Replicas, parts of and actual models of the types of missiles, rockets, weapons
Woomera is a town located in the Far North region of South Australia, about 446km north of Adelaide or 188km north of Port Augusta. Woomera is an Aboriginal word for "a short stick used to launch a spear."
The Woomera township is part of the RAAF Base Woomera and was specifically designed by the Long Range Weapons Board of Administration to provide accommodation and facilities for personnel who came to work at the isolated experimental station.
The main appeal to visit Woomera today is its amazing history. Outdoor displays at Woomera Heritage Centre and the Missile Park exhibit the replicas, parts of and actual models of the types of missiles, rockets, weapons that had been used or tested in Woomera.
First, we went to Woomera Heritage Centre outdoor display located on Dewrang Avenue. Looking at these displays of old rockets and aircraft, it was just like going into the time warp. The full size of rockets and aircraft were displayed here.
Then, we crossed the road to go to Missile Park. There is an information shelter that gives you brief information about the history of Woomera. You can see Black Arrow, a large rocket which was launched four times from June 1969 to October 1972. You can also see a Meteor Mark 7, a British jet aircraft which was used against German V-1 rockets. You don't want to miss the famous Jindivik, the Australian designed and built pilotless target aircraft which was first manufactured in 1952 and completed over 100 flights. There is also the Ikara, an Australian developed anti-submarine weapon, which was capable of delivering an American 44 type homing torpedo by means of radio tracking and guidance systems.
This exhibitions are free but come prepared with sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent as you might spend a few hours wandering around in areas with no shade. This place is a great reminder of the golden era Australia's space history and I hope they maintain these exhibits. You can find more details on (08) 8673 7042 or 1300 761 620 or go to their Facebook page.