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Attractions in Woomera

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by Bev (subscribe)
Australia is a beautiful country with many places to explore in your own backyard.
Published January 3rd 2020
Historical accommodation, missile park & heritage centre

Woomera is a small township located about 188 kms north of Port Augusta. Travelling along the Stuart Highway you come across a small place called Pimba and that is where you take a 6km detour to Woomera and let me assure you it is worth the detour. On our recent trip from Adelaide to Coober Pedy, we made the detour and we were not disappointed at all.

We stayed at the Eldo Hotel, which is one of the biggest hotels in outback SA. It has 270 rooms from budget to deluxe ensuite rooms. The rooms are housed in separate building blocks, each block named after former rockets or missiles, such as Redstone, Black Knight and Blue Steel. The hotel was originally built to accommodate rocket scientists and defence personnel who worked there. Hence it has historical significance.

In the centre of the township is the Aircraft and Missile Park which features a range of aircrafts, rockets and missiles which were launched at Woomera. They have been very well-preserved. To name a few, there is a large rocket called The Black Arrow which was launched a few times between June 1969 to October 1972. Then there is the Meteor Mark 7 which is a British jet aircraft. There is also the famous Jindivik, a pilotless aircraft built by Australia. The park is not gated so you can visit any time of the day.

Next to the park is the Rocket Range Museum featuring artefacts and activities of Woomera residents in the early years.

Another attraction is the Heritage Centre which has a cafe, a souvenir shop and a modern interactive display and interpretive centre.

Woomera is indeed a unique place not found anywhere in the world and is very much worth a visit. It is an integral part of the Royal Australian Airforce history and heritage.
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