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Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

421 Discovery Drive | off Cotter & Paddys River Roads, Tidbinbilla, Paddys River 2620, Australia
+61 2 6201 7800
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Very informative - a hidden gem

We visited the site and spent far longer than we anticipated. The guide - Jim - was extremely... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Arthur C
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Ballan, Australia
A Cerebral Experience

A pleasant 1hr drive from Canberra, Tidbinbilla is the epicentre of Deep Space Research in... read more

Reviewed May 17, 2017
B G
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Sydney, Australia
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421 Discovery Drive | off Cotter & Paddys River Roads, Tidbinbilla, Paddys River 2620, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the site and spent far longer than we anticipated. The guide - Jim - was extremely knowledgeable and informative and we spent ages chatting to him and learning lots of new things.

Thank Arthur C
Reviewed May 17, 2017

A pleasant 1hr drive from Canberra, Tidbinbilla is the epicentre of Deep Space Research in Australia. If you are expecting a Star Wars experience, forget it and go to the movies. The history and functionality of the Space Centre is solidly integrated into NASA's past...More

Thank B G
Reviewed May 16, 2017 via mobile

don't bother if your looking for any information on deep space tracking.... being the reason you went there.... its got some space exhibits only... no info on radio telescopes no info on what data is recorded or what it looks like through any visual displays....More

2  Thank evilcruiser
Reviewed April 17, 2017 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...More

Thank mgb005
Reviewed April 16, 2017

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...More

2  Thank jukebox333
Reviewed April 15, 2017

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...More

1  Thank Gehan R
Reviewed April 11, 2017 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...More

Thank JayJay015
Reviewed April 10, 2017

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.

Thank fiona271162
Reviewed April 5, 2017

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...More

Thank Aussie64555
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.

Thank ChippyO
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Robyn E
Is it worth driving the distance? Any comparison to the Smithsonian in Washington DC?
July 9, 2015|
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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
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