Woomera and its testing range were established in 1947 as a site for launching British experimental rockets during the Cold War era. The town was a restricted area until 1982. The Woomera Prohibited Area remains in force today and is still one of the largest land-based rocket ranges in the world. Until 2003, Woomera was the site of a controversial detention centre for refugees. The detainees are now held at the Baxter Detention Centre near Port Augusta.
Dewrang Ave; (08) 8673 7042 or 1300 761 620
Nearby national parks
Heritage and Visitor Information Centre: provides a detailed history of the area through videos, exhibitions, rocket relics and photographic displays. It also includes a bowling alley. Tours of the Rocket Range can be booked and depart here; Dewrang Ave.
Missile Park: open-air defence display of rockets, aircraft and weapons; Cnr Banool and Dewrang aves.
Baker Observatory: viewing the night sky through a computer-controlled telescope; contact visitor centre for details.
Eco-friendly activities around town
Rest areas around town
Pimba rest area 7 km
Adjacent to the roadhouse.
155km N of Port Augusta (L) or 18km S of Pimba (R)
Well off the highway with good views over the surrounding countryside.
Island Lagoon North rest area 23 km
20km NW of Pimba (L) or 93km SE of Glendambo (R)
Just off the highway with good views over the surrounding countryside.
Lake Hart rest area 41 km
40km NW of Pimba (R) or 73km SE of Glendambo (L)
Well off the highway and overlooking the lake.
103km N of Port Augusta (L) or 70km S of Pimba (R)
Just off the highway among a couple of trees.
Relief Hill rest area 87 km
88km NW of Pimba (R) or 25km SE of Glendambo (L)
Just off the highway and surrounded by scrub.