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Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Stuart Highway, Port Augusta, South Australia 5000, Australia
+61 427 840 391
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Beautiful and informative

Very well organised, lots of information as you move around. There are a number of walks of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jo T
Great cafe

Apart from a great café, the gardens and the ever present wildlife were amazing. We visited the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden was established in 1993 to research, conserve and promote the wider appreciation of Australia’s arid zone flora. Located on the shores of Upper Spencer Gulf with spectacular views to the ancient Flinders Ranges, the Garden showcases a diverse collection of arid zone habitats in a picturesque setting of more than 250 hectares.As well as its stunning selection of arid zone plants, the garden is also home to more than 100 species of birds, and has a diverse population of repltiles, mammals and insects.It features a children's animal discovery trail, AridSmart display gardens where you can see how to use the plants in you home garden, and a visitor centre, which incorporates the Bluebush Cafe and the AridSmart Gift and Garden Shop. The cafe has mouthwatering menu choices and you can't go past the Quandong Smoothies. The AridSmart Gift and Garden Shop is where you can purchase a piece of the garden to take home. Its range of AridSmart plants will not only reduce your water bills but will bring the beauty of Australia's plants into your garden.
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Stuart Highway, Port Augusta, South Australia 5000, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very well organised, lots of information as you move around. There are a number of walks of different durations to choose from, from quick walks around the gardens close to the visitors centre to 2.5hr walks around the outer rim. Even if you don't have...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Apart from a great café, the gardens and the ever present wildlife were amazing. We visited the gardens three times, the latter two visits to have meals at the café as we passed through Port Augusta the three times on our trip.

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for the wonderful review - I'm really glad you've enjoyed your visits.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens are well worth a visit and provide some good details about Australian outback flora that grow in arid conditions and in particular areas of South Australia. The garden is well laid out and species well signed. There are a number of walking tracks...More

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks very much for the review.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit here unfortunately not many flowers were in bloom. The bush garden was interesting & the view was great Great coffee

Thank Maxine S
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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the lovely review Maxine 😊

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We started with the Red Cliffs walk and ended up at the Gardes. They are well laid out in different Regions. Amazing to see how much variety there is in arid plants. Loved the various sculptures.

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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the great review

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely spit to stop. Cafe was great with beautiful coffee and scones. Gardens were beautiful and kids had a great time exploring. Learned a lot about arid gardens. Worth a visit

Thank Deakesy
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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the lovely review - really glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great to view plants of the Bush close up. Art work is great to view as well. Free but can donate coins. Lovely cafe and plant nursery

Thank MaryLou G
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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the lovely review 😊

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went there to look at the plants but was very happy to find the café was brilliant. Had morning tea and then lunch and noticed a lot of people coming for the food. Good fun and interesting.

Thank z4321
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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review - I'm really pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Maybe we'll see you again some time.😊

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great range of arid plants a real education on what veg types are out there. Needs more promotion! On par with botanic gardens elsewhere. Unique, loved the landscaping/waterwise gardening designs too.

Thank Julie P
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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Julie, thanks for the wonderful review- I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

Amazing place to learn about different types of trees, shrubs and plants that grow in the outback. Even children have their own place to explore and learn. There are also lookouts where you can see the Flinders Ranges and the amazing landscapes of the outback....More

Thank Simon E
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Bernie144, Front Office Manager at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Hi Simon E Thanks for the great review. It's so wonderful when visitors love the place like we do.

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Sue M
12 February 2018|
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Response from yhi904 | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are not allowed in most of the gardens. There is a lot of wild life just roaming around so I expect that’s the reason. If you get in touch with the site there are nearby kennels which will Board dogs for the day
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Beth H
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Response from Grandma07012007 | Reviewed this property |
The entry to the gardens was free
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