For the Kids
Roxby Downs is often referred to “as the perfect town for young families” with daily activities for children aged 0-5 years. Activities include story time at the Community Library, dance lessons, playgroups, Lego club, a Splashpad, swimming pools and neighbourhood parks and playgrounds.
There are two schools and two child care centres. There are families with au pairs/nannies and also family day care options.
Roxby Downs provides a safe, sheltered environment for families to spend quality time together experiencing all that the Australian outback has to offer!
Check out our Youth Services page for things to do and how to book.
Working In Roxby Downs
Roxby Downs is home to many Contractors, BHP Billiton employees and their families and those that provide services to the town. Minesite workers commute to the Olympic Dam mine site which is an easy 15 minute drive from Roxby Downs.
People work in the schools, childcares, at the various retail outlets, restaurants and pubs. There are plenty of opportunities for part time and casual work too.
Extended supermarket trading hours are convenient for working families as well as plenty of flexible recreation options for your “off” time.
Roxby Downs is set against some of the most beautiful sweeping scenery in Australia. The red earth and the always-blue sky coupled with the stark Myall tree silhouettes is simply breath taking.
Residents are treated to stunning sunsets every evening, which get even better when there’s a fierce storm on the horizon.
The best way to appreciate the unique landscape is by hitting the footpath! Follow the Emu Trail and check out the view to the Olympic Dam mine site. Houses are snuggled amongst sand dunes but for the most part the streets of the town are similar to those in most other suburbs of Australia, however you may receive a visit from an unexpected guest; emus, snakes and monitor lizards are not uncommon!
There is some amazing wildlife in and around Roxby Downs.
Community Board and Community Forums
The Roxby Downs Community Board is made up of representatives from the town, BHP Billiton and Roxby Council. The Board is a separate entity to Roxby Council but both parties work together to produce positive outcomes for the community. The Board acts as a lobbying body and aims to improve the quality of life for residents in Roxby Downs.
The local representatives on the Community Board are from the interest group subcommittees known as forums. Residents are strongly encouraged to join the various forums to participate in shaping Roxby Downs. There are a wide range of groups including Women’s Network, Sport & Recreation, Environment and Business. Joining a forum is easy and helps to connect like-minded people.
Roxby Downs is situated in the far north of South Australia and has a desert climate which means the weather is often hot and dry. In the winter, expect cold crisp mornings warming up later in the day. There’s always plenty of sunshine!