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You'll find Moon rock and models, movies and more when you visit Canberra Space Centre, just 45 minutes from the city of Canberra.
Located on the grounds of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla, about 35 km south-west of Australia's capital city, you’ll find Canberra Space Centre
Get up close to the far reaches of space at Canberra Space Centre.
See a piece of the Moon that's over 3.8 billion years old, discover the foods that astronauts eat, check out spacecraft models and memorabilia, and more, in the centre’s space exploration exhibitions. Or watch a movie on the history and future of space exploration in one of the centre’s two audio-visual theatres.
Set in the beautiful Tidbinbilla valley, the 70-m antenna and three 34-m antennas that are used to track spacecraft make an impressive sight. The complex is also home to several antennas that have been decommissioned, including the 26-m antenna originally located at Honeysuckle Creek that returned the first images of the Apollo 11 Moon walk in 1969.
The Moon Rock Café and gift shop are open from 9 am to 4 pm for snacks and meals, plus great coffee. There is a playground for kids, and picnic areas to enjoy.
The centre can be easily accessed via the route known as Tourist Drive 5, a 73-kilometre loop taking you through the beautiful Tidbinbilla valley. Other highlights along the route include:
School and public groups are invited to come and learn about the amazing work being done by Australians, and the incredible missions that are revealing the secrets of the Universe. The Canberra Space Centre is a unique and informative learning environment for students of all ages. Bookings are essential for school and large groups.
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Last updated: Last updated: 26 February 2015
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