CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope Visitor Centre

Located 20 kilometres north of Parkes off the Newell Highway the CSIRO's Parkes observatory is home to the world famous 'Dish'.

At 64 metres in diameter, it was the first fully steerable large antenna in the Southern Hemisphere. This impressive structure is still a world leading scientific instrument and is operated 24 hours a day.

Since commissioning in 1961, Parkes Observatory has been responsible for many world firsts in radio astronomy.

The visitors centre - built virtually in the shadow of the Dish - has a range of interactive displays, an excellent astronomy resource centre with souvenirs, science toys and books.

The educational 3D theatre showcases both informative and awe inspiring adventures across the Universe.

Enjoy a coffee stop or a meal at the award winning Dish Cafe or make use of the free gas barbecues.

School excursions and special interest groups are welcome.

For more information: http://www.csiro.au/parkes

Nearby events

  1. Parkes Picnic Races

    Saturday 09 June 2018 , Parkes

    Come along and be a part of the fashions, fun and festivities that make the June long weekend in Parkes the social highlight of the year! At the Parkes Picnic Races there will be loads of entertainment with a great day of racing, live mus…

    09 Jun
  2. Tullamore Agricultural Show

    Friday 10 August 2018 to Saturday 11 August 2018 , Parkes

    The annual Tullamore Agricultural Show offers all the usual pavilion exhibits including ring events, side show alley, horse and show jumping events, livestock judging, crop competition, speed shearing competition, poultry and also the Champ…

    10 Aug - 11 Aug
  3. Trundle Agricultural Show

    Tuesday 14 August 2018 to Wednesday 15 August 2018 , Parkes

    The Trundle Agricultural Show offers two days of ring events with horse and cattle events and judging, pavilion exhibits, presentation of Miss Showgirl, the side show alley and more. Come and enjoy a day out and have a true country experi…

    14 Aug - 15 Aug