Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

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Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and Deep Space Cafe, which will be closed until further notice.

Take a leap into outer space at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, a 45-minute drive from the heart of Canberra. Here you’ll discover NASA’s Deep Space Network, an international network of antennas that support interplanetary spacecraft missions. The impressively sized antenna dishes at the complex send and receive data from spacecraft exploring the solar system and beyond. For a great view of the dishes, as well as an insightful exhibit about Australia’s role in space exploration, head to the Canberra Space Centre on the complex grounds.

  • Deep Space Station 34 Deep space communication antennas
    Deep space communication antennas
  • Deep Space Station 43 - largest dish in Australia
    Deep space tracking station at Tidbinbilla
  • Capturing whispers from deep space at Deep space communication antennas
    Tracking spacecraft across the solar system and beyond
  • Radio quiet valley location at Canberra Deep space communication complex
    CDSCC operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Educational displays in the visitor centre at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
    Educational displays in the visitor centre
  • Inside view of visitors browsing displays at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
    Canberra Space Centre

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Daily: 9 am - 5 pm. Café : 9.30 am -4 pm; Christmas Day: Closed

COSTS

Free

ACCESSIBILITY

Disabled access available, contact operator for details

Location

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

421 Discovery Drive, Tourist Drive 5, Tidbinbilla, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Features

Cafe

Carpark

Family Friendly

Non Smoking Establishment

Pet Friendly - Enquire

Reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

BASED ON 484 REVIEWS

Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Paddys River on TripAdvisor

Awards

  • Travelers Choice 2020

“Deep space”

Reviewed on 12/05/2020

Not really much info about what they actually do there now but you do get deeper understanding of space and history. But it focuses the latter.

Review by

GeorgeyPorgeyPandP

“Fantastic and interesting especially for eager young scientific minds”

Reviewed on 10/03/2020

We must have visited this complex at least half a dozen times over the years. There is so much to see. Once there was a lecture where the lecturer said: " In 30 years one of you children sitting...

Review by

Linda C

“Great place to visit”

Reviewed on 08/03/2020

The cafe is very good and the visitor centre kept us interested for about an hour. Well worth the drive from Canberra. Good for families with kids. Could combine with a visit to tidbinbilla nature...

Review by

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