Seniors, Probus, University, Special Interest or Cadet Groups

Interested in bringing a group to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex?

We provide free programs for seniors, probus, university, special interest and cadet groups in our Visitor Centre. If you are interested in bringing a school or home school group, please choose the appropriate option under the Education Programs menu.

For seniors, probus, university, special interest, and cadet groups we generally recommend:

  • 1 hour program
  • 1/2 hour extra (at least) to look around the exhibits

The earliest we will start a program is 9 am, latest is 3:30 pm. Program availability may be limited in ACT school holidays, due to the number of general visitors we receive. Due to staff availability, we also cannot run programs on weekends. Programs are only available on weekdays.

Our programs cover:

  • What the complex does - communicating with spacecraft
  • The history of DSS-46, the antenna that brought back the historic first images of Neil Armstrong stepping down on the Moon
  • Time for questions - remember, there are no silly or stupid questions!
  • Time in our theatre, covering any of a variety of space or astronomy-related subjects. Prepare to be wowed!

Why not time your visit to enjoy morning or afternoon tea, or even lunch at the Moon Rock Cafe, with gorgeous views to our antennas. If your group is going to visit the Cafe, it will need to be booked with the Cafe separately (bookings are essential).

Booking a visit

We take bookings well in advance, so we suggest booking as early as you can to avoid disappointment.
Both guided and self-guided group visits need to be booked with us.

If you have any further questions about visiting the Centre or would like to make a Booking request, please feel free to contact us.
Contact: Korinne McDonnell and Glen Nagle
Office Hours: Monday - Friday between 7:45 am and 4:30pm.
Ph: 02 6201 7809 / 7838
Fax: 02 6201 7975

Please Note
The CDSCC is not an Observatory with optical telescopes. We do not offer night-time programs. Our work is in two-way robotic spacecraft communication and radio astronomy.

Fast Facts - Group Visits

  • Programs are suitable for year 3 through to adults
  • We do not provide programs for year P-K-2
  • Program availability may be limited in ACT School holidays
  • Programs are only available on weekdays. We do not provide programs on weekends
  • Programs generally run for 60 minutes
  • We recommend allowing an additional 30 minutes for exploration of the Visitor Centre
  • Programs and admission are free
  • Bookings are essential for guided and self-guided group visits
  • Bookings run 6-12 months in advance
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Site Managers: Glen Nagle / Korinne McDonnell

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