set out, choice of which walks to do depending on your time restraints. We did the yellow walk but spent a little longer as we were enjoying the various native plants, trees and colours and were taking our time. Great photo opportunities along the way of the various plants, birds and trees. There are various sculptures of interest... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although we were not in a position to explore the Botanic Garden, we thoroughly enjoyed two experiences in the Bluebush Cafe plus the adjoining Gift & Garden shop: food offered in the cafe is varied and distinctive not seen elsewhere and offered friendly, fast efficient service. Toilets are excellent. Great shop for gifts and souvenirs etc. Our companion said it... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A remarkable garden of native flora, with some native fauna, this garden gives a great insight to native Australian flora not seen in many other places. Also have a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the ambience of the cafe.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are traveling through Port Augusta, don't forget to stop in at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden to explore Native Australian flora & fauna on some small walks for children's spotting animals along the way, or longer hikes that take you to the Spencer gulf along the red banks, bird hides, and butterfly gardens. Stop for lunch at the... More 

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CherieGerlach, Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your recommendation Tara. Our Arid Explorers Garden for children only opened on April 5 and kids are loving it. Parents are also enjoying relaxing in the garden while kids play. More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simply spectacular. Sit through the movie at the start as it is terrific and the ending brilliant. Lots of walking. Great birds and my favourite were the Thorny Devils.

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CherieGerlach, Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this review

We're glad you loved our garden - thank you for your review. The lizards you would have seen are the bearded dragons and they certainly have big personalities. More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't get to fully enjoy the gardens. A hot day and many many March flies. Lots of time and money invested here

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CherieGerlach, Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We hope you still got to spend time in our visitor centre and hopefully enjoying one of our native-flavoured ice creams which are best enjoyed on a warm day. More 

Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

The property is expansive and would take many hours to investigate comprehensively. We commenced our walk at the magnificent Red Cliffs overlooking the Mangrove forests. There are shrub lands, Sand Dunes and all types of formal displays aside from just natural open space landscapes. We were there early to beat the heat and the Visitor Centre was an appealing complex... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

This is our second visit and the gardens have grown and expanded, great walks splendid views, plenty of birds to watch too. The café is very popular with locals and visitors alike and meals are tasty, service is prompt and friendly. A well stocked gift shop is well worth browsing and finding a memento or gift to take away. The... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

this provided an interesting and pleasant visit- would be good to take the walks available (need to allow a few hours)

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Adelaide Hills, Australia
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Well worth taking the time to stroll around this garden. If you are a photographer - mornings may be preferable to get the light on the red cliffs.

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