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Olive Pink Botanic Garden

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Address: Tuncks Road, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
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+61 8 8952 2154
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08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
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The 16 ha area that is now Olive Pink Botanic Garden was gazetted in 1956...

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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Great Little Park

Loved this little park. There was a lovely little Cafe to eat. The food was very good here. Great option on a hot NT day. Excellent views from the top and a wonderful place to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a major attraction, but a nice (and inexpensive) place to spend some time. Be sure and look for the resident 'roos!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this little park. There was a lovely little Cafe to eat. The food was very good here. Great option on a hot NT day. Excellent views from the top and a wonderful place to wander for a few hrs.

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Castletown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked here from our hotel and thoroughly enjoyed walking through the natural bush/trees etc. Also saw a wallaby in front of us as well as lizards. Especially liked the bush medicine garden. Well worth a visit and the little cafe is great too.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent a couple of hours here following a trip to Uluru and before my flight to Brisbane. Great spot for some birding and a lovely area to walk around and learn about desert plants. Cafe was very good too.

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Calgary, AB
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't expect to see proper garden beds here. This is a place where the native plants are to be seen and identified. There are a few paths to meander on. One takes you up the hill where you can look over Alice Springs. When we went, it was hot...so be prepared with sunscreen, hat and water. It looks like they... More 

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Newport Beach, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went there to have lunch in their café - good food. A highlight was seeing the small group of kangaroos hanging out under the trees as we walked through.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed wandering in and out between the various plants. A very natural experience. Plenty of laces to sit.

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Harrogate
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Gardens are the kind of botanical garden you would get in the outback - so not the lush garden you would see in somewhere like Melbourne. We were waiting for our flight so went there and really enjoyed the fresh food in the cafe. Thumbs up from me - remember you are in the outback!!

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Lyndoch, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

My first visit back after 30 years - was wonderful to see the changes since Olive Pink first created this little oasis. The paths are good, the signs adequate, the cafe does good food

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

There's not so much to see here other than more brown and green plants that are int he surrounding areas. There is a viewpoint after a little walk just past the cafe. It is nice to see the town and surrounding areas there. However there isn't much of a path and it is VERY easy to get stuck up there,... More 

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