Woomera Prohibited Area exclusion periods

Amber Zone

Defence has planned its use of the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) for the testing of war materiel and has determined the following exclusion periods for the Amber Zone:

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The closures for Amber Zone 1 and 2 are published on the Federal Register of Legislation at legislation.gov.au/Details/F2019L00323

Amber Zone 1 – South-Eastern Corner

  • 3 March—4 May 2020

Amber Zone 2 – Corridor

Includes a section of the Anne Beadell Highway.

  • 3–30 March 2020

Green Zone

Notifications of restrictions in parts of the Green Zone will be made through this website and relevant travel information outlets with 21 days notice.

Who is affected?

The exclusion periods affect new non-Defence users of the WPA subject to the WPA Rule 2014.

Existing non-Defence users of the WPA, including mines subject to a deed of access, pastoral lease holders and Aboriginal persons and traditional owners, may continue to operate under their current access arrangements, including evacuation from the WPA for Defence testing as required.

Defence will undertake regular monitoring to ensure there is no unauthorised access into the access zones during an exclusion period.


Restrictions on access to the Woomera Protected Area (PDF) are summarised in this poster, which you can download or print for reference.

Commonwealth legislation and determinations define the prohibited area and exclusion periods.