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Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

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A very interesting visit to see a dseries of working radio telescopes

Being about 25km away from Tuggeranong, and nestling in the Brindabella hills, the station gives an... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bryan H
Tidbinbilla radio telescopes Canberra

A very pleasant 45 minute drive from Canberra the dishes at Tidbinbilla offer an exciting venture... read more

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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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Reviewed 4 days ago

Being about 25km away from Tuggeranong, and nestling in the Brindabella hills, the station gives an excellent view of space exploration. Depending on the activity at the time it may be possible to see real time commentary from deep space. A piece of moon rock...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A very pleasant 45 minute drive from Canberra the dishes at Tidbinbilla offer an exciting venture into deep space. Great displays of photos and explanatory labels with continuous films and space suits and Mars rovers. The cafe and gift shop leave a lot to be...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is about a 40 min drive out of Canberra but my kids really enjoyed the visit. We spent 1 hour in the Complex with my kids getting to read a lot about the Space race. The highlight being seeing a rock from the moon...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always fascinating to see an operational facility. In addition to exhibits, to see real time info on screens as deep space objects are tracked is a great feature. Watching the giant dishes turn occasionally was a real bonus. Outdoor cafe and play area for kids...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank PeterGC5000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staying in Canberra for two days we found an innocuous pamphlet for the Deep Space Centre. So we jumped into an Uber and took the 45 minute trip out to the centre. An array of four radio telescopes surrounded the small but interesting complex. Filled...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JasonBodnar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hidden gem if you are even remotely interested in deep space communications. Fantastic free displays of exploration and communications. Great for all ages. Even the teenagers with us managed to awe at the 70m dish.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 27 November 2018 via mobile

If you or your kids are interested in space this is a pretty cool place. Not the biggest but really interesting. Not too sure if they had any tours but that would have been good. There is a cafe there, also not much phone reception...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 885natashaj
Reviewed 21 November 2018

This is worth the detour off the scenic drive along Paddy's River Road. The giant parabolic antennas - of a size never likely to be exceeded in these days of antenna arrays are a surprising sight in the ACT countryside. The visitor centre has plenty...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank HectorFromBerne
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We drove 45 minutes from Canberra central - definitely worth the trip if you are a space/history/scifi buff. The historical pieces and the stories associated with the NASA organisation and the part Australia played in the space race are amazing. The staff were lovely and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ktt72
Reviewed 28 September 2018

I have known about the Deep Space Communication facility to the south of the range of hills I can see from where I live, but I did not realise that they have a wonderfully little museum and interactive display for visitors. This was a fantastic...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Bikash A
18 August 2018|
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Response from MewPingu | Reviewed this property |
Not for night time.
Suzanne C
11 February 2018|
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Response from ForeverYoung50 | Reviewed this property |
You cannot get there by public transport! I suggest you hire a car for the day.
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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