The Overseas Telecommunication Dish (OTC), colloquially known as the `Big Dish', is an iconic Carnarvon landmark. Take a drive out to the Carnarvon Space and Technology Centre, where this massive satellite dish is located and marvel at the 29.5 metre diameter of the reflector. The OTC building is not open to the public, however you can visit the site and enjoy the panoramic views of Carnarvon and the surrounding plantations.
The OTC Dish Base is located on Brown's Range. It was the site of Australia's first earth station for satellite tracking and communications, and one of just eight in the world. It was an integral part of the communications network for the Apollo Moon Programme and was used for tracking Halley's Comet.
The dish was of major importance to global communications and was open for 21 years from 1966. It was closed down in 1987.
Accessible all year.