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The small village of Alectown is part of the thriving Parkes Shire and is located around 23 kilometres north of Parkes along the Newell Highway. It is a very small farming community and is situated close to the world famous Radio Telescope, 'The Dish'. The village boasts a strong rural fire group.

Community bush and old time dances are held in the War Memorial Hall. Australia's Bush Cathedral - Go Forth Faith Arena at Mamre Farm is only six kilometres east of Alectown where an annual "Old Fashioned Revival Camp Meeting" is held annually.

Alectown: Where To Go / Sightseeing

CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope

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.

Newell Highway
Parkes, NSW, 2870

Located 15.2K from Alectown

Peak Hill Open Cut Experience

The historic gold mine at Peak Hill operated between 1893 and 1917, producing about 60,000 ounces from 500,000 tonnes of rock. Alkane excavated for gold on the site between 1996 and 2002, retrieving 145,000 ounces from 4.9 million tonnes.

While much of the historic operations were consumed by the recent mining activity, Alkane has managed to preserve some of the old workings. The Open Cut Experience includes both the historic works and the more recent mines, with self guided walking paths constructed.

The Open Cut Experience offers a rich tourism experience, with visitors able to access viewing areas over five open cuts, spectacular views from the hilltop, walking trails, rest areas, and a bridge walk over historic mine workings.

Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more people. Please phone the Parkes Visitor Information Centre for bookings.

Mingelo Street
Peak Hill, NSW, 2869

Located 21.4K from Alectown

Peak Hill Art Gallery

Peak Hill's new Art Gallery is home to many local Artists and has a wide selection of art in various mediums including woodwork, ceramics and metal work. On various days you can observe a local Artist at work. The Art Gallery is a not for profit organisation run entirely by volunteers.

85 Caswell Street
Peak Hill, NSW, 2869

Located 21.6K from Alectown

Peak Hill FM Community Radio Station

Peakhillfm89.5 is a small volunteer Community operated radio station. They are open to visitors who would like to see how they operate.

The Radio station provides news and information for Peak Hill and the surrounding areas. They are a volunteer outfit and would love for you to drop in and say g'day whenever you are heading through or visiting Peak Hill.

Situated only 50 metres from the Open Cut Experience in Peak Hill. Funding is by way of sponsorship and donations. If you would like to, you can join them as a supporter. Sponsorships are also available.

1 Fraser Avenue
Peak Hill, NSW, 2869

Located 21.7K from Alectown

Big Fish Fossil Hut at Peak Hill

Big Fish Fossil Hut is easily located just off the Newell Highway at the Peak Hill Caravan Park.

It holds a collection that includes a wide range of specimens depicting a range of ancient wildlife groups that have lived across Eastern Australia over the past 700 million years and include groups of invertebrates through to fish, amphibians and dinosaurs.

Michael Durrant is the founder of the World of Fossils museums - a series of prehistory exhibitions that are now popping up all over Australia.

There is something for everyone who has an interest in prehistoric wildlife - from the earliest jellyfish, to even the skull of a 'tiny' ancestor of t-rex.

The gigantic 'star' of this collection is the largest fossil fish on display anywhere in Australia. It is called Xiphactinus, and lived during the time of the dinosaurs. The Big Fish Fossil Hut specimen is approximately 4.5 metres long.

2 Ween Street,
Peak Hill Caravan Park
Peak Hill, NSW, 2869

Located 22.0K from Alectown

Henry Parkes Centre

The impressive Henry Parkes Centre, a tourism complex located on the northern side of town, incorporates the Parkes Visitor Information Centre, the King's Castle Elvis Exhibit, the Parkes Motor Museum, Henry Parkes Museum (traditional history) and Antique Machinery Collection.

The King's Castle Elvis Exhibit is a unique collection of original Elvis memorabilia owned by Greg Page. The exhibition displays genuine Elvis artefacts which were owned by Elvis or directly connected to his life and are on display telling the story of the on (and off) stage life of one of the world's greatest entertainers.

Parkes Motor Museum houses an impressive collection of motor vehicles representing all heritage motoring eras.

The Henry Parkes Museum and Antique Machinery Collection depict early life in Parkes through objects, photos and historical information.

The complex has recently opened the new Henry Parkes Interactive Museum located in Moat Cottage telling the story of Sir Henry Parkes.

Henry Parkes Centre,
Newell Highway
Parkes, NSW, 2870

Located 23.5K from Alectown

Alectown: Events

Peak Hill Arts and Craft Exhibition

This annual June Long Weekend event caters for all craft enthusiasts at the Peak Hill Arts and Craft Exhibition.

See patchwork, cake decorating, art, folk art, pottery, spinning, tatting, candle wicking, precious metal clay and silver smithing as well as food stalls. Learn how to crochet and revamp all your old clothes and lots more. Come along and enjoy yourself at the Peak Hill Arts and Craft Exhibition. The exhibition is held at two venues right in the heart of the Peak Hill township.

Refreshments of Devonshire Tea and soup are served daily.

Peak Hill offers a variety of quality accommodation and dining venues, and antique shops for those wishing to explore the area during their visit.

Newell Highway
Peak Hill, NSW, 2869

Located 20.6K from Alectown

Alectown: Travel Tips

Peak Hill Visitor Information Centre

Peak Hill is situated on the Newell Highway approximately half way between Parkes and Dubbo in Central Western New South Wales.

It is home to the popular tourist gold mine attraction 'The Open Cut Experience'. Enjoy the interesting walking trails with views over five open cut pits, also a bridge walk over historical mine workings from early mining days. These workings depict the challenges early miners faced extracting the gold from extremely deep and narrow shafts.

Peak Hill is centrally situated for easy access to the Goobang National Park, opportunities for leisurely drives, bush walking and camping within the park.

Call in and talk with the friendly staff at the Peak Hill Visitor Information Centre. They will be happy to help you with all accommodation, dining, tourist drives, antique, art and craft shop information.

62 Caswell Street
Peak Hill, NSW, 2869

Located 21.7K from Alectown

Parkes Visitor Information Centre

Parkes Visitor Information Centre is located up the northern end of town at the Henry Parkes Centre along the Newell Highway. The centre provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to stop and relax and visit the museum complex. Whilst there find out more about the numerous attractions that Parkes and the Shire area has to offer.

The friendly staff at the Parkes Visitor Information Centre can provide information about attractions in the region and assist with your accommodation bookings. The centre offers a wide selection of souvenirs, local produce, and refreshments for your convenience.

For further information, please contact the centre.

Henry Parkes Centre,
Newell Highway
Parkes, NSW, 2870

Located 23.6K from Alectown

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