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 Agricultural Show

    Monday 27 August 2018 to Wednesday 29 August 2018 , Parkes

    The Parkes Show is one of the largest agricultural shows west of the Blue Mountains. The Parkes Show is held each August running over three days and two nights with plenty of entertainment, side shows and trade stands along with a spectacu…

    27 Aug - 29 Aug
  2. Parkes Country Music Awards

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2018 , Parkes

    Enjoy the excellent line up of professional and guest artists whilst enjoying the jam-packed festival program including street busking and competitions, Family Muster, Gospel Service, free entertainment, Music Awards, Australian Country …

    29 Sep - 01 Oct
  3. Parkes Antique Motor Club Annual Swap Meet

    Saturday 13 October 2018 , Parkes

    The Annual Swap Meet is one of the premium events of its kind in NSW, an event not to be missed. This event caters for veteran, vintage, classic, modern, sports cars and motorcycles. This meet also attracts many stall holders providing a …

    13 Oct