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...

World’s first working laboratory in space

Skylab was the world’s first working laboratory in space. But it got off to a rocky start. The unmanned rocket Saturn V launched the lab in 1973 but it was damaged shortly after launch, threatening...

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Wander through the former home of famed architect-priest Monsignor John Hawes and it’s easy to imagine this remarkable man inhabiting its rooms. Hawes designed and built the presbytery for himself in...

Rail history brought to life

Stand on the platform of the former Walkaway Station, close your eyes and you can almost picture a train and hear the bustle of residents as they awaited passenger transport, the delivery of fresh...

Open your eyes to the natural world

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