A quaint Australian town surrounded by beautiful countryside, Parkes is a cultural gem of New South Wales. Parkes is known for its prominent role in the scientific community, colourful events and festivals and scenic landscapes.
Things to do in Parkes
If you want to embark on a journey of scientific discovery, visit the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, also known as “The Dish”. The massive structure juts impressively above surrounding farmlands and is attached to the Visitor Discovery Centre, where you can learn about its astronomical significance. Enjoy hands-on displays, pick up a souvenir at the gift shop, grab a bite at the Dish Cafe or catch a show at the 3D theatre.
History enthusiasts can head to the Peak Hill open-cut gold mine to learn about the mining techniques used throughout the ages. Stroll along one of many walking paths, stop at designated viewing platforms or book a guided tour.
For the most scenic views in Parkes, check out Memorial Hill, located on Bushman Street. A striking 33-metre-high Shrine of Remembrance looms over the city on top of the hill, providing stunning panoramic views. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the monument, plan a picnic in Rotary Park or take the kids to the playground.
Enjoy museum hopping? Explore the Henry Parkes Centre, a tourism complex comprised of four museums and the Parkes Visitor Information Centre. Check out the "Walk A Mile In My Shoes - A Day in the life of Elvis Presley” King’s Castle Exhibition, browse a substantial collection of motor vehicles in the Parkes Motor Museum and witness The Henry Parkes Museum and Antique Machinery Exhibit.
Getting around Parkes
Parkes Regional Airport offers regular flights from Sydney, located less than 370 kilometres away. There are also daily NSW TrainLink services travelling between Parkes and Sydney. The best way to get around Parkes is by car or taxi.