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Olive Pink Botanic Garden - Alice Springs, NT, Australia

The Olive Pink Botanic Garden is an Arid Zone Botanic Garden in the Northern Territory, named after Miss Olive Pink.

Olive Pink was an extraordinary individual, who contributed to the development of the field of anthropology. She arrived in Central Australia in 1930, and lived with the Aboriginal people in the Tanami Desert. She studied the Arrernte and Walpiri people and was a great advocate of Aboriginal rights and campaigned vigorously for the rights of the Aboriginal People.

As an accomplished artist, she later lived in Alice Springs and was the visionary force behind the development of the first arid zone botanic garden in the southern hemisphere.

Today, visitors can find out more information about Olive Pink and the continuing work in developing and caring for the botanic garden.

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Information Centre

Olive Pink Botanic Garden
Cnr Barrett Drv and Tuncks Road
Ph: 08 8952 2154 (The Curator)
Fax: 08 8953 5522 (The Curator)
Daily 8 am - 6 pm
Closed Christmas Day
Hours may vary, see website


The Garden Cafe & Gift Shop
Ph: 08 8952 0190
(see website for other contact details)
Bean Tree Cafe Open
7 days a week 8:00 am - 3 pm
After hours function by arrangement
Hours may vary, see website

Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis) - Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Olive Pink Botanic Garden - Attractions
History — Olive Pink (1884-1975)
The ‘Australian Arid Regions Native Flora Reserve’ was gazetted in 1956 with Miss Olive Pink as honorary curator. Miss Pink worked on the development of the site with the assistance of Aboriginal gardeners until her death. Following further development by the NT Government and the Trustees, the Garden was opened to the public in February 1985 as the ‘Olive Pink Flora Reserve’. In April 1996 the name was changed to Olive Pink Botanic Garden.

Olive Pink Botanic Garden
An arid zone botanic garden that features native plants of Central Australia, the garden has a total area of 16 hectares with plantings on five hectares. The natural vegetation on the encircling hills makes up the remainder. The plants are displayed in a variety of desert settings ranging from sand dune to waterhole with interpretive signage placed throughout the garden.

Walking tracks provide access throughout the garden and surrounding hills.

Visitor Centre
There are graphic displays explaining the evolution of Australia’s arid zone flora, the interaction of insects and plants and the traditional use of plants by Aborigines. The display also features information on the life of the Garden’s founder, anthropologist Miss Olive Pink.

Plant Records
All plantings are identified by a serial number and recorded in a computer database. These records provide valuable information as many of the plants have not been grown widely in cultivation.

Scientific names are used on the plant labels. The common name is also shown where one is known to be in use. Species considered  to be rare or threatened are indicated by two parallel bars on the engraved label.

The Bean Tree Café
• Ph: 08 8952 0190 • Email
Located in the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, the The Bean Tree Café provides a gorgeous place to have breakfast, lunch, morning or afternoon teas. Popular with locals, as it offers a relaxing atmosphere in natural surroundings. Check their web page for hours of operation.

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