Social Events


Sat, Oct 2, 2010, 6:30pm

The La Pasa Restaurant offers authentic and modern Singaporean cuisine.

Come and unwind after a hectic week and get to know your fellow participants in a relaxed atmosphere over dinner at one of our local asian restaurants, the La Pasa. A delicious banquet will be provided with some table wine and orange juice. (Vegetarian banquet available on request, please indicate if you wish to partake in a vegetarian banquet when registering).

Please register for this event when completing the registration form.

Address: Shop 1 Alinga Street, Novotel Building, Canberra City

Telephone: (02) 6248 6288

Excursion, full day trip

Sat, Oct 2, 2010, 9:30am -- 4:30pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Canberra's Deep Space Communication Complex

One of the Summer School traditions is to visit the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and NASA's deep space tracking station. So, on the Saturday we'll treat ourselves to an excursion outside of Canberra. The bus will depart from the Novotel on Northbourne Avenue at 9:30am and return to the Novotel by 4:30pm.

The Deep Space Communication Complex is on the way to Tidbinbilla, about 35kms southwest of Canberra city. The NASA Deep Space Network is an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the Solar System and the universe. The network also supports selected Earth-orbiting missions. More

During our visit to the Tracking station we will have a guided tour of the visitors centre complex, then followed by a sausage sizzle lunch at the Moon Rock Cafe.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is around a 40 minute scenic drive south of Canberra that is nestled in the surrounding mountains. Come face-to-face with the natural habitat of kangaroos, wallabies and emus which run wild. There are also many species of birds and reptiles. A walk through the Eucalypt Forest may reward you with a glimpse of one of Tidbinbilla's Koalas. For the more energetic they can head off on one of the many self guided walks through the fern gullies or mountain trails.

Keep in mind when visiting Tidbinbilla:

  • don't stray off the walking tracks
  • do not pick any living material
  • do not feed the wildlife
  • there are no bins at Tidbinbilla so please take your rubbish with you.
  • What to bring: wear sturdy footwear, drinking water, hat, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing for the weather and potential rain (Tidbinbilla is often slightly cooler than Canberra and it often lightly showers in Tidbinbilla even when it is sunny elsewhere).

    To attend, please add your name on the signup sheet available at the front lectern in the MLSS lecture hall (DNF Dunbar Physics T). (Please do this even if you've already indicated you will attend during online registration.)