Canberra Space Dome


"Canberra Space Dome - a little gem of a place where you can learn heaps!"

Located out of Canberra, this place is great for families with kids, who have an interest in space.

The visitors centre offers you a chance to understand how Australia is involved in space missions and the new facts we are constantly finding out.

It's mainly about the displays and the huge antennas that you can see from the windows.

This will certainly pass a couple of hours but for me you have to be into space to want to do the 30 minute drive out of Canberra as there are plenty of other museums in Canberra vying for your attention.



Getting Here, Opening Times and Costs


The Visitor Centre of the Canberra Space Dome is open every day 9am to 5pm. The only day it is closed is Christmas Day.

Entrance is actually free which is great!

Getting here is really only possible by car and I'd recommend getting a sat nav or some instructions at least!

You'll find the centre 35km southwest of Canberra at a place called Tidbinbilla. The centre is well signposted as you get nearer - it is signposted to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC)



What To Expect To See At the Canberra Space Centre


The best way to see this centre is to get a guided tour. When we were there, a guy called Glen showed us round and he was very passionate about Space and the visitors centre.

You will see some interesting objects including rocks and sand from space, a buggy that was actually taken into space and a piece of the moon.

They also have information on what food is eaten in space.

The theatre is probably the best section as this is where they show some amazing pictures.

There is also a couple of videos about future explorations.

The antennas outside are the largest in the southern hemisphere. There are windows that you can look out of and can also hear the sounds of space.

There is a small cafe here but it's nothing special!



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