Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Paddys River
(4.3/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is home to Deep Space Station 43, a 70 m (230 feet ) diameter dish that communicated with Voyager 1 and other Mars probes. See displays of spacecraft and space tracking technology, as well as a moon rock collected by Apollo XI in 1969. Learn all about how satellite dishes operate at this center just 20 km (12.7 mi) from Canberra. Put Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex into our Paddys River family vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It's a hike out of Canberra, a nice drive but worth it....hmmm. It's okay. It's free so I guess you can't expect a lot. The big dishes were impressive. The displays were good and the running TV shows ...  more »
  • The complex is very cool, with a large structure of communication with the space. There is a museum with the history and travel equipment of man into space, in addition to the very beautiful landscape is a cultural tour. Highly recommended to meet.
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  • Travelled through some of Canberra's pleasant country side to get the venue of which we knew very little of and I think in someways we were left with more questions than answers. The museum was a litt...  more »
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  • This facility at Tidbinbilla is run for NASA by Australia's CSIRO. It is the Southernmost of three Deep Space Communications Complexes, the others being in the USA and Spain. Together they manage communications between NASA and all its space missions which are beyond Earth orbit. This includes all interplanetary spacecraft, the two Voyager craft which are heading out of the Solar System and the New Horizons mission which swept past Pluto in 2015. The visitor facilities were excellent and our tour of the facility in 2013 was an amazing experience. We thank Glenn Nagle for hosting us and explaining the various functions carried out there. We left (reluctantly), inspired by a greater understanding of one of the greatest human achievements of modern times - the conquering of outer space!
  • The drive here from Canberra was very scenic though make sure you have a printed map or download google maps offline as mobile reception (Optus) is problematic out this area. The centre itself is full of great stuff and lots of movies to watch in the cinema. I would definitely visit here again.
  • Great drive out on Tourist Drive 5. The visitor centre is excellent. Many interesting static exhibits and memorabilia (space suits etc), interactive displays and videos. Views of the dishes is jaw dropping. Good cafe to grab lunch or a coffee too.
  • place is cool. the security man leonard was very accomodating he let us in eventhough it was closed already because i left my bag inside with my passport in it. He is a very good man.
  • The exhibits are great. Plenty of videos to inspire Young's and olds. Laura gave a few very attractive speech. Yes, the cafe is not so good. Staff are rude therefore I did not order. Still don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.