You can’t visit Alice Springs without going to visit the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. I searched for information about any guided tours through the garden and couldn’t find anything and asking at the gardens came up with pretty much the same answer. “Ask the guys working around the garden” seemed to be the best and it turned out some of them were really helpful and happy to talk.

Some background on the gardens from the website OLIVE PINK BOTANIC GARDENS:

The Garden was founded in 1956 by Miss Olive Muriel Pink as the Australian arid regions flora reserve.

Today we carry on this tradition as an arid zone Botanic Garden specialising in flora from Australia’s vast interior.

BROCHURE which contains information about Olive’s life and some of the plants growing there. I haven’t had the time to identify the plants I photographed today but they may be listed in this brochure.

MAP OF THE GARDEN The garden is laid out as meandering pathways with a Cafe at one end. A very nice Cafe as it turns out, with a selection of gluten free food. I had a delightful late breakfast of Eggs Benedict on GF toast. There is also a steep (think mountain goat) walk up Annie Myers Hill. Much as I wanted to see the view from the top my vertigo set in about 5m up and I had to turn back….creeping back down the rock steps on my bottom. A little girl raced past me going up. Could have been worse. I could have rolled down head first.

The steps up to Annie Myers Hill. I made up for the loss of this view by heading for Anzac Hill instead.

Some of the plants growing – if you can name them go ahead and I’ll add them in.

Seed pods on the same plant.

One of the many Grey-crowned Babblers that live in the gardens. Curious, chatty little beasts that nest communally, extending on nests and making them quite large.

One of the communal nests dotted around in the surrounding trees.

Bower Bird nest under one of the trees. The little bird didn’t seem all that phased that I was standing there watching and taking photos. He came and went as suited him.

The Bower Bird’s treasure trove of trinkets – all white – baby bottle lid, bottle caps, bits of plastic, pegs.

And the little bird himself, a Western Bower Bird, as far as I can tell….

One of the outdoor areas.

And another, the significance of the sand eludes me.

Striking rock formations are a feature in AS.

Seating at the Bean Tree Cafe.

Altogether a very pleasant visit and well worth going to see. I met some nice travellers there and had a bit of a chat. People come from far and wide to visit AS.

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