Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, Port Augusta

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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). With our world travel planner, Port Augusta attractions like Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • October 6, 2017
    Various short walks around a garden of desert plants and wildlife (shingleback lizards and birds). End your walk in thye cafe for a good hot coffee or an ice cold drink  more »
  • October 6, 2017
    A very relaxing garden to wander around & see plants that we have not seen before. This was also the only place that we found Sturt Desert Peas which are spectacular. The cafe was bright & clean & has...  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    Great place for a coffee and unique gifts for that difficult to buy for person. Relaxing walking around the garden and the plants I have bought for my home have been great because they are specific to...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    Fantastic lookout and I am told the coffee at the visitors centre is the best in town. Even the locals go here. You can access the lookout via the garden entrance (caravan access also) or from the bottom of the lookout via a road beside the caravan park. I recommend both or just the top if you only have time for one.
  • June 4, 2017
    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
  • April 15, 2017
    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
  • April 18, 2017
    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!!!
  • September 11, 2016
    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.

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