Roxby Downs is a vibrant modern purpose-built town, set amongst red sand dunes, myall and native pine groves. Built in 1987 to service the giant world class Olympic Dam copper, uranium mine and processing plant, the town is an oasis in the desert. A full range of shopping, commercial and sporting facilities caters for locals and visitors alike.
The contemporary Roxby Downs Cultural Precinct in the centre of town is a good
starting point for visitors. There are interpretive displays on the township, the giant Olympic Dam Mine and Process Site, along with surrounding area. Knowledgeable staff assist with information to help make the most of your time here. Within the complex there is an Art Gallery and movies in the Outback Cinema. At the auditorium there may well be a theatre production or performance.
The Emu Walk/Arboretum self guided walk highlights local flora. Tours are conducted of the Arid Recovery Centre where indigenous fauna are being reintroduced into protected area.
Lake Eyre, the Oodnadatta Track and Marree to the north, Lake Torrens and the Andamooka Opal fields to the east and Woomera rocket Range in the south are within 1-2 hours drive. Roxby Downs is an ideal central base.
Roxby Downs Visitor Information Centre
Phone (08) 8671 2001
Olympic Dam Mine
Olympic Dam Mine is the world's largest copper-uranium mine and produces copper. uranium, gold and silver. It was named after the stock watering dam under which the orebody lies. The mine is different to traditional mining sites as it mines and processes the ore through to refined products on site, ready for export. The mine operates with a high degree of automation and state of the art technology is used in the smelting process.