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Xanerin wrote a review Dec 2020
Alice Springs, Australia1318 contributions692 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Andrew P wrote a review Jul 2020
Adelaide, Australia120 contributions51 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Paul L wrote a review Nov 2019
Cape Paterson, Australia711 contributions302 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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gregoryjarosch50 wrote a review Nov 2019
Vilnius, Lithuania203 contributions37 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Rob W wrote a review Nov 2019
Newcastle, Australia39 contributions7 helpful votes
Good to be able to see the equipment used for our early space exploration. Well worth the short drive from the highway into Woomera
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Date of experience: October 2019
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