Visitors Guide to the ATNF Headquarters


This guide is intended for visitors to the headquarters of the Australia Telescope National Facility, located in Marsfield, Sydney. This site is shared with the CSIRO's Data61 group.

Contacting the ATNF

Postal address:
Australia Telescope National Facility
PO Box 76
Epping NSW 1710

Courier address:
Australia Telescope National Facility
Corner of Vimiera & Pembroke Roads
Marsfield NSW 2122

Telephone & Fax:
Tel: +61-2-9372-4222
Fax: +61-2-9372-4310

Email and web addresses:
General enquiries:
ATNF main website:
ATNF outreach website:

How to get to Marsfield

All international visitors must have a valid passport and visa to enter Australia.

For holiday visits or short business trips to Australia (up to three months), you may be able to obtain a visa via the internet - see the Australian Government's Electronic Travel Authority System. Alternatively, please contact your nearest Australian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission.

Marsfield is a residential suburb about 25 km north-west of the centre of Sydney. The Australia Telecope is situated on the CSIRO site which is at the corner of Vimiera and Pembroke Roads in Marsfield. The main entrance is in Pembroke Road.

There are several ways to get to the Australia Telescope from Sydney's Kingsford-Smith Airport.

Book a shuttle bus

A mini-bus which can pick you up from the airport and bring you directly to the ATNF site. The cost is approximately AU$55.00. To book this service (advance bookings required) see  The drop off address is CSIRO ATNF, cnr Pembroke & Vimiera Roads, Marsfield.


Take a train to the city, then a train to Epping or the new Macquarie Park Station, then a bus to the Marsfield site.

A fast train departs from the airport for Central Railway Station every 15 minutes. From Central you can then catch a train to Epping along the Hornsby-via-Strathfield line, or catch a train to Macquarie Park along the the North Sydney Line.

From Epping station take the bus along Epping Road. Routes 288, 289 or 290 to the city leave from the east side of the station. Get off the bus at Vimiera Road, cross Epping Road and walk along Vimiera Road on the other side. You will see the site on the corner with Pembroke Road.

Site Security

The Marsfield site is secured by a controlled access system. To access the building after normal hours you will need to obtain an access card from the Accommodation Manager.

The Vimiera and Pembroke Road gates are open from 7:00 to 18:00 on weekdays only. At all other times entry to the site requires use of an access card. If leaving the site after 18:00 the gate will open automatically as a vehicle approaches. The front entrance of the building is open on weekdays between 8:30 and 17:00. Most other entrances to the building are also open at these times. However, please note that it is advisable to carry the access card at all times.

To contact someone in the building after hours, a telephone (and a list of telephone numbers) is located to the left of the old reception front doors.


Sydney's coldest month is usually July, (~2-12 Celsius); the hottest months are December-February (~30 Celsius with high humidity). Temperatures in excess of 40 Celsius can occur through the summer period.

Dress rules at the Australia Telescope are not rigid; jeans and shorts are commonly worn. Jogging shoes are acceptable footwear. Closed-in shoes are required for safety reasons.

Marsfield computing facilities

The ATNF is well supplied with computing facilities. Please refer to the Getting Started Guide on the ATNF internal web site.

Marsfield on-site accommodation

The Marsfield Lodge is on the ATNF site and has six single and two double bedrooms (each with an ensuite bathroom), a communal lounge/kitchen area, and laundry and ironing facilities. The Lodge is often fully booked and it is advisable to book accommodation well in advance. The check-in time at the Marsfield Lodge is 12:00 noon or later. Please check out before 10:00 am. 

The current rate at the Marsfield Lodge in 2018, for a single or double room, is A$82.50 a night (bed and breakfast supplies), or A$577.50 a week. A 50% discount is available for students. This price includes the Goods and Services Tax (GST). This applies for all accommodation accounts and is shown on invoices. There is no charge for ATNF staff members and their families, or for ATNF-affiliated students. The Lodge rooms are cleaned prior to each new arrival. Guests are provided with clean towels every second day. For visitors staying longer than a week, linen is changed on a weekly basis. If you have any special requirements please contact the Accommodation Manager. The kitchen is fully equipped and there are fridges, freezers and cupboards for visitors to store their own food.

Please make payments for Marsfield Lodge Accommodation to the Accommodation Manager in the SOC. She will give you an invoice. You must pay for your accommodation before departing the Marsfield site. Payment for Marsfield accommodation cannot be made at the Narrabri or Parkes sites. We accept Visa or MasterCard, Australian personal cheques, company cheques and travellers’ cheques. Please note that we do NOT accept EFTPOS or CASH payments.

