Arid Recovery Reserve
Initially a public relations exercise for BHP Billiton’s massive Olympic Dam mine, the Arid Recovery Reserve at Roxby Downs is now an excellent example of how industry, government and the community can work together to have a positive impact on the natural environment.
The 86 square kilometres here are now nearly completely free of feral pests, leading to the dramatic return of wildlife – both by natural ‘rebounding’, and by successful adaptation of re-introduced species. On a three-hour sunset tour, run by volunteers, you have a good chance of seeing burrowing bettongs, bilbies, western barred bandicoots and some of the other rarely seen species of the arid lands. Bookings are essential through Roxby Downs visitor centre.
(08) 8671 2001