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 its commissioning in 1961, Parkes Observatory has been responsible for many world firsts in radio astronomy.
The discovery centre - built virtually in the shadow of the Dish - has a range of interactive displays, and 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.
Allows a person's carer free entry into participating venues and events
Actively welcomes people with access needs.
Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
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