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Woomera is a small Outback town in South Australia, situated 483 kilometers (300 miles) north of Adelaide. It is a military owned town and testing site with a current population of about 300.

The town is open, and tourism is encouraged. Although all property in the town is owned by the military, land is leased by commercial enterprises, and shops and accommodation are available.

Understand[edit source]

Get in[edit source]

Woomera is 5-6 hours' drive from Adelaide and 4 hours' drive from Coober Pedy. The town is 6km off the highway down a well-marked road that turns off at the tiny hamlet of Pimba, where Spud's Roadhouse is a prominent feature.

Get around[edit source]

Woomera is small and is centred around Banool and Dewrang Avenues, with the Missile Park at the intersection of these.

Petrol costs around 30c/litre more than on the coast.

See[edit source]

  • Missile ParkCorner Banool and Dewrang Avenues. A selection of missiles and rockets which were developed here are on display in a park in the centre of town.
  • The Obelisk. It's a symbolic Australia Day Monument located next to the Woomera Theatre on Dewrang Avenue.
  • Len Beadell Memorial
  • National Engineering Landmark
  • Deep Station 41. This facility was built 25 kilometers south of Woomera at the Island Lagoon.
  • History MuseumCorner Banool and Dewrang Avenues (next to the Missile Park). 9AM-3PM. Separate to the museum in the visitors' centre. $4.
  • Rocket History MuseumDewrang Avenue (in the Visitors' Centre). 9AM-5PM. Small museum about the rockets that were developed here, with a bit about the local life. $6.
  • Breen Park Bird Reserve.

Do[edit source]

During the summer months from October to Anzac Day (25 April), the Woomera Swimming Pool complex is popular with locals and tourists. The complex features a 25-metre pool and a 1-metre diving board.

  • Woomera TheatreDewrang Avenue. Shows films most Saturday evenings. It also has a photogenic entrance at other times.
  • Bowling alleyDewrang Avenue (in the Visitors Centre). 9AM-5PM.

Buy[edit source]

  • Woomera Village StoreDewrang Avenue (opposite Visitors Centre). Sells groceries and booze.
  • Thrift StoreDewrang Avenue. Saturday 9am-3pm.

Eat[edit source]

  • Eldo HotelKotara Crescent (follow the signs). Standard pub food at standard outback prices (good drink prices though, especially during happy hour). Balcony overlooking the desert. Dinner 6pm-8:30pm, bar open later (from 9:30pm on Mondays to 12:30am on weekends). $20-$35.
  • Spud's RoadhousePimba, where the turnoff from the highway is. Typical roadhouse fare, including lavish burgers. $10-$30.

Drink[edit source]

Sleep[edit source]

  • Woomera Traveller's Village & Caravan Park.

Hotel[edit source]

  • Eldo HotelKotara Cr (follow the signs),  +61 8 8673 7867. Former workers' accommodation, it's pretty basic but clean and comfortable. $110 ensuite room.
  • Spud's RoadhousePimba, where the turnoff from the highway is. Motel rooms and caravan parking. $110 motel rooms.

Connect[edit source]

Telstra should have service in Woomera. Vodafone doesn't. Optus might.

There is no wifi at the Eldo and probably nowhere else either.

Go next[edit source]

Red Lake, Lake Richarson, Lake Windabout, Arcoona Lake, Mirage Lagoon, Whisky Swamp, Laek Mary, Purple Lake, Coorlay Lagon, Roxby Downs, Olympic Dam, Lake Campbell, Island Lagoon, Lake Hart, Lake Hanson

Routes through Woomera
Alice SpringsCoober Pedy  N Australian National Route A87.svg S  Port Augusta

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