Parkes - Fast Facts

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.

Parkes Tourist Centre
Kelly Reserve Newell Hwy
Parkes NSW 2870
Telephone: (02) 6862 4365
Facsimile: (02) 6862 1023