Insiders’ Secrets – Al ‘Alvis’ Gersbach

15 February 2016

Alvis, Insiders' Secrets

Alvis, Insiders’ Secrets


The Elvis Capital of Australia: After the movie, ‘The Dish’, Parkes used to be known as the home of the CSIRO Radio Telescope. But now, it’s the much wilder ‘Elvis Capital of Australia’.

My other favourite festival: The ABBA Festival in Trundle is Australia’s only and original ABBA festival. Held on the first Saturday in May each year, it’s just as much fun as our Elvis festival with Bjorn Again, the world’s number one ABBA tribute band and a disco dancing competition. Two other local favourites are the Tullamore Irish Festival and Bush Tucker Day at Trundle.

Local gold: If you want to check out Parke’s gold mining past, head to Peak Hill Open Cut Mine. It operated between 1893 and 1917 and produced about 60,000 ounces from 500,000 tonnes of rock.

Famous fugitives: Parkes has an interesting bushranger history. At Escort Rock, Eugowra, near Forbes, you can see where bushranger Frank Gardiner and his gang staged Australia’s biggest gold heist

Best sunset views: Memorial Hill Lookout is the place to go for a good view over the surrounding countryside and some nice photo opportunities.

Best local footie club: Definitely the Parkes Boars Rugby Club – because I still play with them.

Best local walk: Burrabadine walking track takes you to the top of Burrabadine Peak for scenic views to the west of Goobang National Park which is part of the Herveys Range. It’s well worth the effort.

On the water: We love our water sports despite living in Central NSW. Wyangala Dam is great for a paddle around the foreshores and it’s also well stocked with silver and golden perch, catfish and Murray cod. Lake Burrendong’s also popular with anglers, nature lovers, bushwalkers, campers and picnickers. There’s an arboretum with native plants and animals and a mass of subtropical vegetation, native animals and local bird life to spot.