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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  • 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 enjoye...  more »
  • 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 
  • 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 su...  more »
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  • We went to the botanical garden for breakfast today (Saturday the 8th of October) after we found the place online and red their menu (which isn't the correct one at all). The sortiment was limited and more simple than the one we had seen online. My dad ordered pancakes and when they arrived he immediately spat them out because some how they made them with salt instead of sugar. They barely apologises and only suggested to get him some banana bread, which didn't even cost as much. No complimentary drink, no reduce in price, nothing to make up for the pretty huge mistake. The first thing I saw when my poached eggs with salmons came in, was a dead mosquito on the egg..... The staff was very unenthusiastic and not very alert or welcoming. The service was slow and the banana bread took a very long time to get. But the coffe good..
  • Very relaxing and historical garden that also provide shade + great coffee + good nutritious food. Will be back time and time again.
  • Nice way to spend a morning walk in Alice Springs. It can't be compared to the botanic gardens of for example Sydney, Brisbane or Darwin, but it is worth a visit. If not just to climb up the hill next to the cafe for a great view of the area.
  • 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.