The Elvis capital of Australia
Even though Elvis Presley died in 1977, his spirit is alive and well in Parkes. The annual Parkes Elvis Festival coincides with the music legend's birthday in January. The five-day event features Elvis concerts, a parade and much more.
Head 356 km west of Sydney into Country NSW, and you'll find Parkes, a thriving rural and commercial centre and an excellent base for exploring the Central West region. The town has a rich agricultural and mining history displayed in museums and at various historic sites. See historic civic buildings in the area around Currajong and Court streets and learn about the gold-rush era on a walk through the remains at Bushman's Hill goldmine.
Take a hike through Goobang National Park, where you can enjoy great views over the surrounding countryside from Caloma Trig lookout. You'll also find panoramic views of the town from the top of Parkes Memorial Hill. The popular Parkes Elvis Festival, which takes place annually on the second weekend in January, attracts Elvis impersonators from far and wide.
Parkes has a thriving social calendar so be sure to check the events ahead of your visit. You've got a fine choice of accommodation in Parkes that includes campgrounds, motels, hotels and B&Bs so no matter your preference, the perfect place awaits you.
Saturday 2 May to Saturday 2 May 2015
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Fly into Parkes Airport
Parkes Airport is located 5 km from the Parkes’ town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip east. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
Regional Express services the airport with around 18 weekly direct flights to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Parkes.
Elvis lookalikes in Parkes for the Parkes Elvis Festival. Image Parkes Shire Council
Henry Parkes sculpture in Parkes. Image Parkes Shire Council
The CSIRO Radio Telescope at Parkes at twilight