Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, Port Augusta

4.6
#20 of 113 in Parks in South Australia
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Featuring native and introduced plants from arid environments, Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden spreads over an area of 250 hectares (618 acres) and offers panoramic views of the Flinders Ranges. Established in 1993, the garden was designed to bring attention to arid-zone ecosystem conservation. Visit the site’s interpretive center, which introduces visitors to important environmental concepts through a number of educational and entertaining displays. Also included is a well-known eremophila garden, noted for a huge collection of over 155 varieties of colorful flowers. The garden shelters large populations of reptiles, mammals, and insects, and is home to over 100 species of birds. Grab your camera and explore one of many walking trails, which twist through the garden for more than 12 kilometers (7.5 mi). Make Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden part of your personalized Port Augusta itinerary using our Port Augusta itinerary maker.
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  • The botanic gardens are very large and and comprehensive in their display of arid land plants. Unless you have a lot of time, the best walk is the 'highlights' one which covers a wide range of plants....  more »
  • The view from the Flinders lookout at the rear of the Botanic Gardens is worthy of any landscape artist. Gardens themselves very interesting and well set out, attracting a wide variety of bird life. C...  more »
  • A wonderful garden with a variety of natives and plant here. So quiet and peaceful here! There is also a children area to keep those little ones entertained.  more »
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  • very quiet, calm, beautiful native plants around. its like zen. coffee is about $5, meal is about $16. we didn't see animals much but still great walk
  • Lovely place showing what it's like in the more remote parts of the country. Saw the usual brown snake just to add to the flavour of the place
  • very well organised. you can self guide around the garden. there are three different hikes you can do. Even one fr the little kids where you can play in the sand box, hide in a tipi. I went in automn and i must say it was dry beacuse of the summer heat, i would guess that in winter it is too rainy and not pleasurable. I strongly recommend to visit the arrid botanic gardens in spring as there will be more flowers and animals to view, because of the rainy winter and the sun comming out during spring. Otherwise, the cafetaria is really good, sells cheap bush tucker icecream which have a very pleasant taste. I really enjoyed my hike around The botanic gardens, and I hope you do to. PS: IT is free or everyone!!!
  • I was fortunate enough to be able to make a quick visit to this lovely Garden last week. The garden itself is very well set out and a pleasure to stroll around. I will come back another day when I have more time to explore fully. I was pleasantly surprised to find a very wide range of gifts and souvenirs available. Then I found the restaurant and just had to take advantage of the Coffee and Cheesecake special. Everything about this enterprise impressed me an I can fully understad why it was so busy. The food was great and looking around the other tables the menu is very comprehensive. I would also like to mention the staff. The service I recieved was equal, if not better than I have recieved in some top end venue's. Very friendly, professional and efficient in everything they do. Thank you so much for making my visit such a pleasure.I will certainly be back and will definitely tell my friends.
  • Amazing place to wander around. Take a bottle of water if you take the long walking loop. :)

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