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The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) is an Australian ground station located at Tidbinbilla in the Australian Capital Territory.


Opened in 1965, the complex was used for tracking the Apollo Lunar Module. It is part of the Deep Space Network of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), managed in Australia by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).


Originally known as the Tidbinbilla Deep Space Instrument Facility, the station was developed for communicating with deep space probes and to add support to the early manned missions.


Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, officially opened the station on the 19th of March 1965. This complex is the only NASA tracking station still operational in Australia today.

Destinations to explore near

Tidbinbilla Tracking Station

Photos Courtesy Scott Westlake Photography

Distance & direction from Canberra: 50klms SW

421 Discovery Dr, Paddys River

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Tidbinbilla Tracking Station

Historic Site, Australian Capital Territory

The Canberra Space Centre (CSC) is located on the grounds of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla.

The CSC 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 Café.

Entry 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).

Moon Rock Café and more

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.

Education Programs

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.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve