Is there anybody out there ... the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope captures radio signals from the far reaches of the universe.

If you dish upon a star

Brian Johnston listens to the mysterious sounds of distant galaxies within the 'giant ear' of the Parkes radio telescope.

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Eat, play, love it ... Young is host to all things cherry next month.

A summer of pip stops

From harvest festivals to street car cred, Lee Atkinson explores some crowd-pleasing events.

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Space exploration ... the Southern Spirit crosses Australia's red heart.

Railway conversion

Stathi Paxinos finds comfort and lobster on a train ride from Brisbane to Melbourne.

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Full of history ... the radio telescope at Parkes.

Things are looking up

The sky is the limit in the International Year of Astronomy - and it's about time, writes David Whitley.

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Sheep graze near the Parkes Radio Telescope

Parkes

Parkes
Major centre famous for the huge Parkes telescope situated to the north of the town.
Parkes is a country town of some 10 500 people situated on the Newell Highway between Forbes and Peak Hill, 364 km west of Sydney and 339 m above sea-level. A rural service centre with a strong commercial and industrial base Parkes possesses an expanding economy and population, thanks in part to a wool combing plant and the North Parkes copper and gold mine, the largest metal mine in NSW, which opened in 1994. It is a major wheat-storage centre in a rural district that also produces other crops, wool and livestock.

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Parkes - Fast Facts

Parkes
Major centre famous for the huge Parkes telescope situated to the north of the town.
Parkes is a country town of some 10 500 people situated on the Newell Highway between Forbes and Peak Hill, 364 km west of Sydney and 339 m above sea-level. A rural service centre with a strong commercial and industrial base Parkes possesses an expanding economy and population, thanks in part to a wool combing plant and the North Parkes copper and gold mine, the largest metal mine in NSW, which opened in 1994. It is a major wheat-storage centre in a rural district that also produces other crops, wool and livestock.

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