On-site accommodation is also provided at the Marsfield Cottage. This is a three-bedroom cottage on the Marsfield site which is used primarily for distinguished visitors on extended visits to the Marsfield site. The current rate of the cottage in 2018 is A$668.50 per week.

Other accommodation

Accommodation is also available at a number of nearby university colleges. These usually provide room and breakfast; charges vary, depending on the college. Links to the College websites can be found in link below.

For short-term visitors, accommodation can be arranged at nearby motels; costs start at typically A$160 a night. Here is a list of other accommodation in the area.

For visiting scientists and their families staying for longer periods of six months or more, there are houses or units available for rent in the Marsfield/Epping area. The rent for a three bedroom house is typically about $600 a week. Rental accommodation of this type may be difficult to find, and if you need our help we would appreciate as much forward notice as possible. Visitors should note that almost all rented accommodation in Sydney is unfurnished. Serviced apartments in the city or closer to Marsfield typically start in price from $700 to $800 per week.

For information on accommodation at the Parkes and Narrabri Observatories, please see the Astronomers Guide to the Narrabri Observatory and the Parkes Radio Telescope Users Guide.

Please send enquiries on accommodation to

Getting meals in the district

A well-stocked canteen is available in Marsfield for morning tea and lunch. This provides a range of drinks and hot and cold foods. The canteen is open from 08:30 to 13:00. Lunch may be bought for about A$10. For evening and weekend meals, the Lodge is equipped with facilities for cooking.

For people who prefer to eat out, a useful site for finding a restaurant is Cheapeats. There are a number of restaurants and a hotel within easy reach. Some restaurants within walking distance are:

The Ranch Hotel - Bistro
Corner of Epping and Herring Roads, North Ryde
Ph: 9887-2411
Bistro $15 - 20
See the Ranch Hotel website
Ranch Hotel and bistro opening hours

The Rancho Hotel - Isabelle's Restaurant Ph: 9887-2411
AU$18 - 26
Tuesday - Friday: 12:00 - 2:30pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00 - 9:00pm

The Eastwood Rugby Club
Across the road from the Vimiera Road gate
Ph: 9868-4222
Monday - Saturday: 12:00 - 2:00pm, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Sunday 12:00 - 2:00pm, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Mediterranean Gourmet Pizzas
Trafalgar Square, Marsfield
Ph: 9876 8089
AU$10 - 15
Serves excellent pizzas and other Italian food

Borrellis Italian Restaurant
3 Bridge Street, Epping
Ph: 9869 1371

Pent Thai Restaurant
16 Oxford Street, Epping
Ph: 9876 8114

Coca Pekang Restaurant
73 Beecroft Road, Epping
Ph: 9876 6255

The Epping Club
45-47 Rawson St, Epping
Ph: 9876 4357

Tokyo Sushi Bar
Shop 1 Scotts Arcade, Epping
Ph: 9868 6788

AJ's Indian Restaurant
58a Balaclava Rd, Eastwood
Ph: 9874 9090

Maroo Korean Charcoal Restaurant
13 Railway Parade, Eastwood, Eastwood
Ph: 9858 3023

Lachlan's Restaurant
99 Talevera Rd, North Ryde
Ph: 9850 9139

Allegria Italian Restuarant
142 Cox's Rd, North Ryde
Ph: 9888 8222

Shangri-La Seafood Restaurant
372 Pennant Hills Rd, Carlingford
Ph: 9872 8233

Epping has many restaurants which include Thai, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Sushi Bars and Indian restaurants. The Epping Hotel, on Beecroft Road, and the Epping RSL, in Rawson Street, also serve meals.

Takeaway and Delivery

The following restaurants will deliver to the Lodge or cottage. For the Lodge, tell the delivery person to go to the Pembroke Road entrance of the CSIRO Radiophysics Laboratory and stop at the security gates. Ask them to call you on arrival on 9372 4403.

Pizzeria Mezza-Via, Shop 4, Midway Arcade, Denistone East
Ph: 9889 0990

Kenny's Gourmet Kitchen (Asian), 30 Oxford St, Epping
Ph: 9876 3506
Monday - Sunday: 4:30 - 9:00pm

Tom Yum Thai, Beecroft Road, Epping
Ph: 9869 7265 or 9869 7177
Monday - Sunday: 5:00 - 10:30pm

Christina's Pizzeria
Beecroft Rd, Epping
Ph: 9868 4661

Ph: 131 888

Pizza Hut
Ph: 9481 1111

Pizza Haven
Ph: 131 241, or 9874 8744

The Macquarie Shopping Centre has a large food hall where you can purchase take away or fast foods.

