CDSCC Visitors’ Centre

The CDSCC Visitors’ Centre was established in the late 1970s by Tidbinbilla’s Admin anf Public Relations Officer, Bernard Scrivener.

In 1980, Station Director Tom Reid commissioned Hamish Lindsay to draw up plans for a larger cantre, including an exhibitionon the Voyager 1 and 2 missions. This was opened in 1981. In the late 1980s, Hamish was called back to add extra material on the Voyager encourters wity Uranus and Neptune.

Today, known as the Canberra Space Centre, it is a world class showcase for manned and unmanned space exploration.

We’ll have more here soon. In the meantime, see the link above, or (better still) visit in person!

DSS-43 and 42

DSS-43 at left, and DSS-42 behind the Operations Building in the mid 1970s.

The building at right is what is now the Visitors Centre. The guard house and boom gate are where they are today. The soggy field in the foreground is now the visitors’ car park, and the Honeysuckle antenna was moved to a point just out of view to the left of the camera in 1982 (becoming DSS-46).

Scan by Keith Aldworth, from the cover of a Canberra telephone book.


Hamish Lindsay with a school group at Tidbinbilla, circa 1977.

Scan: Colin Mackellar

DSS-43 at Tidbinbilla

DSS-43 from behind the Visitors Centre, 1977.
Photo by Hamish Lindsay, scan by Colin Mackellar.


Lunar Sample 10072,80 on display at the Canberra Space Centre.

It is a vesicular basalt, with an age of 3.8 billion years – collected from the Sea of Tranquility by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin in July 1969.

Photo: Colin Mackellar, 2013.


The quadripod and subreflector from the original Tidbinbilla 85 foot (26 metre) antenna, DSS-42, are now on display behind the visitors centre.

Photo: Colin Mackellar, 2015.