Top ChoiceMusic in Parkes

Parkes Elvis Festival

In the second week of January, Parkes' population doubles as visitors flock to celebrate Elvis' birthday. Spend five days whooping it up with impersonators, concerts, busking competitions, a street parade...

Top ChoicePublic Art in Parkes

Utes in the Paddock

Near the town of Condoblin, Utes in the Paddock is a one-of-a-kind art installation, and a quirky and fun tribute to outback life. Here, 20 iconic vehicles (only Holdens!) have been given a creative makeover....

Observatory in Parkes

CSIRO Parkes Observatory

Built by the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 1961, this massive radio telescope (about 20km north of Parkes) is located 6km east of the Newell Hwy. It was glorified on...

Australian in Parkes


Sure, it's a pricey option for town, but the modern and inventive menu will impress even the finickiest of eaters. The crispy skin pork belly and sumac-spiced lamb both come highly recommended.

Nature Reserve in Parkes

Goobang National Park

Bushwalking, mountain biking and 4WD touring are some of the activities that can be enjoyed here, and for those who wish to stay a little longer there are a number of bush campsites. Keep your eye out for...

Cafe in Parkes

Dish Cafe

In the shadow of the telescope, this cafe has a range of brekky and lunch options (full marks for 'eggs benedish' on the menu), all prepared fresh and served quickly. Not a bad spot at all to have lunch, with the...

Modern Australian in Parkes

Bent Food & Wine

Mouthwatering goodness awaits you at this Modern Australian restaurant serving a diverse menu from breakfast through to dinner. Vegetarians and those with gluten intolerances will appreciate they have not been...

Museum in Parkes

Henry Parkes Centre

North of town, this complex is home to the Parkes Visitor Information Centre plus a handful of exhibitions housed in a few small museums.The King's Castle Elvis Exhibit is a fun private collection of Elvis...

Astronomy in Parkes


Every July both professional and amateur astronomers and astrophotographers gather to chat stars, planets and the universe. The conference aspect sounds a bit serious, but at $50 it's a bargain and an opportunity...

Museum in Parkes

Parkes Aviation Museum

Housed in a former RAAF hangar from the airport’s time as a World War Two air-force base, this aircraft museum located at the Parkes Regional Airport is a must-visit for aviation fans and those interested in...

Italian in Parkes


Breakfast at this quality all-day option treads familiar ground (with some fun tempters like Sicilian doughnuts). From lunchtime, the menu skews heavily to Italy: crowd-pleasing panini, pizzas, pasta and risottos.

Food & Drink in Parkes

Trundle Bush Tucker Day

On the first Saturday every September, the small town of Trundle goes all bush-tucker foodie, with bush-cooking competitions, bush-tucker tasting and an interesting program of country entertainment.

Mine in Parkes

Peak Hill Gold Mine

The historic gold mine is located at Peak Hill, a small town 49km north of Parkes (75km south of Dubbo). Visitors can take a self-guided tour and enjoy sprawling views over five open-cut mines.