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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 October 12, 2013

It was a beautiful place with a great cafe. We saw a bower bird with its nest of junk and watched how it tried to distract us. We could see several wedge tailed eagles in the distance soaring to great heights.

Thank emily79Cambridge
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Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

Firstly, there is no entrance fee into the garden, which seemed about right. To me it seemed as if I could go to just about any area of the MacDonnell Ranges and mark out an area and it would look the same. Walked up the hill for a good view of Alice Springs. The path up is winding so it's further than it looks from below and it's difficult to negotiate in places. Unfortunitaly I didn't see any of the wildlife that are apparently common in the area. I had lunch at the cafe but I thought it was expensive. I paid $15 for a burger. No wonder they don't have the prices against the menu items. I hope this garden wasn't Miss Pink's greatest achievement in life.

3  Thank RonRSydney_Australia
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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.

Thank HelenS45
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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.

2  Thank AussieBarbara
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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!

1  Thank Colleen P
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