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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

May 16, 2020 @ 8:30 am - May 31, 2020 @ 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

May 31, 2020 @ 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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August 2020

desertSMART EcoFair

August 7, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - August 9, 2020 @ 2:30 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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The EcoFair is back for 2020! Join us over three days showcasing local innovation, stimulating ideas and action in the fields of science and sustainability in central Australia. See the full program of events: www.ecofair.org.au Enjoy talks, films, mini-markets, garden workshops, music, kids entertainment, a science tour and more! Hear from leaders and innovators driving local and national science and sustainability Learn about local climate solutions, the emerging hemp industry, bush medicine, arid zone gardening and renewable energy Connect with…

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March 2021

DI-VER-CITY FESTIVAL – Free community event

Sat March 13 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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A new and exciting event for fabALICE, DI-VER-CITY FESTIVAL is an all-ages celebration of inclusivity and a safe space for self-expression. Come along and participate in the Drag Queen workshop, including a Q & A session and a bit of fun with some Priscilla dance moves, get your artistic juices flowing and enjoy a screening of Priscilla – Queen of the Desert.

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SheSings: THE FIRE WITHIN

Fri March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Eight of Central Australia’s fiercest songwriters bring together their unique voices and stories in harmony, weaving an intimate and harmonious female songbird celebration of songs to ignite hope and courage and spark: ‘The Fire Within’. Be delighted and inspired as each singer performs solo and backed by each other, bringing their passion, strength, and power to the front, in the spectacular dusk at Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. Featuring: Ceenah N, Katie Harder, Xavia, Femme Fatale, Bambadino,  Nicole Soorkia, Jessie K, with Anders…

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April 2021

Into the Loneliness – Book Launch

Fri April 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Launch of Into the Loneliness. Author Eleanor Hogan in conversation with ABC Alice Springs’s Alex Barwick. Friday, 16 April 2021 5:30—7 pm Olive Pink Botanic Gardens BYO alcohol and swag or folding chair. Snacks and meals available at the Bean Tree Cafe. Free event; bookings not required.

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June 2021

Where From Here?

Fri June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Where From Here? With Fan Fatale, Resin Moon and Stellar Sea 6pm Friday 4 June Olive Pink Botanic Garden Where From Here? A creative exploration of what sustains us by Fan Fatale, Resin Moon, Stellar Sea, Xavia, Kelly Lee Hickey, Betty Sweetlove & Doc Banjaroo. Where From Here? is an Alice Springs showcase of creative works that explore human existence, connection to country and offer a response to the challenges of the 21st century: climate change, environmental loss, technological overwhelm…

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August 2021

2021 desertSMART Ecofair

Fri August 6 @ 4:00 pm - Sun August 8 @ 6:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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The Ecofair, central Australia's premier science and sustainability festival, is back for 2021! The Ecofair brings together a line-up of national and local thinkers and leaders to help spark action toward a healthy, thriving future in the desert. This jam-packed three-day festival features talks, workshops, outdoor cinema, plant sale, garden tour and much more! A discussion about the exciting future of renewable energy and panel exploring the impacts of climate change on health and housing are two festival highlights. Events…

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Brush and Lens

Fri August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Open daily 10.00am to 3.00pm Saturday 7th August to Saturday 4th September 2021
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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An Exhibition by BARBARA STUART Outback Milky Way Photographs and Paintings in watercolour and oils

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Gordon Koang LIVE at Olive Pink

Fri August 20 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Music in Exile, Watch This Space & 8CCC Community Radio are proud to announce that GORDON KOANG is bringing his band to Central Australia for the first time to celebrate his acclaimed album, UNITY. With previous tour plans cancelled due to Covid restrictions, Gordon and his band are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to perform this album for you, our audience! This concert is held in the unique setting of the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, located on land developed as a reserve for arid region flora by Miss Olive…

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CANCELLED – NT Writers Festival 2021

Thu August 26 @ 8:00 am - Sun August 29 @ 10:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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In 2021 NT Writers Festival returns to Mparntwe, Alice Springs. Featuring four days of books, words, performance and more, the program will reflect an inclusive Australian narrative, and celebrate the communities, languages and environment of this spectacular region and its people. The Festival takes place in the unique arid-lands of the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens from August 26-29. It is an unforgettable experience for readers and writers alike, and for those interested in ideas, culture, stories and language.

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September 2021

BOOK LAUNCH

Sun September 19 @ 11:00 am
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Tuncks Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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ALL WELCOME   FREE EVENT OLIVE MURIEL PINK Her radical and idealistic life by Colleen Keating Stay for lunch at the Bean Tree Cafe with the author and buy a signed copy.Later join us for a Pioneer Walk in the garden and learn more of Olive Pink with the curator of the park Ian Coleman  ENQUIRIES: COLLEEN KEATING  touchstoneten@gmail.com

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