Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs

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Olive Pink Botanic Garden is a 16ha botanic garden in Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory, specialising in plants native to the arid central Australian region.HistoryThe 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, 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 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 was substantially modified and devoid of tree and shrub cover when Pink took up occupancy there in 1956.Pink, with her Warlpiri assistant gardeners, spent the next two decades battling drought conditions and almost non-existent operational funding to develop her 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.After Pink's death in 1975, the NT Government assumed control of the reserve and set about fulfilling Miss Pink's vision of a public area for the appreciation of native flora. During the next decade networks of walking tracks were put in place, the Visitor Centre built, extensive plantings of mulga, red gums and various other tree species established, a waterhole and sand dune habitat created, and an interpretive display installed.
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  • Like much of Alice Springs, this place is quiet and relaxing. Take a walk up the hill for some amazing views but take your time and you'll get to see some of the beautiful wildlife that the place has ...  more »
  • A large area filled with local plants, take a stroll to a wonderful lookout point at the top of a hill for stunning views of the area, and see some wildlife whilst you are there! Rock wallaby's and li...  more »
  • Take the time to have a walk around this wonderful desert garden. Spectacular views and if you are lucky some wildlife as well. Great coffee shop as well.  more »
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  • The Gallery was Charming and the Variety of Styles of Garden Beds that Complement the Arid Zone Community of plants is surprisingly well thought out... Coffee is well made and Cheerful Service ... Had to rush off though to Catch a Bus...be there again in Summer
  • Beautiful location. Have a great range of local flora and fauna, lovely place to spend lunch or to have a walk through. Lovely little cafe on site too
  • Beautiful spot! Nice presetation of local plants and even saw a kangaroo
  • Great place to relax and enjoy nature and friends.
  • Lovely peace and quiet in beautiful natural surroundings Great food and lovely service

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Due to its remote location in arid Central Australia, Alice Springs often surprises visitors with its diverse selection of comfortable and affordable lodgings. The city's hostels serve as the most economical option, with many providing free pickup from the airport. For just a bit more, you can stay at one of the area's motels, providing rooms with views of the McDonnell Ranges, free Wi-Fi, secure off-road parking, and access to private barbecue facilities. Otherwise, check into one of Alice Springs' hotels for a country-club vibe and even more amenities.
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