Woomera Prohibited Area access zones

Under the co-existence framework, Defence remains the primary user of the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA). The WPA is divided into Green, Amber and Red access zones, each offering different levels of access or time-share to non-Defence users. 

Woomera access zones

The WPA access zone and external boundaries are shown in PIRSA Plan No 204192-001 (6Mb PDF).

A detailed map showing the WPA and access zone boundaries is also available on the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver. To display the WPA boundary and management zones, select Map Layers > Data > Land Access > Restricted Exploration or Production > Woomera Prohibited Area.

Green – infrequent Defence use

Non-Defence users may not need to be excluded during the course of the year, depending on the frequency and type of testing being conducted in the Green Zone.

Non-Defence users in the Green Zone may be required to evacuate for up to 56 days per year. Non-Defence users who have a Resource Production Permit will be given six months notice of any exclusion periods. Non-Defence users who do not have a Resource Production Permit will be given at least 21 days notice before the exclusion period begins.

Resource production companies operating in the WPA on an existing Deed of Access will continue to be notified of exclusions in accordance with the provisions of their Deed.

Amber – periodic Defence use

Non-Defence users in the Amber Zone will be notified every March of the exclusion periods for the coming financial year. 

  • Amber Zone 1 – South-Eastern Corner (Defence Periodic Use Zone 1 )
    New non-Defence users will be required to evacuate Amber Zone 1 (south-eastern corner of the WPA) completely, in blocks of 7 days duration, for 140 days per year.   
  • Amber Zone 2 – Corridor (Defence Periodic Use Zone 2)
    New non-Defence users will be required to evacuate Periodic Use Zone 2 (the centre-line corridor) in blocks of 7 days duration for 70 days per year.

Evacuation means no non-Defence personnel or activities are allowed on the site.

Red – continuous Defence use

In accordance with the WPA Rule 2014, no permits will be issued for the Red Zone.

Standing permission - public right of access

Separate to the Green, Amber and Red access zones, the Minister has granted a standing permission for people to access the:

  • Tarcoola—Darwin railway
  • Stuart Highway
  • Lake Cadibarrawirracanna Road (Public Access Route)
  • Olympic Way—Pimba Road (B97)
  • William Creek Road
  • Woomera Village.

This access may be suspended by Defence when required. A permit is not required when accessing these areas.