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Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Tuncks Road, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
+61 8 8952 2154
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Desert plants, cafe and the occasional musical performer...

Very busy on weekends, but well worth a visit. See a variety of desert plants laid out with easy to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vic C
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Warrnambool, Australia
Great walk !

Went to the botanic garden for breakfast (Great) and decided to walk up to the look out pretty... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
phillipk8
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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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+61 8 8952 2154
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very busy on weekends, but well worth a visit. See a variety of desert plants laid out with easy to navigate pathways. Cafe serves good coffee and has a reasonable menu for meals and snacks.

Thank Vic C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the botanic garden for breakfast (Great) and decided to walk up to the look out pretty rough path with lots of steps ,But we made it to the top and what a great view it has .Well worth taking the time to do...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

while the Botanic Garden is in a nice setting and we enjoyed walking around there it was hard to know what plant was what as they had run out of guidebooks. When we asked they hadn't had any for a couple of weeks. A few...More

Thank Roger A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called in fir a quick coffee and were tempted to try apple cake. It was excellent and was served warm with real cream. We had had an early breakfast so could only look enviously at the plentiful, delicious looking breakfasts being enjoyed by those...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So obsessed with this place no thanks to my husband Jordon taking me once. Now I go all the time, and each time the food has been delicious. Going to try for breakfast next time as I know now the lunch is yummy. Keep the...More

Thank Kiri T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely gardens and excellent cafe with delicious food and great service, we went back 3 times during the fortnight! Lots of locals were there which always speaks volumes!

Thank Caroline B
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Reviewed June 14, 2018

The best bit was the hill walk. From the top the view across town to Anzac hill was great. The hill walk is steep in parts and best suited to someone with good fitness, but in saying that I passed a guy on the way...More

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Reviewed June 11, 2018

This is an interesting garden, with walking trails and numerous signboards describing the plants on display. There is also a cafe in the park if you fancy a nice coffee.

Thank Archie W
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Reviewed June 8, 2018

This cafe was recommended by a local who also shared its history with us and we are so thrilled to have found it. The gardens and pathways are interesting albeit we only had time for a short browse , the cafe was very, very busy...More

Thank emcebe
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Reviewed June 6, 2018

Like others have said, this place needs a bit of TLC. Not sure if it's a funding issue but there is a distinct lack of signage, and the gardens look run down...especially when compared to other parts of town. I think the term botanic garden...More

Thank HakkaChrissa
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TarshJ1812
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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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Response from Katie D | Reviewed this property |
It is free to enter. Possible charge for a guide.
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