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Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

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Address: 421 Discovery Drive | off Cotter & Paddys River Roads, Tidbinbilla, Paddys River 2620, Australia
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Such an important part of Australian history - well worth the visit. It's a shame the centre was not ore 'up market' in decor etc as this really needs to be much more important in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sydney, Australia
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such an important part of Australian history - well worth the visit. It's a shame the centre was not ore 'up market' in decor etc as this really needs to be much more important in the minds of Canberra visitors. The cafe was lovely, with a good view of the large dish and offered a few gluten free treats.

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Perth, Australia
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49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When compared to Mt Stromlo, and even the Boeing sponsored Questacon exhibit, Tidbinbilla now feels like a tired and out dated war horse. This should be such a great place to take kids interested in science - they have such an important role in deep space communications, but apart from seeing an actual moon rook, there's little here to captivate.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place should be a definite stop if you are visiting Canberra. A somewhat out-of-the-way place about an hour's drive from the Canberra city, it will definitely help you appreciate our place not only in our own solar system, but in the universe as a whole. The place has a wealth of information for the young and the old alike.

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Thank Gehan R
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No you can not do a tour of the radio telescopes or get close to them, but they are an awesome sight anyway! We found the visitors centre packed full of really interesting stuff and it's well set out so easy to get through. Loved seeing actual moon rock and other items used in space exploration over the years. There... More 

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Thank JayJay015
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A little way out of the way , but really worth the effort. The centre is continually changing .a place you can spend a lot of time just watching lots of short films.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Second visit to the Deep Space Centre. Very interesting and set in the Nature Reserve. Nice cafe in the DSC and the centre is obviously set up for school groups as a guy was giving a lecture to children on the Universe, planets etc. The weather was not good the day we visited, so was unable to look around much... More 

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Robertson, Australia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2017

An interesting place to visit. Knowledgeable staff. We were lucky enough to see one of the dishes moving in to place and listened to explanation of what it was looking for.

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Thank ChippyO
Sydney, Australia
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51 reviews
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Reviewed March 18, 2017

There is much history stored and on show at the visitors centre at the still operating deep space centre at Tidbinbilla. This is suitable for all the family, so well presented and very educational. It is in a lovely rural setting in the hills of Canberra. Sealed road, parking onsite, cafe and toilets.

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Comox, Canada
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220 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2017

If you are staying in Canberra and don't mind a bit of a drive, this site provides information on the Aussie role in the space program. But if you are not into techie stuff, you might want to give it a pass. The visitor centre has material on various space communications facilities in Australia, including several that are now closed.... More 

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Geraldton, Australia
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Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

Very interesting was good to sit outside and watch the large dish move. Very informative with a lot of information. Cafe serves up a great lunch.

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