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.

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 around 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

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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