Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs: Hours, Address, Olive Pink Botanic Garden Reviews: 4/5

Olive Pink Botanic Garden
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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TravellingQldlanders
Morayfield, Australia900 contributions
There are well signed stops along the paths, there could be a little more signage to identify where the pats are and when they meet intersections. In the end it didn’t matter we walked the complete gardens in about an hour. Great to see bush plums and examples other bush tucker. I spent time trying to get photos of the Bowerbird busily building his Bower, you don’t see that every day. There are plenty of other birds. We really enjoyed our visit. Entry by $5.00 donation which includes a guide booklet. It's one of those places you could spend hours just sitting and watching.
Written May 18, 2021
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johndcanberra
canberra48 contributions
Couples
The previous review prompted this one. A must if visiting Alice Springs. We did so today, 15 May. It is what it is. A Red Centre garden subject to the weather you get in the Red Centre and obviously lovingly maintained by volunteers with limited resources. Great walks. Easy to follow with a bit of care using the excellent guide book. Some signs are missing but that’s a minor problem easily solved. And black footed rock wallabies. As far as being unable to see a quandong tree, there’s a magnificent specimen about ten metres from the excellent Bean Tree Cafe.
Written May 14, 2022
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Mackenzie T
Brisbane Region, Australia12 contributions
The gardens were interesting and it was relaxing to meander amongst the trees and bushes. The large signs scattered throughout the park were very informative and interesting. However, the cafe was not open despite it being a day where there were quite a few other visitors. And despite having an absolutely fantastic brochure that you could use to identify the trees/shrubs, the signs in the park itself that correlated to the brochure were difficult to find.
Written November 21, 2021
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Aussie_2012
Melbourne, Australia659 contributions
Couples
Came here expecting quite a stunning garden but was surprised by how poor it was either to wrong time of the year or lack of maintenance possibly due to a couple years of Covid. $5 donation required but honestly the gardens resembled more like scrub and not manicured or maintained. A disappointment and so we left after 10 minutes.
Written July 7, 2022
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Caz K
Queensland, Australia93 contributions
Couples
Today we went on the self-guided walk around the Olive Botanic Gardens. Sadly this unique arid zone botanical garden is underfunded and overgrown. Many trees and shrubs have died but their signs remain in place. i.e Quandong tree - to which we were super keen to see. The walkway signage is not as good as we expected, and we got lost a few times. There was minimal flowers to be seen, but some beautiful birds. On a good note the entry fee of $5 included a great little guidebook that was very informative and a great take home resource to explore further. The cafe was good with friendly customer service and tasty food. The workers in the garden had completed their work day - but were friendly and informative about the community garden.
Written May 5, 2022
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Meagan S
Brisbane, Australia137 contributions
Visited the gardens twice. Once in the early afternoon and second on dusk. Would recommend a wander around at both times as the landscape looks dramatically different at different times. Well worth the stop.
Written May 27, 2021
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Wanderlust Family
Tolmie, Australia929 contributions
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This Botanic Gardens is certainly like no other we have been to! We surprisingly really enjoyed it, especially loved hiking up the hill to the beautiful view out to Alice and the multiple rock wallabies up there. There is a nice looking cafe & garden sitting area, but we enjoyed a packed picnic out in the garden. Ample car parking.
Written June 29, 2021
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1mightymouse
Footscray, Australia2,441 contributions
I love sinage on the trees and shrubs here. Don't forget to walk up the hill past the cafe to 360 vista of Alice and surrounds. If you are lucky, you'll run into the resident rock wallaby like I did!
Written April 12, 2022
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janthefan
London, UK370 contributions
We drove to these gardens early in the morning, arriving as the park opened at 8am, specifically to spot some rock wallabies, and we did. Super cute! The path up is just by the cafe, and is easy for anyone with moderate fitness. Allow an hour for the walk and for waiting quietly for the animals to appear.

We stayed on for an excellent breakfast at the cafe. Highly recommended.

But there’s not much of a shop there, which was disappointing.
Written February 16, 2020
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famwhite
Dublin, Ireland184 contributions
Walked to the gardens from our hotel. It was a hot morning and the flies, as during the whole week, were awful. We enjoyed what we could, had a cold drink and at a staff member's suggestion found the bower bird's nest.
Written March 5, 2020
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