Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

Please note, while restrictions put in place to respond to COVID-19 are easing, there may be some changes to business-as-usual to keep workers and visitors safe. Please contact the business for the most up to date information, including opening times and social distancing measures.

** Currently Closed ** The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is currently closed. They hope to reopen late in 2021.

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

Closed until 1 April, then Daily: 10am - 4pm; Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day

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

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Reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

BASED ON 487 REVIEWS

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

“Closed while being told this facility was open”

Reviewed on 26/04/2021

Cannot say too much about this facility as we could only take photos from the outside.

We arrived after driving 42km from Canberra on a windy road with a lot of roadworks & cyclists to find the...

Review by

Bob M

“Canberra Deep Space Communication Centre”

Reviewed on 10/04/2021

We stumbled upon this little Gem by accident on the way back from a hike. The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, it is an active site with several satellite dishes, an amazing museum inside...

Review by

joniquelife

“Really worth visiting!”

Reviewed on 16/01/2021

Very interesting and well put together visitor centre. We spoke to volunteer explainer Robert, who was so knowledgeable and so great at communicating on our level! Even our 7yo and 10yo understood...

Review by

RooeyFamily

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