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Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
08 8952 2154 https://opbg.com.au

The Olive Pink Botanic Garden was opened to the public in 1985 and there are now over 600 central Australian plants represented in the garden, 145 of these occur naturally within the rocky hill habitat. There are 40 rare or threatened species present look for 2 horizontal lines on their label.

A network of walking trails takes visitors around the garden and up on to Annie Myers Hill, where great views of Alice Springs, the Todd River and the MacDonnell Ranges can be seen. There are the self guided walks and interpretive signs to help the visitors learn about desert plants, their uses and about the life of the Garden’s founder Miss Pink.

Excellent birdwatching and wildlife viewing exist in the Garden – Euros (hill kangaroos) are commonly seen, and over 80 bird species have been recorded. Shelters provide areas for picnics or relaxing and these facilities can also be hired for private functions.

August 2018

Transitions Film Festival

August 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Join us for a special event screening of two films from the Transitions Film Festival, Living in the Future’s Past and Operation Jeedara. Doors open at 6pm with films, food, drinks and warm fires under a star filled sky. Chairs provided, bring a swag if you wish! Tickets $10 + BF. $15 on the door. Purchase tickets at https://events.humanitix.com.au/transitions-film-festival-alice-springs Children entry by gold coin donation at the door. @ Olive Pink Botanic Garden (Tunck’s Rd) About the films: Living in the Future’s…

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Peter Latz Book Launch: Bushfires and Bushtucker

August 17, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Launch of the revised and updated Bushfires and Bushtucker by Peter Latz with special guests Arrernte Elders: Veronica Dobson AM, MK Turner OAM, Peter Wallace & Sammy Cavenagh August 17th 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm RSVP: by 5pm Wednesday 15th August 2018 to (08) 8951 1311 or sales@iad.edu.au www.iadpress.com  

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September 2018

Music in the Garden with the Olive Pink Players (This Saturday!)

September 8, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$15 – $25

A quartet of some of the Northern Territory's finest classical musicians, know as the Olive Pink Players, will be playing in the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful surrounds of the Olive Pink Botanic Garden. Join them for afternoon tea and a complimentary drink. Professor Emerita Anne Boyd will be launching the Olive Pink Opera Project 2020 ‘Alchera- Jugulba’. This is an opera Anne is writing on Olive Pink. It is planned to be performed in the Garden in 2020. A bar…

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May 2019

NT Writers’ Festival 2019 – Alice Springs

May 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - May 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Storytellers and writers from across the country will gather in 2019 for the NT Writers’ Festival – Alice Springs under the theme lyapirtneme | returning Home to the Arrernte people and set against the breathtaking backdrop of the McDonnell Ranges, which carry the stories of giant caterpillar totemic ancestors, NT Writers' Festival Alice Springs/Mparntwe takes places from the 16-19th May in storied landscape. In Arrernte, lyapirtneme translates as something growing back or appearing again, after an absence. In the same vein, the English returning…

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NT Writers’ Festival Opening

May 16, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Please join us in the gardens for a very special opening of the 2019 NT Writers’ Festival – Alice Springs where we begin the journey of Lyapirtneme | Returning. Pat Ansell Dodds will open the festival with songs and dances of Arrernte songwomen, followed by short readings from guest and local participating writers, including Merlinda Bobis, Maureen Nampijimpa O’Keefe, Charles Massy, Monica Gagliano, Kirli Saunders and Charmaine Papertalk Green, and students from the Poetry in First Languages workshops.

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Graphic Novel Workshop

May 18, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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When did you last draw your unique super-charged hero? Ready to go on that adventure? Join four local, emerging and super talented graphic novelists (whose novels are currently in production with Gestalt Publishing) to learn the tricks of their trade – creating a character and sketching an adventure to make a graphic novel. With Centralian Senior College students’ Declan Miller, Seraphina Newberry, Lauren Boyle, Alyssa Mason. All ages welcome.

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Tender Places: Letters to Country – Kelly Lee Hickey

May 18, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Tender (adjective): 1: marked by, responding to, or expressing the softer emotion 2: showing care 3: demanding careful and sensitive handling (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Place (noun): somewhere seen from the inside (Lucy Lippard, The Lure of the Local) The land is changing, and so are we. In this time of ecological and social upheaval, how do we turn towards Country? Tender Places is an invitation to reflect on connection to place, in the past and into the future, through the gentle…

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About Lyapirtneme-Arne – Veronica Perrurle Dobson & Meg Mooney: Walk & talk about arne (plants)

May 18, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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‘Akernte is the spirit. The spirit of the land is what makes the plant grow. Anything that belongs to the land has Akernte. We have Akernte. We come from the land. We die. We go back to it.’ (Veronica Perrurle Dobson) Join senior Arrernte language teacher, botanist and ecologist, Veronica Perrurle Dobson and scientist and writer Meg Mooney for a special walk around the Botanic Gardens to look more closely at the native plants and learn how they illustrate lyapirtneme…

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Getting Published: An Insider’s View with Terri-ann White

May 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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The saying goes that everyone has a book in them, but how true is that? We all have a certain proficiency with telling a story and using language, but does that add up to a book? A book is a commercial product involving at least two layers of business, and subject to all of the complications of finding a reader who’ll buy it. And, hopefully, read it. Many book ideas would benefit from more attention at an early stage to…

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Re-wilding the Short Story

May 19, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Do you have a story to tell but don’t know how to start? Have you written a story that needs a fresh reworking? Inspired by the techniques of writers from storytelling cultures across the world, this workshop with prize-winning author Roanna Gonsalves will aim to build writerly toolkits to help take apart some well-known short stories, find out what makes them work and then use them to rewild your own stories in new ways. The workshop will focus on the…

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August 2019

ABC Outside Broadcast

August 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Join us at the Bean Tree Café Courtyard for the ABC 783 Drive Outside Broadcast. With special guest speakers from EcoFair, live music and fantastic prizes up for grabs in the Great Science Quiz hosted by Costa Georgiadis. A family-friendly event. Cost: Free, but please rsvp here - https://www.alec.org.au/abc_alice_springs_outside_broadcast

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May 2020

Spinifex – Paintings by Suzanne Lollback

Sat May 16 @ 8:30 am - Sun May 31 @ 4:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Spinifex – Paintings from the Centre, is an exhibition of paintings on linen by Suzanne Lollback. Presented at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden Having moved back to Alice Springs in 2018, after an absence of 15 years, Suzanne Lollback has used the subject of spinifex to reconnect with Central Australia and with painting the desert environment. The paintings explore the unique colours and designs of spinifex, whether on sand dunes, over rocks or on gibber stones. Suzanne’s work is held…

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Book Launch Dani Powell

Sun May 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Please join local writer Dani Powell for the launch of Return to Dust. Dani has lived in Mparntwe/ Alice Springs for the past twenty years. Her writing has been published in literary journals and anthologies and her location-based performances have been produced in and around Mparntwe/ Alice Springs as well as for ABC’s Radio National. Dani has directed the NT Writers’ Festival in Alice Springs since 2015. Return to Dust is her debut novel. Join us down at Olive Pink…

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