Parkes is a town in New South Wales and is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Stars”. This moniker was gained due to the Parkes Observatory setting up a giant radio telescope along with large satellites. From the stars to natural attractions like the Kelly Reserve, museums and festivals to enjoy, this locale is a great little place to spend an Australian holiday.
- Parkes' Australia Telescope Visitor Centre
- Taronga Western Plains Zoo
- Pioneer Park
- Attend the Parkes Elvis Festival
- Journey to Peak Hill
- Take a scenic drive to Sydney through the Blue Mountains
Parkes can be visited almost year round, especially during spring, summer and fall. During winter, June through August, the temperatures are chilly at 15ºC, and as spring approaches in September, the days are warm with temperatures of 24ºC. Summers are pleasantly warm and easily enjoyed with daily highs of 28ºC, while rainfall occurs consistently throughout the year and measures about 200 mm.
Getting There & Around
To reach the town by plane, visitors will arrive at the Parkes Airport. There are flights to Sydney International Airport as well, and visitors can reach the town via rental car. Also, there are intercity buses that will help get travellers from outlying larger cities to town.
Getting around town can be done with hired car, which is the most convenient method; however, there are buses that traverse the area.
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