Canberra Space Centre features exhibits on the past, present
and future of space exploration
The Canberra Space Centre (CSC) is located on the grounds of
the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla,
about 35kms southwest of the city of Canberra.
offers visitors the chance to learn about the role that Australia
plays in the exploration of space. You can take in magnificent
views of the largest antenna complex in the southern hemisphere,
see a piece of the Moon that's over 3.8 billion years old, check
out the latest images from across the Solar System and beyond,
check out spacecraft models, plus flown space hardware and memorabilia.
Discover the foods that astronauts eat on the space shuttle and
space station, watch a movie on the history and future of space
exploration, take a hands-on trip around the Solar System or
across the galaxy, or just sit back and relax in the Moon Rock
to the Centre is free - Open daily 7 days a week, between 9am
& 5pm. Open during all school and public holidays (closed
December 25th only).
Planning a Visit, please note:
The Canberra Space Centre is located on the grounds of the Canberra
Deep Space Communication Complex about 45 minutes drive southwest
of Canberra city centre.
the relative isolation of the Complex, you need to note the following:
coverage in the area is limited
aid assistance can be provided by staff but ambulance services
..up to 45 minutes to
reach the Complex
Roads in the
area are sealed but rough surfaces can be encountered - please drive carefully
The nearest petrol
station is 25 kilometres from the Complex (we do not provide
Roads wind through
bush and farmland, so animals (kangaroos, emus, wombats, sheep
..and cows) do move
across roads without warning at any time of day - please drive carefully
Moon Rock Café
The Moon Rock Café and giftshop is open 9am-4pm for snacks
and meals, plus great coffee.
There is a playground for kids, and picnic areas to enjoy. The
Centre and Complex are set in the beautiful Tidbinbilla valley
region. Make a day of it by also visiting the Tidbinbilla Nature
Reserve, just a few kilometres down the road.
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. See our Education page for details.