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Goonumbla: 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 9.7K from Goonumbla

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 13.5K from Goonumbla

NSW Modern Mining Trail

The Modern Mining Trail is a self drive tourism experience that takes visitors on a journey to see the world class gold and copper mines, where advanced technology and a pursuit of excellence has enabled NSW to be on the world map in mining.

Spanning over 43,000 kilometres across Central New South Wales, the Modern Mining Trail features six mines as the signature attractions: Northparkes Mine and the Peak Hill Open Cut Experience (Parkes), Newcrest Mining's Cadia Valley Operations (Orange), Barrick Cowal Gold Mine (West Wyalong), Great Cobar Mine, and Peak Gold Mines (Cobar).

Tour experiences are available at each of the major sites with booking information available from the website.

Visit the many associated attractions along the way including the Henry Parkes Centre, Peak Hill Open Cut Gallery and Tourist Centre, historical village of Ophir, Golden Memories Museum Millthorpe, West Wyalong Gold Tour and the Great Cobar Heritage Centre.

Parkes Visitor Information Centre,
Newell Highway
Parkes, NSW, 2870

Located 13.5K from Goonumbla

Gold Trails

In the period from 1851 onwards, people rushed to make their fortunes on a series of goldfields that were found in NSW. The new finds significantly impacted the early agricultural towns and villages.

New settlements were established to service thousands of prospectors and miners who came and went.

Many came from Australia and overseas to win the gold, many set up businesses to feed and supply the miners, while some chose to steal.

Today, this golden heritage vein underpins the story of nearly every major town and village across central and south west NSW.

Every goldfield has its own trail to follow.

Follow the Gold Trails and discover for yourself the heritage riches underpinning the towns, villages and landscapes of NSW.

The stories of those who won the gold and those who stole the gold are brought to life by communities committed to conserving and sharing their heritage.

Parkes, NSW, 2870

Located 14.3K from Goonumbla

Craft Corner

Parkes Craft Corner features local arts and crafts and wares from talented local residents and hold a monthly themed exhibition.

Why not pop in for a visit and see the many interesting and lovely gift ideas available from the many talented local crafty folk at Craft Corner? You will be pleasantly surprised! Situated in the heart of the shopping centre.

227 Clarinda Street
Parkes, NSW, 2870

Located 15.4K from Goonumbla

Goonumbla: Events

Parkes Elvis Festival

The iconic Parkes Elvis Festival is a celebration of the life and music of Elvis Presley held annually in Parkes, NSW, in the second week of January to coincide with the January 8 birthday of The King.

From Wednesday to Sunday more than 120 events take place at venues in and around Parkes. The Festival attracts headline international and national Elvis tribute artists, and more than 25,000 national and international visitors to Central West NSW.

Parkes Elvis Festival is proud to be officially endorsed by the estate of Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

Event Dates
      10th Jan
      11th Jan
      12th Jan
      13th Jan
      14th Jan

Various locations around Parkes
Parkes, NSW, 2870

Located 11.4K from Goonumbla

Parkes Annual Swap Meet

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 great opportunity to find that hidden treasure.

The event is organised by the Parkes Historic Motor Club with gates opening at noon on the Friday prior for setting up and trading and then gates opening early Saturday morning from 6am again for trading.

The event is being run in conjunction with the Parkes Car Enthusiast Charity Show and Shine Weekend.

Canteen facilities for breakfast and lunch available on site. (Saturday only)

Event Dates
      14th Oct

Victoria Street,
Parkes Showground
Parkes, NSW, 2870

Located 14.8K from Goonumbla

Parkes Harness Racing Australia Day

The Parkes Harness Racing Australia Day will be a fantastic day not to be missed, a great day out for both the young and older folk.

All facilities including food and beverages are available on site. Look out for the Golden Yabby races for the kids, as well as a jumping castle and kids prizes to be won on the day!

Event Dates
      26th Jan

Victoria Street
Parkes, NSW, 2870

Located 14.8K from Goonumbla

Goonumbla: Travel Tips

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 13.5K from Goonumbla

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