Arid Recovery offers a very special experience for the general public, schools, community and corporate groups to interact with threatened species in a natural environment. We offer Sunset Tours, the Olympic Dam Discovery Tour and Dinner by Starlight Tours. All proceeds from tours go straight back into Arid Recovery conservation and research projects.

Sunset Tours


Arid Recovery sunset tours operate on request any night of the week between April and October. Contact us for availability outside of these times. 

Adult $40
Concession $30
Children (12 yrs & under) Free with paying adult
Group (6– 12 people) 10% discount

  • The tour departs one hour before sunset. The time will be confirmed when you book your ticket. 
  • Allow three hours for the tour. 
  • Once at the Reserve, you will take a guided tour through some of the unique habitats of Australia’s arid zone before stopping at the viewing platform to watch the spectacular desert sunset.
  • On dusk we will make our way through the dunes. Here you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the Reserve’s amazing animals, including Burrowing Bettongs and Spinifex Hopping Mice.
  • What you need: your own vehicle, drinking water, sturdy enclosed footwear, long pants, a warm jacket, torch and camera. 
  • Being a natural environment, we cannot guarantee what you will see, but we can guarantee a unique and moving experience.
  • Sunset tour visitors receive a one year Arid Recovery membership


Olympic Dam Discovery Tour


The Olympic Dam Discovery Tour operates each Wednesday morning from 9am-12pm between March and October. 

Adult $25
Concession $20
Children (4 yrs -12 yrs) Free 

  • The tour commences with documentaries about the history of Roxby Downs and Olympic Dam including a virtual underground tour.
  • You'll then get to experience a surface tour of the Olympic Dam mine site.
  • A journey to the Arid Recovery Reserve for a taste of what we have to offer completes the tour.
  • All visitors receive local discount vouchers
  • Children must be over 4 years old
  • Long pants and enclosed shoes must be worn

The last Olympic Dam Discovery Tour for 2017 will be held on the 16th of August. This is due to BHP having a major smelter shutdown commencing on 21 August. They will not be able to facilitate the tours for the rest of the year due to a change in the original planned works.

We will still be showing the ‘Olympic Dam Story’ Screening in our Cinema on each Wednesday morning until the end of October at 9am, or please call us to organise another time that will suit your group. This will be a free screening that shares the history of Roxby Downs and Olympic Dam, talks through the processing plant and also gives a virtual underground tour of the mine site.



Dinner by Starlight



Wine and dine as you watch the sun set over the Arid Recovery dunes and see the Reserve come to life as the stars come out.

Operating between April and October dinner by starlight experiences can be booked as a group or check with the Visitor Information Centre for the next available date to book yourself onto the tour.
 
Adult $55
Child $30

  • Transportation to and from Roxby Downs to the Arid Recovery Reserve
  • Drinks and platters on the viewing platform to watch the spectacular sunset 
  • Spotlight safari to see our mammals
  • Damper and a campfire dinner
  • The tour will last approximately 4.5 hours and departs 1 hour before sunset
  • A minimum number of 15 people are needed for the Starlight Dinner at Arid Recovery




 

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