Written by Fraser, Katy and Sarah.
On day two, we woke up to a stunning sunrise with a few souls braving the icy water (the rest of us had a shower of the roll-on variety), before jumping into the 4 wheel drives and heading into Roxby Downs for a tour of the Olympic Dam mine site.
The tour started off with a dazzling BHP marketing presentation, purporting that ‘safety is our number one
priority’, ‘people are our greatest asset’ and that the
community and the environment are ‘our top priorities’.
The afternoon was spent in Woomera, starting off with lunch in the surprisingly flash Eldo Hotel, serving up
everything from croc to wallaby, kangaroo, emu and
We then proceeded to the Woomera National Aerospace and Missile Park to learn about the Woomera Rocket Range project focussed on the development of long-range weapons systems. Much to Paul’s dismay, his car lights had been left on and engine refused to start. Luckily ‘Country Girl’ Katy came to the rescue and jump started the engine back to life. We then made our way back to Arid Recovery Reserve, where Pauls cooking skills redeemed his driving faux pas.
We ended the day with a guided night walk through the Arid Recovery Region by the lovely Perry Carter. Here, we spotted the endangered Western Barred Bandicoot (Perameles bougainville) which, once widespread, is now extinct on mainland Australia. Intense card games and political conversation over chocolate followed, with students dropping off like flies to bed after such a busy day.