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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  • Well I know I was in Alice Springs which is in the middle of Australia and I should not except it to look like Sydney Botanical Gardens but I have to say I was underwhelmed. It is ok to drive around b...  more »
  • We spent a morning exploring the flowers and fauna here. really well done with some interesting plants and shrubs. We saw lots of rock wallaby and had a really nice time here.  more »
  • Olive Pink was an inspirational lady who set about creating a garden celebrating the local flora. She lived in a tent for many years whilst she oversaw the planting of this lovely place. We went early...  more »
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  • A unique little garden.. nice to walk around. with a little Hill to climb with some great views of Alice Springs and the surrounding area a great place to take photos. Also opportunities to learn about the local Aboriginal peoples connection with this country.
  • Great little walks and variety of native plants to enjoy. Good place for a light picnic.
  • A really nice walk with a high chance of seeing wild wallabies! Proper outback experience!
  • very nice. a good variety of deserts plants amd grasses. Wallaros are always around..
  • Parking in the disabled park, my son and I were keen for brunch at the cafe. I am not in a wheelchair but do have mobility issues and I do have a disability permit which was on the dash. Some guy from the cafe took a lot of interest in my car and appeared to be taking pics and licence number. I asked if there was a problem and he was quite rude and dismissive. We left and brunched elsewhere. Never going back here and wont recommend it anymore.
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