Henry Parkes Centre
The impressive Henry Parkes Centre is a tourism complex located on the north end of Parkes at the Parkes Visitor Information Centre.
The Centre incorporates three separate displays - The King's Castle Elvis Exhibit and Parkes Motor Museum as one museum, The Henry Parkes Museum containing over 15,000 items of local history displayed across 2 acres of land, and Moat Cottage, a replica of Sir Henry Parkes' childhood home in Coventry in England.
The King's Castle Elvis Exhibit is a unique collection of original Elvis memorabilia owned by Greg Page, the original Yellow Wiggle. The exhibition tells the story of the on (and off) stage life of one of the world's greatest entertainers. The Parkes Motor Museum houses an impressive collection of mint condition cars and motor bikes representing all heritage motoring eras.
The Henry Parkes Museum depicts early life in Parkes through objects, photos and historical information. The displays include Sir Henry Parkes memorabilia, an Emmanuel Brothers display and a Wiradjuri display curated by local Elders, vintage agricultural machinery, two old churches, a blacksmith shop and the Wongalea School, in which Sir Harry Secombe made the movie Sunstruck in the 1972.
The complex also features an interactive Henry Parkes audio visual in Moat Cottage that tells the story of the life and achievements of Sir Henry Parkes, the Father of Federation.
Access and Inclusion Statement
Allows a person's carer free entry into participating venues and events
Actively welcomes people with access needs.
Advise tour guides of the access needs of guests at the time of booking (includes pick up and drop off requirements)
Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
Have a step free main entrance to the building and/or reception area (includes ramps or slopes with a maximum gradient of 1:14, otherwise are too steep for wheelchairs)
Have accessible seating areas in theatrette
Have an accessible public toilet which is unlocked
Have at least one wheelchair accessible parking space with wheelchair accessible signage clearly displayed (International standards are 3200mm wide x 2500 mm high)
Have step free access to the conference or function room
Have step free outdoor pathways (includes picnic areas, barbecues and shelters)
Offer multiple options for booking - web, email, phone
Use Plain English / easy read signage and information (includes menus and emergency information)
Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)