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Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

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421 Discovery Drive | off Cotter & Paddys River Roads, Tidbinbilla, Paddys River 2620, Australia
+61 2 6201 7800
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Great for a short visit

We were visiting the nearby Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve for the day and decided to tack on a quick... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Fionainparis
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Melbourne, Australia
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Really interesting - great free indoor activity for the whole family.

My friend took us here. It was a hidden gem. Very scenic location the display inside was equally... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
KirstyZee
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421 Discovery Drive | off Cotter & Paddys River Roads, Tidbinbilla, Paddys River 2620, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were visiting the nearby Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve for the day and decided to tack on a quick visit to the Deep Space Complex before heading back into Canberra. It's about 5km further up the road - don't depend on your mobile phone for navigation...More

Thank Fionainparis
Reviewed 9 August 2017

My friend took us here. It was a hidden gem. Very scenic location the display inside was equally fascinating. Mix of picture, text and film exhibits, cafe and you can also watch the dishes tracking objects in deep space like the Juno explorer which is...More

Thank KirstyZee
Reviewed 20 July 2017

This deep space communication complex is about 40 mins drive out of Canberra. There is parking on site, phones need to be switched off from the sign post at the turn off, or can cause interference to the communications. There is a cafe on site,...More

Thank shebe43
Reviewed 14 July 2017

This is an excellent little facility, reached at the end of a pleasant drive through the countryside outside of Canberra. There are plenty of "oh wow" moments for the kids, and enough items to keep them interested for an hour or two. The volunteers here...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Canberra and have an interest in space stuff. The exhibition, which is self-guided (so no need to book times), contains real space suits, real space equipment, things from space and things that have been to space and...More

Thank mtbsafari
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

A hidden gem, definitely stop in if nearby or having a picnic. Free entry, a good museum which is not big but definitely interesting. Don't expect NASA but it's pretty nice.

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Really wanted to see this place as have a keen interest in Space and technology. Museum is basic and talks to man's exploration of space and the moon. Has some interesting things to look at and read. The real highlight is the DSS dishes. There...More

Thank reeciesezzie
Reviewed 1 July 2017

Whilst there are numerous other locations to visit in the Canberra area, it was a pleasant drive, to an informative display. Entry was free, with the museum not taking up half a day to walk around. Something that the kids can see and read, about...More

Thank gamain
Reviewed 21 May 2017

We visited the site and spent far longer than we anticipated. The guide - Jim - was extremely knowledgeable and informative and we spent ages chatting to him and learning lots of new things.

Thank Arthur C
Reviewed 17 May 2017

A pleasant 1hr drive from Canberra, Tidbinbilla is the epicentre of Deep Space Research in Australia. If you are expecting a Star Wars experience, forget it and go to the movies. The history and functionality of the Space Centre is solidly integrated into NASA's past...More

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Response from Makere H | Reviewed this property |
It is worth the drive but obviously no comparison to the Smithsonian as that gets more funding but if you are into deep space communications and exploration and sci fi like dr who Star Trek and Star Wars and deep space... More
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