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Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Location: Situated 1.4 km from the start of the Stuart Highway heading towards the Northern Territory
Phone: (08) 8641 9116

The Garden

The garden occupies an area of more than 250 hectares. About 12 km of walking tracks have been established to allow you to view the arid native plants. Group plantings with interpretive signage showcase the various regional arid zone environments of Southern Australia.

It is free to inspect the garden. You can either pick up a self guided tour brochure from the Visitor Centre to learn more about the arid land plants yourself at your own pace or join a guided tour. Most of the plants are labled and there are many informative interpretive signs to give you a little more information.

Guided Tours

Experienced Tour Guides are eager to show case their Garden to you with Guided Tours being available weekdays at 10am (charges apply). Large groups, including weekend tours by appointment.

The Garden is also a bird lovers paradise with two bird hides incorporating interpretive signage. A number of watering holes and nesting boxes have also been established throughout the Garden to help attract birds to entice the real enthusiast and to balance the ecology of the Garden.

The AridSmart Display Gardens will show you what you can grow in your water wise garden at home.

Gift Shop

If you like what you see, you can purchase the most popular native plants from our AridSmart plant shop, located in the Gift Shop in the Visitors Centre. We encourage everyone to be AridSmart.


The licensed Bluebush Café in the award winning Visitor Centre has some of the best food and cakes in town, all made on site.

You can enjoy a freshly brewed espresso or a glass of regional wine with maybe some of the native bush herbs and spiced infused menu choices.

The Quandong Cake or cheesecake, or the Lemon Myrtle Pancake drizzled with Quandong Sauce are really popular.

Take a stroll around the Garden while enjoying one of their new exclusive lines of Quandong, Native Lime, Wattleseed or Lemon Myrlte Icecream, served in a waffle cone or you can dine in the Bluebush Cafe in style.

Conferences & Meetings

The WMC Herbarium - Meeting Room can be hired for meetings, conferences or for a small intimate celebration.

Visitor Centre Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm (December - March)

Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm (April-November)

Saturday, Sunday & Public holidays 10.00am - 4.00pm
Open all public holidays with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day & Good Friday.

The Garden opens at 7.30am and closes at sundown, allowing time to view the birds at their best.

For more information visit our website


All prices include GST and are subject to change without notice.


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