In 1975 Roxby Downs station was a hard-working property on the red sand dunes of central South Australia. That was until a body of copper and uranium, the largest in the world, was discovered near a dam. Roxby Downs, the township, was built to accommodate the employees of the Olympic Dam mining project and has many modern facilities.
7 Richardson Pl; (08) 8671 2001
Nearby national parks
Cultural Precinct: incorporates the visitor centre, cinema, cafe, art gallery with local and touring exhibitions, and interpretive display on town and dam history; Richardson Pl.
Arid Discovery: area of native landscape with sunset tours to see reintroduced native animals, including bilbies and burrowing bettongs. A highlight is the close viewing of animals in the observation hide; contact visitor centre for tour details.
Emu Walk: self-guide flora walk through town; contact visitor centre.
Olympic Dam Mining Complex: an extensive underground system of roadways and trains services the mine that produces refined copper, uranium oxide, gold and silver. The mine is 9 km N, but limited views are available at the site. Olympic Dam Tours run surface tours 2 days a week; tours cost $10 with proceeds going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service; times and bookings through the visitor centre.
Rest areas around town
Pimba rest area 78 km
Adjacent to the roadhouse.
Island Lagoon North rest area 83 km
20km NW of Pimba (L) or 93km SE of Glendambo (R)
Just off the highway with good views over the surrounding countryside.
Lake Hart rest area 89 km
40km NW of Pimba (R) or 73km SE of Glendambo (L)
Well off the highway and overlooking the lake.
155km N of Port Augusta (L) or 18km S of Pimba (R)
Well off the highway with good views over the surrounding countryside.
What's on around town
Market: Richardson Pl; closest Sat to the 15th each month.
Outback Fringe Festival: Apr.