For many years after the extensive vandalism and bulldozing of the buildings - only a very small sign near the site of the old microwave tower remained to tell the casual visitor that there had been a space tracking station there. The sign did mention that the video of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon had been sent from there. The sign was paid for from Mike Dinn's CDSCC budget but really did not explain too much.
In 1999 the "Minister for everything" Brendan Smyth opened the "Honeysuckle Camp Grounds" (note the Americanism) in the old visitor's car park, and we took the opportunity of suggesting that some better signs might be appropriate for such a historic site. Brendan eventually approved the funds and on 6th October 2000 - the signs were officially "launched" by Brendan Smyth and Dr. Mirium Baltuk the NASA representative to Australia. Some pictures from the gala event follow. Click a picture for an enlarged view (and use the browser BACK button to return to this page).
Mirium & Brendan after the unveiling.
Brendan made a speech
Mike made a speech
Hamish made a speech
Even I made a speech
To the assembled multitudes
Breakfast was popular
Here is one of the bigger signs
This is a bigger sign
This sign helps when star gazing
There are four signs around the "symbolic" antenna.
Anyhow - for those in the Canberra area - it's worth taking a drive up to the site - they even have a brand new road sign on the Naas road - which finally returns the correct road name to Apollo road.