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Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

OPEN: 9am–5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)

ADDRESS: 421 Discovery Drive, Paddy’s River District (Tidbinbilla)

PHONE: 02 6201 7880 (recorded)



As part of NASA’s Deep Space Network, the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is one of only three facilities in the world responsible for two-way radio contact with spacecraft exploring our solar system and beyond.

Visitors can see the largest antenna dishes in Australia and enjoy a fascinating look at the past, present and future of space exploration in the Visitor Centre. The Centre has a collection of models and replicas of Mars rovers, spacecraft, spacesuits, rockets and more. Highlights of the exhibition are an actual piece of the Moon that is over 3.8 billion years old, real space hardware including rocket engines, and spacesuits worn by astronauts including Australia’s own Dr Andy Thomas. You can relax in the Moon Rock Cafe and gift shop, watch a movie in our theatre, see the latest images from places like Mars and Saturn or try the hands-on interactive displays and explore the Universe.