Local Attractions

Parkes Shire is home to a diverse range of tourist attractions that will appeal to the whole family.

Newell Hwy, Parkes
(02) 6862 6000

Monday to Friday: 9am to 4pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 3pm
Public holidays: 10am to 3pm

Located on the Newell Highway on the Northern side of town, Parkes’ newest attraction, the impressive Henry Parkes Centre, is a first-class tourism complex.

The Centre incorporates the Parkes Visitor Information Centre and the unique collections of the The King’s Castle Elvis Exhibit and Parkes Motor Museum.

The Kings CastleNewell Hwy, Parkes
Adults $10 / Concession $8 / U-18 $5 / Family $25 / U-5 Free
(02) 6862 6000

Monday to Friday: 9am to 4pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 3pm
Public holidays: 10am to 3pm

Parkes, the Elvis capital of Australia, is home to the largest collection of items formerly owned by Elvis Presley in the Southern Hemisphere.

Greg Page’s famous collection includes jewellery, movie, stage and personal clothing, books, documents and furniture owned by Elvis or directly connected to his life.

Newell Hwy, Parkes
Adults $5 / U-16 $2 / Family $15 / U-6 Free
Contact: 0407 203 515 or shpm15@bigpond.com 

Open Mon-Fri 9am to 3.45pm
Open Sat-Sun 9am to 3pm

Henry Parkes Museum is owned and managed by the Parkes & District Historical Society. The Henry Parkes Museum depicts early life in Parkes through objects, photos and historical information. Items on display include traditional family items, furniture, clothing and collectables along with displays that are significant to Parkes Shire’s history including Sir Henry Parkes, mining, the railway and ‘The Dish’.

The site houses a collection of historic buildings along with many other items of significance including

– Wongalea school & two churches
– Blacksmith shop
– Silver City Comet carriage
– 45 tractors and stationary engines, all of which have been restored and in working order
– Over 10,000 rotating display items


Telescope Rd, Parkes
(02) 6861 1777

Open daily: 8:30am to 4:15pm
8:30am to 5:30pm during
Parkes Elvis Festival

The CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, star of the movie ‘The Dish’ (2000), is one of Australia’s most prominent landmarks and a must-see attraction on every holiday through inland NSW.

Enjoy free entry to the Discovery Centre where you will find the awardwinning Dish Cafe, 3D Movie Theatre and plenty of interactive learning exhibits.

With easy access for all vehicles (including parking for caravans, motor homes and buses) the Dish is located 5km off the Newell Highway approximately 20km north of Parkes.



16 Wentworth St, Parkes
Adults $10 / Concession $5 /
Children U-12 $3

Open daily: 9am to 5pm

Elvis Lennox began collecting Elvis memorabilia at 16 and started performing as Elvis at the first Parkes Elvis Festival. Take the unique opportunity to browse his amazing collection of Elvis memorabilia. A shuttle bus service operates to this location. See bus schedule for further details. Please ring (02) 6862 6115 prior to your visit to ensure Elvis is in the building.

49km north of Parkes
Visitor Information Centre
62 Caswell St
(02) 6869 1981

Peak Hill offers many tourist attractions such as the Open Cut Gold Mine, Flora and Fauna Reserve Nature Walk, Bogan Weir, Australia’s first upright wheat silo, the heritage-listed hospital, arts and crafts, the Big Fish Fossil hut, and a unique street facade taking you back in time.

It is well worth visiting Peak Hill. Stay for a day, or stay for a lifetime, a perfect place to call home.

Saturday 5 May 2018

Tickets are on sale now for the 2018 Trundle ABBA Festival featuring special guest stars, the internationally acclaimed tribute band Bjorn Again!

The Trundle ABBA Festival is held in venues across Trundle on Saturday 6 May. There’ll be fantastic events in the main street at Trundle Memorial Hall, Trundle Hotel and Trundle Services Club.

So get your voice and your outfit ready, with prizes for busking, singing and best outfits. Lots of fun guaranteed! Follow the Trundle ABBA Festival on Facebook here.

Easter Long Weekend 2018

Each year of the past decade the usually quiet has village of Tullamore undergoes a transformation over the Easter long weekend, when it comes to life with the music, laughter and passion of the Irish spirit. And this year the Tullamore Irish Festival is very excited to announce that John Williamson is coming to the Festival.

There is also traditional Irish food and beverages, Irish dancing, Irish Sports and all children’s entertainment including a giant slippery slide and rides.


Dalton St, Parkes
(02) 6862 6001

Monday to Friday: 6am – 7pm*
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 7pm
*50 metre pool closes to the public at 6pm on Fridays. Pool facilities, including splash park and barbeques, remain open until 7pm.

To support the community during the drought, Parkes Shire Council has agreed to waive the pool’s admission fee for the 2018/19 pool season. Other fees will still apply.

Other recreational activities include an 18-hole grass-green golf course, 15 synthetic tennis courts, squash courts and two bowling clubs.

For further information on services contact Parkes Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6862 6000.


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