A permit is required for entry to the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA), except for areas covered by a standing permission (main roads and the railway). Permit applications should be lodged by mining companies, exploration companies, opal miners, researchers and tourists.
Tourist and research permits will not be issued for travel in an access zone during an exclusion period. Exclusions periods are reserved for Defence use only, to ensure the safety and security of travellers and Defence staff. Permit holders may be required to evacuate the WPA during an exclusion period.
Exclusion periods are published in March of each year, showing the access restrictions which will apply during the following financial year (1 July to 30 June). Notifications for restrictions in parts of the Green Zone may be provided only three weeks in advance.
Pastoralists, Aboriginal persons and traditional owners, the rail owner and operator, and mines subject to a deed of access, and people employed or engaged by those users, may continue to access the WPA under their existing permissions provided by the Defence Force Regulations 1952.
Aboriginal lands and conservation parks permit requirements
Permits may also be required to access the following areas within or adjoining the WPA:
- Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands
- Maralinga Tjarutja lands
- Mamungari Conservation Park
- Tallaringa Conservation Park.