Olympic Dam Mine


Useful Information

Location: Roxby Downs.
Open:  
Fee: Adults AUD 19.50, Children AUD 9.50, Seniors AUD 18. [2004]
Classification: ExplainCopper Mine
Light: n/a
Dimension: L=120,000m.
Guided tours: D=2.5h.
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Address: Roxby Downs Mine Site, Olympic Dam, Tel: +61-8-8671-0788, Fax: +61-8-8671-0847.
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History

1975 ores discovered.

Description

The Olympic Dam Mine mines the largest accumulation of uranium in the world, the fifth largest copper deposit and there is almost as much gold as the Golden Mile in Western Australia and more silver than in Broken Hill. Copper is the primary product, but uranium, gold and silver are separated. At the moment 500t of ore are mined per hour which equals 1,500t of pure copper every week. The mine is owned by Western Mining. The State of South Australia earns about 250-million dollars a year on the mine.