Welcome to Woomera & Around
A 6km detour off the Stuart Hwy from little truckstop Pimba (population 50; 481km north of Adelaide), Woomera (population 150) emerged as a settlement in 1947 as HQ for experimental British rocket and nuclear tests at notorious sites like Maralinga. The local Maralinga Tjarutja people suffered greatly from the resulting nuclear fallout. You can visit the Maralinga test site with Maralinga Atomic Bomb Test Site Tours via Ceduna on the Eyre Peninsula. Woomera itself is Kokatha tribal country.
These days Woomera remains an eerie artificial town that's still an active Department of Defence test site. Beyond Woomera, drive-through Glendambo and quirky Roxby Downs offer different takes on the outback-town experience.