Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Paddys River

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. To visit Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex on your holiday in Paddys River, and find out what else Paddys River has to offer, use our Paddys River trip planner.
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  • We were a bit hesitant to make the trip out to the Deep Space Comm Complex however my oldest son is a solar system fanatic so we made the trek out there. It did not disappoint. Only accessible either ...  more »
  • Visited this very interesting complex while on a country drive and was amazed with the infrastructure and location and information about what this facilty actually does. Noce visitor centre and cafe o...  more »
  • We spent a few hours exploring the Deep Space Centre and were most impress. Firstly it is a pretty drive to get there, whether driving from Canberra or from Cooma. Entry to the Centre is free, and as ...  more »
  • Well worth the visit, its a great drive through a lovely landscape to reach the complex. On entering the road directly leading to the deep space network its pretty amazing to see the large white telescopes amongst the rolling green hills. Unfortunately you can't enter the main complex itself but there is a building to visit which houses a very interesting exhibition of space paraphernalia, videos, images and fascinating information etc and the Moonrock cafe which has a fairly standard variety of underwhelming food (burgers, soup, hotdogs etc) at inflated prices, as well as a very random gift shop. Ideally, visiting the Deep Space Network would best be done as part of a 70/80km day trip loop from Canberra. Check the Deep Space website for details - Tourist drive 5. Its a great drive through beautiful landscape.
  • Very pretty place and the coffee is nice too

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