Parkes is surrounded by wide-open spaces and plenty of opportunities to get close to nature.
Go bushwalking through Goobang National Park, home to endangered animals including the brush-tailed rock wallaby and the squirrel glider. In the cooler months, native orchids flower in this natural haven that's about 60 km north-west of Parkes.
Go camping and fishing along the Lachlan River or boating on Lake Cowal, the largest natural lake in NSW, just 94km south-west of Parkes.
200 km to the west is Lake Cargelligo, where you'll be able to see some of Australia's endangered bird species ï¿½ such as black swans, great crested grebes and black cockatoos.
A strenuous hike to the top of Mt Tilga, 8 km north of Condobolin, offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Located 4 km south of Forbes on the Newell Highway, the Gum Swamp Bird Hide is the place to see some of the 158 bird species that inhabit this wetland.