New users require permits for entry to the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA), except for areas covered by a standing permission (main roads and the railway). New users include mining companies, exploration companies, opal miners, researchers and tourists.

The pastoralists, Aboriginal persons and traditional owners, rail operator and existing mines as at 2014, granted access under the then Defence Force Regulations 1952 (superseded by Defence Regulation 2016), and people employed or engaged by those users, may continue to access the WPA using the leases, deeds and other permissions provided under the regulations.

You can subscribe to WPA exclusion period updates by emailing us with 'Subscribe' as the subject; see Contact.

Aboriginal lands and conservation parks permit requirements

Permits may also be required to access the following areas within or adjoining the WPA: