Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum

Carnarvon's role in the race to land humans on the moon

Carnarvon may not be the most likely place you’d expect to encounter world-changing space technology but it once played a key role in the global race to land man on the moon. The Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum reveals the area’s role in the 1960s and 1970s Gemini and Apollo missions, showcasing fascinating equipment and stories from the days hundreds of space technicians lived and worked in Carnarvon in their ultimately successful bid to help land the first man on the moon. In its day, this was the biggest tracking station outside of the USA.


Mahony Ave
Carnarvon WA 6701

Opening Hours

Open 7 days; April to September 9am - 4pm; October to March 10am - 2pm

Adoring fans

In 2012, the second man to walk on the moon - Buzz Aldrin - greeted adoring fans in Carnarvon to open the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum. While there, this legendary space pioneer was invited...

We have liftoff

This is a life-sized model of the Mercury Redstone launch vehicle that first thrust US astronauts into space in the early 1960s. It was used for six Mercury flights which culminated in the launch of...

Collecting data on astronaut wellbeing

Because spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral in the USA passed close to remote Carnarvon on their first orbits around the Earth, the area was the ideal location to collect data on the crew’s...

More Coral Coast collections

Several museums in one

The Carnarvon Heritage Precinct encompasses several museums in one area - the Railway Museum and Shearing Hall of Fame, the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage and the One Mile Jetty Centre, which includes...

The men behind the medals

The Geraldton RSL Birdwood House features a collection of military artefacts within the Birdwood Military Museum. The items reveal something of the men behind the medals and the characters behind the...

From military to medical - Moora’s post-colonial history captured in a series of varied displays

The enthusiastic team of volunteers at Moora Districts Historical Society has built a vast repository of information and artefacts about the region’s local history at Moora Museum. One whole building...

A rich and fascination cultural and natural heritage revealed

Few places in Australia could boast the rich and fascinating cultural and natural heritage of Shark Bay. This stunningly beautiful and remote peninsula boasts more than 30,000 years of Indigenous...

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One Mile Jetty Interpretation Centre
One Mile Jetty Interpretation Centre
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Babbage Island Road, Carnarvon, WA 6701
Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum
Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum
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Mahony Avenue, Carnarvon, WA 6701
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