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“Very Big Dishes” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
421 Discovery Drive | Tidbinbilla, Canberra 2609, Australia
(02) 6201 7800
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Ranked #17 of 96 Attractions in Canberra
Type: Science Museums, Museums
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The Angle, Nsw, Australia
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“Very Big Dishes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

It is always fun to experience the sheer magnitude of these tracking dishes. The cafe is also pleasant.

Visited January 2013
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“Excellent place to take the kids and interesting for adults as well!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Canberra Deep Space Communication complex has the antenna that received the worlds first images of Neil Armstrong moon landing - it's worth the visit just to see this! Seeing the sheer size of the 'Dishes' up close is a thrill! Tidbinbilla is a pleasant 30 minute drive from Canberra CBD & suburbs. The small museum is educational and informative. Take a picnic lunch and stop off at the Cotter Dam for a great day out. Highly recommended day out for primary school kids with inquiring minds and all budding young scientists...and anyone old enough to remember the NASA Apollo voyages!

Visited June 2013
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“Cool to see the dishes up close... but...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

That's about it...

This place was uninspiring. Kind of regret losing the time to travel out there to see it. Interesting enough - but wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Apparently Parkes is better??

I would hate to have kids having great expectations and then arriving to a severely underwhelming display such as this... The dishes out in the lanscape make for some great photos - but that's about all I can say...

Visited March 2013
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Sydney
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“Great educational experience.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

The drive to Tidbinbilla is lovely and well worth the effort. This is a massive installation and it is great to be able to see it in reality and learn how it operates. The little museum there has a small but interesting display of exhibits highlighted by the moon rock. Black and sparkling, it is worth the trip just to see this alone. There is a small attached cafe which gives you the opportunity to have lunch etc. This is a good choice for those with a liking for science and an inspiration for young people.

Visited April 2013
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“Saw my first Moonrock”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Driving through the National Park then you see them. Giant spheres that talk to space. The museum though not big is very interesting and I saw my first moon rock. There are people there that will explain the workings of the communication centre to you and who they are talking to at the time.

Visited April 2013
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