Parkes is a thriving regional centre located within the Central Western Slopes of New South Wales. The Parkes economy is also influenced heavily by mining (Rio Tinto owned Northparkes Mine) and industrial activities including the National Logistics Hub (transport, warehousing and manufacturing).
Strategically situated at the cross roads of the Newell Highway, connecting Brisbane & Melbourne and the transcontinental railway linking the eastern seaboard to Perth; Parkes is at the logistics centre of Australia. This unique characteristic has made Parkes one of the most strategically significant locations for the transport & logistics industry.
In January every year, Parkes comes alive with the annual Parkes Elvis Festival. With highlights such as the Elvis Tribute concert, crowning of Miss Priscilla, Cars of the Era shows, the Renewal of Vows ceremony and the iconic Elvis street parade. Up to 18,000 people travel from near and far to attend so be sure to book your accommodation early!
Parkes plays host to one of the shires major events each year attracting anywhere up to 8,000 people each June long weekend. Locals and visitors can enjoy a great day out at the Parkes Picnic Races, with marquees, fashions on the field and a lot of fun.
Held every year on the October long weekend, the Parkes Country Music Spectacular is something for the whole family to enjoy, with buskers, poets, street concerts and evening concerts.
January: CountryLink Parkes Elvis Festival, Australia Day Celebrations
February: National Local Government Touch Football Carnival
March: Rotary Charity Golf Tournament, Parkes Field Day, Elvis World Cup Australian Qualifier
April: Tullamore Irish Festival, Ted Fest Oz, Australian National Aerobatics Championships, Australian Marbles Championships
June: Parkes Picnic Races, Peak Hill Art & Craft Exhibition, Parkes & District Kennel Club Show, Australian Scale Aerobatics Championships
August: Parkes & Shire Annual Shows
September: Trundle Bush Tucker Day, Parkes Open Golf Tournament
October: 2PK Country Music Spectacular, Northparkes GP Cup, Parkes Car Enthusiasts Weekend & Annual Swap Meet, Peak Hill Spit ‘n’ Spud
December: Christmas Street Parade & Carnival, Carols in the Park
The CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, more commonly known as ‘The Dish’ is a world famous scientific icon, the location of a hit movie and a great place to have a coffee and a meal. The Discovery Centre features interactive displays and exhibits, and two theatres with awe inspiring audio visual presentations about the telescope, and 3D adventures across the solar system.
Memorial Hill, set in the heart of the town and at the foot of Hotel Gracelands, boasts magnificent panoramic views of Parkes and its surrounding land.
Situated on the Newell Highway and housing the Parkes Visitor Information Centre, this major cultural tourism precinct features 4 unique collections including The King’s Castle Elvis Exhibit, Parkes Motor Museum, Henry Parkes Museum (traditional history collection) and Antique Machinery Collection. A one stop shop for visitors to Parkes and a must see. Open daily.
Located in Peak Hill, the collection includes a wide range of specimens that have lived across Eastern Australia over the past 700 million years.
Situated north of Parkes in Peak Hill, the open cut gold mine experience will lead you on a trail of discovery through recent & historic gold mine workings on the scenic hillside overlooking Peak Hill. 5 spectacular open cuts, self-guided walking trails & a viewing platform.