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“For bird and flower lovers” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Olive Pink Botanic Garden

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.
Mittagong, Australia
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“For bird and flower lovers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

A wonderful place to walk and experience the many flowering plants of the centre as well as the bird life. A great memorial to a woman who supported indigenous causes.

Visited September 2013
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Tamworth, Australia
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188 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

I realise that we were there at a dry time of the year, but this "garden" was very bare. The handout with interpretation of numbered plants didn't match up with the plants. The highlight was a climb to the top of the hill, where there's a good view over Alice.

Visited September 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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80 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Worth a visit but could do with some improvements”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

It was interesting to read about the extraordinary Olive Pink who was responsible for establishing the gardens. There are plenty of shaded seated areas to sit & relax & bird watch. We were fortunate to see 2 Euros & courting Bower birds! Gardens felt in need of TLC!

Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Colleen P
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Nowra, Australia
2 reviews
“Beautiful setting, great service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

Olive pink is a great place to eat and get your coffee in Alice. The burgers and the sweets selection are yum.,

Visited September 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Disappointing on second visit”
3 of 5 bubbles 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?

Visited September 2013
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