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Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Details & Facilities

Hours: 7 days a week, 8am to 6pm


Web: Visit website
Phone: 08 8999 5039

The Olive Pink Botanic Garden is located a short drive from the town’s CBD, on land developed as a reserve for arid region flora by Miss Olive Pink in the 1950s.

Description

Olive Pink Botanic Garden is Australia's only arid zone botanic garden. Located adjacent to the Todd River and not far from the centre of Alice Springs, it is a great place to wander along trails to see the hundreds of plant species that are native to the Red Centre.

There are over 500 Central Australian plant species to see as you wander around the 16hectare garden. Learn more about the founder Miss Pink or desert habitats and plants from the interpretation material around the garden or by going on one of the self-guided walks.

After heavy rainfall, the garden comes alive with wildflowers and attracts many species of butterflies and birds. Euros (hill kangaroos) are regularly seen grazing here and the threatened black-footed rock wallaby resides in the rocky hill habitat. Western bowerbird bowers are at home and in summertime, many different reptiles sun themselves within the grounds.

Miss Olive Muriel Pink, anthropologist, Aboriginal rights campaigner and artist, was responsible for the gazettal of the garden area in 1956. Some of her original plantings still survive on display today.

The site includes a well-developed garden area and a Visitors Centre incorporating a Meeting Room, Offices and a Cafe with outdoor seating, as well as numerous shade structures for formal and informal community activities including weddings, memorials, concerts, exhibitions and public forums.

The Garden also includes Tharrarltneme (Annie Meyer Hill), a sacred site important to Arrernte people.


Map & Directions

Directions

Walking distance from the centre of Alice Springs The Olive Pink Botanic Garden resides in the tourist district of Desert Springs and is found at the Northern end of Barrett Drive. The entrance road is accessed just off Tuncks Road.