Woomera Missile Park

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Woomera Missile Park
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Jonique Life
Australia2,147 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
What a great place to visit with so many interesting rockets and more. The museum was closed but you can read the plaques around to see what the items are.

It was really awesome to see the satellite that crashed in the Simpson Desert, you learn so much when you stop over at these places.

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Written 23 May 2021
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Xanerin
Alice Springs, Australia1,384 contributions
Dec. 2020 • Couples
What a beautiful park adorned with planes, rockets and drones. Have never seen anything like it and just loved the experience. Very informative. You will even see the rocket that launched our first satellite into space - how cool is that!
Written 28 December 2020
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Andrew P
Adelaide, Australia120 contributions
Jul. 2020
Defiantly pop past if you are in the area. This is an amazing piece of Australian defence history. I would have liked to have seen more plaques though telling the history of some of the static displays.
Written 15 July 2020
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Paul L
Cape Paterson, Australia712 contributions
Oct. 2019
This park hold a collection of aircraft, missiles and related items that is completely free to roam around. Given Woomera isn't exactly a bustling metropolis parking is easy and if you wanted it wouldn't be hard to stroll up from the museum.

Plenty of photo opportunities and certainly a useful place to stretch your legs and it's only 8km or so off the main Stuart Hwy so if you have an historical bent you should try to put this town on your itinerary.
Written 20 November 2019
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gregoryjarosch50
Vilnius, Lithuania203 contributions
Nov. 2019
Well the township of Woomera and surrounding area are definitely places to see for "city slickers" or those who say they don't understand isolation, or what a "hardship posting" might look like or why a swimming pool and free cinema would be such vital assets to have in such a location.

The background to Woomera starts after WWII in the late 1940's when an army Surveyor, Len Beadell, literally only individually and with a very small team surveyed, mapped the location of Woomera, and surrounding area for atomic, rocket, weapons testing, as the Cold War ramped up. At peak operation Woomera saw thousands of Australian, U.K., U.S. European service personnel, scientists, engineers, technicians and others (a number of families) descend on Woomera to do their research, testing and development stuff for decades after WWII.

Len Beadell liked the environment so much he even had his wishes of being buried there in the Woomera local cemetery. A quick browse through the cemetery with show a remarkably large number of those buried there either passing away soon after birth or in middle age i.e. in their 50's or 60's, says something about past conditions.

When one looks around the landscape one begins to understand how U.S. personnel saw Woomera as a "hardship posting", why it would be the most suitable area to test all manner of things that fly, explode, explore and why till the early 1980's Woomera was a restricted area.

Woomera has the aspect of a country town, with few people on the streets and roads. If your planning a visit, that doesn't contain your usual going to a location that contains "hustle and bustle" hype, type location, but your a movie director, script writer, or simply have a rich imagination looking for aspects of Area 51, or a place where aliens could land without much notice, or seeking locations for making movies like "High Noon", or "Invaders", or "Mad Max", or other with such sci-fi themes, then you have arrived and this is it.

Before you decide to go and give Woomera and surroundings a look at, contact the Woomera Heritage Centre, Ph 08 8673 7042, Monday - Friday 0630 - 1500 Saturday & Sunday 0700 - 1500 and make sure you ask about opening hours for the Woomera History Museum, pool, cinema, whether all the press button audio visual aids in the heritage centre museum are working etc. If coming in summer, between December - February, make sure you like hot, hot weather.

Take a camp chair, drive outside the township, find a safe, suitable location within view of the road and just sit and contemplate, "where do the local animals get their water from in the worlds largest weapons testing area".

There is an area within the heritage centre where one can see the various space exploration and research rockets launched from Woomera over the decades, there is the rocket/missle park outside the Woomera history museum, free to wander around.

You could probably do all the sights in and around Woomera, in a long early start day, tight schedule, all going according to plan, with no time for contemplation or reflection.

It's an interesting counter environment to being in a city or large town.
Written 16 November 2019
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Rob W
Newcastle, Australia39 contributions
Oct. 2019
Good to be able to see the equipment used for our early space exploration. Well worth the short drive from the highway into Woomera
Written 4 November 2019
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The Travelling Bourke's
Melton, Australia49 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Family
Heaps of different missiles scattered around the place with information on them all. A must do. Easy to walk around
Written 1 October 2019
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ceekay52
Melbourne, Australia23 contributions
Jul. 2019
An great place to visit for both children and adults. We were here on a Monday and unfortunately it was the only attraction open. Neither the adjacent museum nor the cinema or heritage centre (which was advertising open 7 days a week) showed any sign of visitors. Certainly a very quiet day. It was like a ghost town. Not the way to attract tourists!
Written 30 August 2019
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Henry V
Yulara, Australia112 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Business
Nice place to visit particularly with kids. Many Australians don’t know much about this place so the museum gives a nice amount of information and history of the area. Lots of toilets and a cafe .
Written 20 August 2019
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Barbara S
Logan City, Australia501 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Couples
We drove past this park and had to stop and check it out. There are multiple rockets to see. Woomera is a RAAF base for space, so it is understandable they have these for the public to see.
Written 6 July 2019
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