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“Disappointing on second visit”

Olive Pink Botanic Garden
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 5, 2013

When we last visited about ten years ago, I found it a peaceful place. It was then a botanical garden. Now an alternate type coffee hangout. This has altered the peace and tranquility of the theme. Some odd looking metal structures attempting to be artwork now ruins the garden - gilding the lily is the term I think.

Cafe is understaffed and service slow. If you really want to see native plants, perhaps a drive out of town would be more rewarding.

It should have remained a botanical garden, not a money spinner for some business. Progress?

7  Thank WanderOz
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"bower bird"
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"native plants"
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"desert garden"
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"interesting garden"
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"trees and shrubs"
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"bean tree"
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"local flora"
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"hill walk"
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"great coffee"
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"plant life"
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"great cafe"
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"guide book"
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"short climb"
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"rock wallabies"
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had a guided tour which was brilliant and very interesting, wandering around by yourself might be a little less exciting. Much is waiting to be planted, fixed and redone, but nevertheless if there is a spare couple of hours available, it's relaxing.

3  Thank magdita m
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Brilliant cafe, lovely food always busy - beaut garden surrounds, kangaroos around the area on our walk, different types of birds indigenous to the area... recommeded....

Thank lindsay255100
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Interesting to find out about the founder, some interesting foliage but very hot not much shade spring or autumn might be better. eco day on very interesting all on solar power and harnessing the sun's energy. tried camel burger at one of the food venues and a potato twister with sour cream and chilli dressing.

1  Thank CulinaryCook
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Delightfully cool and tranquil place. Wander around a variety of native plants, hear and observe beautiful birds. I found a bower bird with a fantastic array of objects in his bower!
Staff are very helpful and food is great. This place is worth finding - and keeping with a donation!

Thank LetsGoFamily2011
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