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Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Tuncks Road, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
+61 8 8952 2154
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Learn about the bush

The Olive Pink Garden has a wonderful collection of outback plants, with clearly labelled signs. It... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2017
Wanderer039
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Sydney
Wonderful cafe in midst of natural haven

A great spot for some nature in Alice Springs and an excellent cafe for lunch. Freshly cooked... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2017
HappytripperKent_UK
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Kent, UK
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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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“bower bird” (10 reviews)
“native plants” (15 reviews)
“desert garden” (9 reviews)
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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 August 14, 2017

The Olive Pink Garden has a wonderful collection of outback plants, with clearly labelled signs. It is a very pleasant walk and can be a picnic spot right in Alice.

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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

A great spot for some nature in Alice Springs and an excellent cafe for lunch. Freshly cooked wholesome food, organic vegetables from the garden, and a nice choice of dishes. My garden salad was beautiful and the falafels were yummy. My friend had a burger...More

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

The history of the gardens is fascinating and well worth the visit. The café serves brilliant coffees and breakfast.

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Reviewed July 29, 2017

We were there during the Dry, so it might be more impressive in the summer. But it was interesting, there is a nice lookout with a 360° view and a very pleasant café perfectly suitable for a nice lunch.

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Reviewed July 27, 2017

Not a bad place to get breakfast and hang out for a couple hours with the family. Entry is free, there is a pretty good cafe with pretty good breakfast, smoothies and coffee. Climbed up the hill/outcrop for good views of the town and surrounds,...More

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Reviewed July 27, 2017

This desert botanical garden is a great place to start looking for birds in Alice Springs many of which are used to human presence so offer good views. The restaurant is a very pleasant bonus to the garden visit.

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Reviewed July 26, 2017

This could be an interesting place...however the plants are suffering from lack of water. If you want to see natve plants...visit the Alice Springs Desert Park....AMAZING....

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Reviewed July 22, 2017

The hike to the top offers good exercise and views of the city. Decent garden, but the highlight was when we stopped for coffee and enjoyed the company of a rock wallaby!

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Reviewed July 21, 2017

This could be a really valuable resource and we really appreciated the knowledge we gained here prior to heading out into the desert environments. However, it is very obvious that this garden survives on the work of a small band of dedicated enthusiasts and could...More

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Reviewed July 18, 2017

Can't go to AS without visiting the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. Meandering well laid out gravel pathways take you through the gardens. A very nice Bean Tree Cafe on site, which offers gluten free options (I had the Eggs Benedict and it was fresh well...More

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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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