Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : 2016-2017 Flinders Ranges and Outback VG
37 Roxby Downs is a young and vibrant town that supports the nearby communities of Woomera and Andamooka as well as surrounding outback stations. If you are heading to the outback make us your first or last stop to get your shopping and fuel before you head off the beaten track! We are the gateway to the outback with the Borefield Road leading you to the Oodnadatta Track where you can explore William Creek, Marree, Lake Eyre and beyond. Take the time to come and visit, or stay a day or two. There is a lot to see! ROXBY DOWNS • Visit the cultural and leisure precinct, home to the Roxby Downs Visitor Information Centre and a place where you can cool off in the pool, work out in the gym, catch up with the news in the community library, see a new movie in the cinema, visit the local art gallery or have a coffee in the Dunes Café. • Take an Olympic Dam Discovery Tour where you will learn about the creation and surface operations of our Olympic Dam Mine and the history of our town. The tour also visits the Arid Recovery Reserve where you can learn about the conservation work being done to reintroduce some of our locally extinct species. • Join an Arid Recovery Sunset Tour and see some of our nocturnal native species and an amazing sunset while being introduced to some of our native flora. • Drop into our local Tavern or the Roxby Downs Community Club for a cold drink or a great meal. ANDAMOOKA • Take the time to come and visit the unique opal mining town of Andamooka which is only 30kms from Roxby Downs. • Take a self-drive tour of this rugged outback town with the original opal miners cottages. See how the early miners lived back in the early 50s and 60s, tour our unique cemetery with some of the most amazing headstones, then visit the Andamooka Opal Museum. Here you will learn about the unique people who made this place their home from all over the world chasing their dreams! • Stay at the Andamooka Dukes Bottle House Motel or have an amazing meal at the Tuckabox Restaurant after a hard day of opal fossicking. • If you have a 4WD take a trip out to Lake Torrens and see this unique salt lake up close. Then come back to town for lunch at the Andamooka Yacht Club Cafe. WOOMERA • On your way in or out make sure you drop in and visit Woomera. Learn about the important role Woomera played in space exploration and its role as a rocket testing facility. • Observe the night sky from the Woomera Baker Observatory. • Walk around the Rocket Range Museum and test your skill in the only bowling alley north of Adelaide or have a great pub meal at the Eldo Hotel. We have great facilities so please make sure the next time you’re planning a trip come and visit us, we look forward to seeing you soon in Roxby Downs. Contact us at our Visitor Information Centre for more information. Roxby Downs Visitor Information Centre 1-15 Richardson Place, Roxby Downs SA PH: (08) 8671 5941 Email: email@example.com www.roxbylink.com.au ROXBY DOWNS An oasis in the desert explorer's way | flindersandoutback.com.au EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF UNDERGROUND LIVING • One and two bedroom units • Standard and family rooms with private ensuite • Free internet access • Free Wi-Fi for private laptops and smart phones • 360 degree lookout point above motel • LED TVs in every room • Laundry facilities • Barbecue facilities and outdoor eating area Ph: (08) 8672 5118 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.thelookoutcave.com THE LOOKOUT CAVE UNDERGROUND MOTEL ROXBY DOWNS AND OLYMPIC DAM 79 kilometres from Woomera map reference D6, page 18 In spring, look out for the bright red Sturt's Desert Pea – South Australia’s floral emblem. The local art gallery exhibits regional, local and visiting artists. Open Monday–Friday 8:30am–5pm and weekends 9am–1pm. Arid Recovery in conjunction with BHP Billiton, offer a 3 hour guided bus tour that begins with a virtual underground mine tour and introduction to Olympic Dam and Roxby Downs before taking you to view the surface operations of the Olympic Dam mine and get a taste of the Arid Recovery Reserve. Bookings are essential with a minimum 10 people needed for the tour to run. Arid Recovery also offers an opportunity to get up close to rare and endangered native species in a naturally wild arid zone environment. The Arid Zone Discovery Tour includes a short interpretive walk, see the stunning glow of an Outback sunset and spotlight nocturnal wildlife. Available April–October. Contact the Roxby Downs Visitor Information Centre for more information on both tours, bookings essential. Visit the Roxby Downs Cultural and Leisure Precinct, home to the Visitor Information Centre, movie cinema, library, art gallery, Dunes Café, modern gym and outdoor and indoor pool. From Roxby Downs and Olympic Dam, travel on Borefield Road to connect with the ‘Oodnadatta Track’ itinerary, or visit Andamooka then return to the ‘Explorer’s Way’ itinerary. COOBER PEDY 254 kilometres from Glendambo map reference B4, page 18 Coober Pedy celebrated its centenary in 2015 and half the residents of this opal-mining town live underground to escape hot temperatures in summer and stay cosy during winter. Only in Coober Pedy will you find underground churches and art galleries, plus a golf course without a blade of grass. With its frontier feel and strange lunar-like landscape, Coober Pedy has featured in many films. A range of above and underground accommodation is available. Try your hand at noodling for opals. A safe area in town is available to search for pieces of opal in mounds of dirt. Serious opal hunters need a permit from the local Department of Primary All Underground Accommodation A historic opal mining property, view original mining works, opal in its natural state, the Desert Sea Collection of fossils, the Soft Rock Café, Aboriginal Art gallery and the Revival Fellowship Church. Ph: (08) 8672 5777 www.cooberpedyexperience.com.au COMFORT INN COOBER PEDY EXPERIENCE Hutchison Street, Coober Pedy Ph: (08) 8672 5054 Fax: (08) 8672 5501 Mob: 0499 993 300 Email: email@example.com www.opalinn.com.au An underground town, Coober Pedy holds a fascination for visitors from all over the world. The Desert Cave Hotel enables the visitor to experience underground and aboveground rooms, good dining experiences, market leading tours and experiences, ultimate shopping and more! AGENTS FOR CEDRENT 4WD AND CAR HIRE. Desert Cave Hotel DESERT CAVE HOTEL / / / / OPAL INN HOTEL MOTEL CARAVAN PARK Hutchison Street, Coober Pedy Ph: (08) 8672 5688 Fax: (08) 8672 5198 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com www.desertcave.com.au Something for everyone in the centre of town! With well appointed accommodation, all caravan and camping amenities, plus a range of dining and bar facilities, it is a great base to explore Outback Australia. AGENTS FOR CEDRENT 4WD AND CAR HIRE. Opal Inn Hotel Motel Tourist Park Industries and Regions’ South Australian office. For more information, visit the Visitor Information Centre. To see natural seams of opals and fossils, visit the award-winning tourist attractions: Old Timer’s Mine and Museum, Tom’s Working Mine and the Umoona Opal Mine & Museum. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course, the only golf club in the world with reciprocal playing rights with St Andrews (the home of golf) in Scotland. Green fees and equipment can be hired at the Old Timer’s Mine. Coober Pedy is home to underground churches, with St Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church the first. The Serbian Orthodox Church has rock carvings in the walls, while the Catacomb Church is cut out of the sandstone and in the shape of a cross. Nearby attractions include Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park, with spectacular flat- topped, colourful mounds that have risen from the desert floor. A great photo opportunity at sunset, just a 30 minute drive (34 kilometres north) from town. Moon Plain is a vast expanse of rocky plain 16 kilometres north of Coober Pedy and rich in fossil deposits. It is also protected, so stay on the marked roads. Take a day trip to the Painted Desert, located in the Arckaringa Hills, 200 kilometres north of Coober Pedy. Formed more than 80 million years ago it’s known for its geological formations. It is accessible by 2WD but a 4WD is strongly recommended.
Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide