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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  • October 12, 2017
    wow this place was amazing. for $5 we bought a guide and was able to identify each unique desert tree. apparently the coffee shop is amazing but we didn't try it.  more »
  • October 9, 2017
    Was so looking forward to visiting the Botanical Gardens. Plenty of parking, very few people. We went to the information/cafe. Hmmm. A tiny area,a very limited cafe. So many people waiting to be serve...  more »
  • October 6, 2017
    Many people have perceptions of Botanic gardens being large green lawned areas surrounded by well laid out trees and flower plantings. For a start these gardens are in a hot and arid landscape, so the...  more »
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  • September 15, 2017
    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
  • August 24, 2017
    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
  • June 16, 2017
    Beautiful spot! Nice presetation of local plants and even saw a kangaroo
  • September 17, 2017
    Great place to relax and enjoy nature and friends.
  • July 15, 2017
    Lovely peace and quiet in beautiful natural surroundings Great food and lovely service

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Where to stay in Alice Springs

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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