Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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3.8/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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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  • We 4 adults enjoyed a lovely hour or so here, climbed the rocks, drank the excellent coffee and enjoyed the gardens. Great parking, easy to find and whilst some of the tree markers, especially on the ...  read more »
  • Delightful experience. Loved the Miss Pink story. Beautiful walk, but go early to avoid the heat.Great cafe 
  • Very beautiful botanical garden with native plants, good views of Alice Springs from the Hill, very fine Café with good cake invites to linger.
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  • The mushroom ragu was a joke. The waitress was Italian and complaining that it was so busy in the morning and she had not had her coffee yet. But the coffee is good and the scenery can't be beaten.
  • Has a great cafe, which is a good meeting place away from noise and traffic. There's a short scenic walk to the top of a hill, which offers fantastic views of Alice Springs.
  • A pleasant little botanic garden displaying the flora of the region, and with a bit of fauna thrown in too! Take the walking track to the top of the hill for an impressive view of Alice Springs and nearby ranges. The cafe claims to close at "4-ish", which translated to as soon as we started walking along the path towards it. Bring your own picnic/snacks to be on the safe side.
  • A pleasant little botanic garden displaying the local flora, with nice views over Alice if you take the walk up the hill behind the cafe. If you're lucky you might spot some wallabies while you're up there. The cafe closes at "4-ish" which translates to "as soon as they see you walking up the drive if you arrive after 3"
  • The Olive Pink Botanic Garden is the undiscovered jewel in the town of Alice Springs. A beautiful place to relax and see the diversity of desert flora as well as birds, kangaroos and rock wallabies!
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