Parkes Shire is home to a diverse range of tourist attractions that would appeal to the whole family including the world famous Parkes Radio Telescope "The Dish", the newly established Henry Parkes Centre tourism complex and the Peak Hill Open Cut Experience.
The Parkes Shire has many points of interest both in town and in the surrounding areas.
Visit the Dish
The iconic Dish is a must see when you are Parkes, this 64 m radio telescope is a sight to behold. It is located just off the Newell Highway, approximately 20 kilometers from Parkes. Admission to the discovery centre is free, click here for further details.
Henry Parkes Museum
The Henry Parkes Museum is a modern tourism complex and cultural precinct on the north side of Parkes. It consists of 4 museums, and the Parkes Information Centre, click here for further details. It incorporates the King's Castle Elvis Exhibit, Parkes Motor Museum, Henry Parkes Museum and the Antique Machinery Collection.
Parkes War Memorial
The memorial is a 33 metres high reinforced concrete tower surmounted by a light. There is a concrete flagpole at each corner of the surrounding lawn.The memorial is located at the top of Memorial Hill Lookout. Address - Memorial Hill,Bushman Street, Parkes NSW 2870
The Trundle Hotel boasts to have the longest verandah on the widest street in New South Wales. The legend says that the street was made that wide (100 yards) so that the bullock teams could turn around.
The hotel has a distinct country feel, and good old fashioned hospitality. Why not drop in and see the National Estate Listed Trundle Hotel. For website details - click here
Peak Hill Open Cut Mine
Gold was discovered at Peak Hill in 1889,Peak Hill was described as a high hill of felspathic rock containing large masses of iron, ferruginous quartz and quartzite. The mine ceased production and was closed 2002. A tour of the mine reveals eye-opening original gold working dating back to 1890s, several walking trails, easy and difficult with well constructed viewing areas to the open cut mining areas.
Self guided tours are free, however guided tours of 10 or more people can be booked for a nominal charge. Phone (02)6862 6000. Website click here.
If you are flying in it is indeed a wonderful sight from the air! Plan your flight or take a trip once you are at AirVenture Australia to fly over the mines and get a birds eye view.
The North Parkes Copper and Gold Mine is the largest metal mine in NSW opened in 1994, it is located 27 kilometers north-west of Parkes. To view the website click here.
Parkes is a rural service centre with a strong commercial and industrial base. The North Parkes Copper and Gold Mine is the largest metal mine in NSW opened in 1994, it is located 27 kilometers north-west of Parkes.
If you are flying in it is indeed a wonderful sight from the air! Plan your flight or take a trip once you are at AirVenture Australia to fly over the mines and get a birds eye view. To view the website click here.
Parkes Visitor Information Centre Information
Weekdays: 9 am - 4 pm
Weekends/public holidays: 10 am - 3 pm
Closed Christmas Day
Call into the Parkes Visitor Information Centre located within the Henry Parkes Centre on the Newell Highway north of town. The friendly staff can assist you with all your tourism needs including a wide range of local information on accommodation, events and attractions, destination brochures and maps. Pick up a souvenir to commemorate your visit or choose from a wide variety of regional produce, even get your photo taken with a life sized Elvis!
Visitors can also enjoy free Wi-Fi access from the Information Centre allowing you freedom in downloading apps, researching tourism information, using email, social media, booking tours and accommodation or just 'surfing' the net.
The Henry Parkes Centre is a first class tourism precinct incorporating four unique museums, including The King's Castle Elvis Exhibit, Parkes Motor Museum, Henry Parkes Museum (traditional history) and Antique Machinery Collection. Separate entry fees apply to museums.
The Henry Parkes Centre offers ample parking for long vehicles, amenities including disabled facilities and baby change table, grassy picnic area and a 24 hour visitor information touch screen.