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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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+61 2 6201 7800
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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Excellent place to visit for deep space enthusiasts

Enjoyed the exhibits at the centre. My 5 year old son is very interested with space. He took photos inside the spacesuit. He was excited to see the food that, astronauts eat and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Siddhartha S
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Sydney, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

About a 40 minute drive from Canberra on a decent road. The exhibits are OK, they deal mostly with the Apollo missions and what it is/was like to be in space during that time. In some ways it was a little disappointing, there needs to be a little more signage/information about the displays. They generate more questions than they provide... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Enjoyed the exhibits at the centre. My 5 year old son is very interested with space. He took photos inside the spacesuit. He was excited to see the food that, astronauts eat and the model of the Mars Rover. We also saw for some time the documentary in the auditorium. He wanted to see something in the sky in an... More 

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's worth the drive out to the deep space centre to get a real life look at the satellite dishes: they are huge! There's some interesting displays and movies about the space program and a cafe on site.

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Summerland Point
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit of a drive out, but well worth it and you pass Cotters Dam which is also a lovely spot to stop and have a swim, the space complex is free and so interesting, I would advise taking a picnic lunch and stopping at cotters dam on your way home, as the Moon Rock Cafe at the complex is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seeing the huge dishes upon arrival was awesome, and inside the building, there's lots of information for all ages to enjoy. Some interactive displays, plus interesting videos and historical photos and objects. I loved the information about how astronauts live in space. I wish I could have bought some space food from the small gift shop, but I couldn't find... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some good exhibits but in desperate need of an upgrade (and an update) and could be made bigger. Think of it as a picnic out in the bush with some side attractions and you'll be fine. The Moon Rock cafe serves terrible food.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have mixed feelings with this complex because I am a huge space freak, and the visitor centre has a lot of information and displays about the apollo, mercury missions... but I have been to other space related stations in the past and I think the one in Parkes was a lot better in my humble opinion. So, the description... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You need a car to get here and it takes longer to get there and back than what it takes to look at the exhibits however it is relatively interesting. If this is the only chance you get to see a massive satellite dish up close than definitely make the trip.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Very well displayed artefacts complimented with movies and visual displays. Well worth the visit. The road was fine despite reading about it being rough. The cafe was overpriced but had a good range and the gift shop a bit understocked. I would visit again on my next trip to Canberrs

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Melbourne Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

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 were fine but it lacks something. It could be so much more but instead is less. I guess if you are an... More 

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