To the uninitiated, Australia’s arid heart can seem barren and lifeless, but in fact the opposite is true. Our arid lands are home to thousands of highly evolved plant communities that are specially adapted to thrive in an environment where temperatures are extreme and drought can last for decades. Australia’s arid zone ecosystems are fragile and complex and they are found nowhere else on Earth.
The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden was established in 1993 to research, conserve and promote a wider appreciation of Australia’s arid zone flora, and was then officially opened on 24th September 1996. An initiative of Port Augusta City Council, the Garden facilitates scientific research. It’s also one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions!
Located on the shores of the 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.
Because of its coastal location, the Garden also features a biologically rich marine environment dominated by grey mangroves. This rare side-by-side pairing of arid and marine environments, along with a fascinating regional and cultural history, makes this botanic garden very special. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to soak in the sounds and scents of Australia’s arid heart.