Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Visit to Woomera! Pimba

Decided to spend another night at Spuds Roadhouse and today investigated nearby Woomera on our bikes - minus trailers.

Woomera is a small town, in the middle of nowhere, populated mainly by Australian Airforce Personnel. The desert area was chosen in 1947 as an ideal spot for the development and testing of rockets - a joint English/Australian venture. Local aborigines were moved out and the town was established. Many were later affected by nuclear fallout.

A history museum has an impressive collection of early rockets and planes.The photograph shows the first rocket "Long Tom", fired in 1957 and fueled by kerosene and hydrogen peroxide!
How far we've come since then!

Still cold and unseasonably wet here. Even the locals are complaining!

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