Woomera is today a modern village that has an interesting past. During the ‘cold war’ Woomera was seen as the Australia’s frontier town in ‘doing our part’. Rockets, missiles and atom bombs are the modern history of the town.

The new town was established on Commonwealth land procured for the purpose, and named after the Aboriginal spear throwing implement the woomera which extends the range a spear can be thrown. During the 1960s, over 7,000 people lived and worked at Woomera

Construction of Woomera Village began in mid-1947 to cater for thousands of people moving there as part of the Anglo-Australian Project. The project lasted for 30 years and saw Woomera become one of the most secret allied bases established during the Cold War.

During its heyday (1949–69), the village population reached around 7,000. However, by the end of the 1960s the Anglo-Australian Project was rapidly winding down.

In its heyday, Australia once had the renowned position in space research and development that saw Woomera as second only to Cape Caneveral in the in the number of annual rocket and missile launches.

Today Woomera is not much more than a museum, but given the increasing mining activities at nearby Roxby Downs a new and positive future awaits.

The display of missiles and rockets in Woomera determines every big kid will have to visit. The museum has them all.

The Woomera Hotel has always been the central social location with many a secret absorbed into the walls.

Not surprisingly the churches are all circa 1950’s unimaginative buildings.

The Woomera War Memorial is located within the central memorial gardens.

A stopover in Woomera can be a consideration but not necessary. A visit is a must.

Heritage diary



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course