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“good but you need a lot of time” 3 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.
Sydney, Australia
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“good but you need a lot of time”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014

I wish I'd had more time to explore this park.With no car or bike it's a bit of a trudge and then it's a big park, although there seems to be quite a bit to see.I think it would be better to visit in Spring.

Visited July 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“A lovely spot for a quiet morning walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014

A very lovely spot walking distance from town. Well set out and a great café to have morning tea after wandering around the gardens.

Visited July 2014
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Cabarita Beach, Australia
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“Favourite breakfast spot in Alice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

The cafe here is my favourite spot to have breakfast in Alice.....good menu,decent coffee & wonderful surroundings. Get there early & enjoy the peace & quiet, then wander the botanical gardens, checking out the plants & birds. Always look forward to my next visit

Visited September 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Love the gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

We have been here a couple of times now. It is really nice just for a walk, to see the kangaroos (on the hill) and to see all the amazing birds if you sit quietly for a while. The gardens give a good representation of arid area plants with explanations that you will see around the region in your travels. The cafe has good food and coffee. It was just nice to sit, enjoy the coffee and sit outside taking in the ambience. The history of the gardens is really interesting as well.

Visited July 2014
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Canberra, Australia
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“Underwhelming”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014

Firstly, it is free/by donation to get in, so that is a plus. However, compared to the Desert Park found this gardens underwhelming. There aren't many signs on the trees/plants or the trails so mostly you don't really know what you're looking at. The gardens themselves look in need of some TLC, its definitely not like the botanic gardens in other cities manicured to an inch of its life...yes alright it is a desert so can't expect the tulip festival...but we went in middle of the day a week after rain and didnt see any particular flowers or animal life, and it wasnt that different to the surrounding landscape. If short on time I'd skip in favour of the Desert Park which is a nominal entry fee but has bird and animal enclosures like a wildlife park, and lots of informative displays, signage etc. We stayed 30 minutes or so, didn't use the cafe. 1-2hr would be plenty.

Visited July 2014
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