Top things to do in Parkes

Top Choice Public Art in Parkes

Utes in the Paddock

About 70km from Parkes on the Condobolin road (well signposted), 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 b…
Top Choice Music 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 (Elvis-the…
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 cellu…
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 forgo…
Museum in Parkes

Henry Parkes Centre

North of town, this complex is home to the Parkes Visitor Information Centre plus a handful of exhibitions. The King's Castle is a fun private collection of Elvis memorabilia – many items were once owned by the King…
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), although you wouldn't come all this way to eat here unless you were visiting the CSIRO …
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.
Landmark in Parkes

Memorial Hill Lookout

This lookout atop Memorial Hill offers great views over Parkes and surrounds.