Shops, banks and cinemas


To shop for food, there is a large supermarket called Woolworths. This is located on the corner of Epping and Balaclava Roads and is open from Monday to Saturday: 7:00am - midnight, and on Sunday from 7:00 - 10:00pm

For other shopping, most things (including food) can be found at the Macquarie Shopping Centre, number 6 on the map. Buses run frequently to Macquarie Shopping Centre from Epping Road. Take bus number 288, 289 or 290 going towards the city. Confirm with the driver that he is going to Macquarie Shopping Centre.


The four largest banks in Australia are the Commonwealth, Westpac, ANZ and National Banks. These have branches in the city centres and in suburbs and towns. The standard working hours for banks are from 9.30 am until 4.30 pm. The nearest banks to the Marsfield Headquarters are located near the Epping railway station and in the Macquarie Shopping Centre.

All the banks operate a large number of Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) which are available at the banks and in shopping centres. The ATMs are available 24 hours a day and are usually the easiest way to obtain cash. ATMs accept many different types of internationally recognised cards including Maestro and Cirrus.

Many shops and restaurants in Australia will accept payment using credit cards or EFTPOS. Visa, American Express and Mastercard are among the most widely accepted credit cards. Note that some places will not accept Diners Cards.


The nearest cinemas to Marsfield are the Greater Union Cinemas, located at the Macquarie Shopping Centre (Number 6 on the Marsfield map), Ph: 13 3456. A number of cinemas are located in George Street in the city, near the Town Hall railway station. For details of Greater Union movie sessions see their web site.

Transport Information

Information on trains, buses and ferries is available from the Transport Information line, tel 131 500. Buses run frequently along Epping Road to Epping and the city. There are timetables for the Epping-City buses in the Lodge. The train from Epping station to the city takes between 25 and 40 minutes.


To call a taxi telephone TAXIS COMBINED SERVICES, Ph: 8332 8888. You will be asked to state the destination you require, the number of many passengers and whether you are ready for pick-up. Tell the taxi company that the taxi should wait at the reception area at the Pembroke Road entrance, or at the Pembroke Road gate if after hours. If a taxi fails to arrive, call TAXIS COMBINED SERVICES again and ask when it is coming.

Emergency contact information

Dial 0 to get an outside line

Fire/Police/Ambulance Ph: 0 - 000

After hours emergencies

Lodge Manager
Vicki Drazenovic, +61 (02) 9372 4272

Macquarie Medical Centre         

Located on Level 2.
Ph: 9878 6666
See their website for opening hours.

Ryde Hospital and Community Health Services
37 Fourth Avenue, Eastwood
Ph: 9858 0686

After Hours Dental Emergency Service
Ph: 9962 6557

Directory Assistance - Ph: 1223 - the commercial telephone guide - the personal and commercial telephone guide

Emergency fire information

In the event of fire an alarm will be clearly audible throughout all site buildings, including the SOC. The alarm has two stages - a repetitive "beep beep ..." that means "Alert", and a rising "whoop whoop ..." that means "Evacuate now!"

Procedure for outside normal working hours:

1. If you hear any fire alarm outside normal working hours leave the building as quickly as possible through the nearest exit. Don't worry about whether it's the "Alert" or the "Evacuate" sound - just go!

2. Encourage anyone else in the building to evacuate with you.

3. Head for the main site assembly point - the grassed area adjacent to the Visitor car-park and on-site accommodation.

4. If you believe there is a real fire and you are able to call Emergency Services on 000 to report it, please do so. But this is not essential as the Fire Brigade will already be on their way.

5. Any fire alarm will automatically summon the NSW Fire Brigade who will arrive in 5-10 minutes. They will advise you when it is safe to return to the building. Do no re-enter the building until advised to do so.

6. If you able to do so, call either of the numbers displayed on the main site gate and inform the person who answers that the CSIRO Marsfield fire alarm has gone off.

Procedure for normal working hours:

1. If you hear the "Alert" sound ("beep beep ..."), listen for and follow any announcements from local staff over the PA system.

2. As soon as you hear the "Evacuate" sound ("whoop whoop ...") leave the building as quickly as possible through the nearest exit.

3. If safe to do so encourage others in the vicinity to evacuate too.

4. Head for the main site assembly point - the grassed area adjacent to the Visitor car-park and on-site accommodation.

5. Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so by local emergency staff.


Map of New South Wales (GIF image, 240 kbytes).

Map of Sydney (GIF image, 360 kbytes).

Map of Marsfield/Epping area (GIF image, 368 kbytes).

Annotations for Marsfield/Epping map.

Marsfield site map (pdf file).