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Entrance to the Arid Lands Botanic Garden

In a dry, dusty corner of the Australian outback, where the yearly rainfall never exceeds 10 inches, an amazing garden is found. On the outskirts of South Australia’s Port Augusta, a determined group of volunteers established the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden in 1993. Designed by landscape architect, Grant Henderson, and set against the stunning backdrop of the Flinders Ranges, this 250 hectare garden features highly evolved plant communities—both fragile and complex—that are found nowhere else on earth.

Arid Land Plants

In addition to tough native grasses and stubby acacia trees, an AridSmart range of colourful and fragrant plants was sourced from Australia’s dry and most remote regions. Selected for their beauty, vigour and toughness, the AridSmart plants decorate the gardens and are sold to those who wish to plant a waterwise garden of their own.


Soak up the sounds and scents of Australia’s arid heart as you explore this unique plant collection – one that offers a haven to over 150 bird species. Browse a great gift shop and enjoy the views from the licensed garden cafe with coffee, or a glass of chilled wine with bush flavoured food. Open 7 days with free admission you can purchase plants here,  conduct research, or just immerse yourself in Australia’s fascinating arid zone.

 Coffee at the visitor's centre

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