Woomera SA 5720, Australia
Rocketeer's Time Capsule; Aboriginal LegacyNowhere else in Australia is like Woomera: a modern village w/an interesting past. During the ‘cold war’ it was seen as Australia’s frontier town ‘doing our part’. Rockets, missiles & atom bombs being the modern history of the town.
The town established on Commonwealth land was procured for the purpose & named after the Aboriginal spear throwing implement: woomera -- which extends the range a spear can be thrown.
In its heyday Woomera once had the renowned position in space research & development that saw it as second only to Cape Caneveral, FL, in number of annual rocket & missile launches.
At 127,000 sq. km – twice Tasmania's size – there’s still plenty of room to launch something, test something, roll-a-ball down something or simply swing a cattle truck or golf club in the middle of this red gibber Protected Area where Woomera situates. Though an eighth of SA remains a no-go zone; a place of secret military testing, nuclear explosions and a heck of load of sheep (and their droppings).
And, while it looks like a large booming country town: rows of relatively new houses, a two-story hotel, apartment buildings, shops, hospital, school, theatre, bowling alley, playgrounds and more -- only thing missing is people. A stay @ Woomera's Eldo Hotel is also historic. From the outside the main building looks like a 60s high school. Inside is a modern, cool restaurant & retro-bar with a large balcony that affords amazing desert vistas with your "Sundowner". Cheers Mate!