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Olympic Dam Discovery Tour
Producing a variety of metals and minerals, including copper, silver, gold and uranium, the Olympic Dam mine site is the lifeblood of the Olympic Dam area. To learn more about the mine and its inner workings, joining an Olympic Dam Discovery Tour is a must before heading home on flights from Olympic Dam. During the tour, you’ll enjoy a presentation about the mine, a virtual underground mine tour and a guided bus ride to the mine site. Although you won’t be able to head below ground, you will have the chance to look within the Olympic Dam site, admiring its grand scale.
Arid Recovery Reserve
Located just 20 minutes from Olympic Dam, the Arid Recovery Reserve is well worth a visit if you have an interest in Australia’s native wildlife. Home to bilbies, bandicoots, quolls and more, the reserve was established to help protect threatened species native to the Australian Outback. The best way to see the reserve and learn more about its mission is to join a sunset tour. Operating from April to October, the guided tours allow you to see native species in their natural habitat, while also learning about the features of Australia’s unique arid zone. To join the tour, you will need your own vehicle, so consider booking a hire car when you secure your flights to Olympic Dam.
Situated in nearby Roxby Downs, the Roxby Cinema screens all the latest and greatest films. With four screenings daily and room for up to 60 patrons, there are plenty of opportunities to see the newest feature films on the big screen. A variety of snacks are available to purchase, allowing you to enjoy a classic cinema experience. Due to the cinema’s small size, if you do plan to see a film after your flights to Olympic Dam Airport (OLP) arrive, be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the screening is due to begin.
Roxbylink Leisure Centre
Whether you’re wanting to cool down on a hot summer’s day or are looking to get active once your flights to Olympic Dam touch down, make your way to Roxby Downs and stop by the Roxbylink Leisure Centre. Home to indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gym, tennis courts and more, there are plenty of great ways to wind down, have some fun or stay on top of your fitness goals.
What are the top tips for first time travellers to Olympic Dam?
As Olympic Dam is primarily a mining hub, you’ll find the closest accommodation in Roxby Downs. With a variety of accommodation to choose from, you’ll find everything from holiday parks and motor inns to apartment-style accommodation.
There are limited public transport options in both Olympic Dam and Roxby Downs. To make exploring the region more convenient, consider hiring a car. With vehicles available at Olympic Dam Airport, it’s easy to make your way to your accommodation once you arrive. The number of vehicles available may be limited, so be sure to secure a hire car when you book your Olympic Dam flights.
What should you pack when visiting Olympic Dam?
If your Olympic Dam flights are due to arrive during summer, you should consider packing clothing that is lightweight and very breathable. From December to February, daytime temperatures average between 35℃ and 37℃, although temperatures may climb higher. Look for clothing made from natural fibres, such as cotton and linen, which will help to wick any moisture away from your skin, keeping you comfortable.
During autumn and spring, temperatures in Olympic Dam are quite warm, averaging between 22℃ and 32℃ during the day. If you’re set to book flights to Olympic Dam that will arrive during either season, think about packing a few t-shirts and pairs of shorts. Due to the town’s Outback location, temperatures can drop quite quickly after dark. Add a jacket to your packing list to keep you warm once the sun sets.
Winter in Olympic Dam is typically quite mild, with visitors to the town experiencing average daytime temperatures of around 20℃. If you’re planning to book flights to Olympic Dam Airport that will arrive in winter, pack clothing that can be easily layered. While the days are rather pleasant, evening temperatures can fall as low as 4℃, meaning that a coat may be a welcome addition to your luggage.
If you plan to spend time outdoors during your stay in Olympic Dam, be sure to add a hat, a pair of sunglasses and some sunscreen to your packing list. The Australian sun is very harsh all year round, so it’s important to protect your skin accordingly.
Which airlines fly to Olympic Dam?
Alliance Airlines flies to Olympic Dam.
Which cities fly direct to Olympic Dam?
Direct flights from Adelaide to Olympic Dam are available.
How far is Olympic Dam from Adelaide?
Olympic Dam is approximately 550 kilometres away from Adelaide.