The town of Parkes is situated in the picturesque Parkes Shire area of New South Wales and is home to around 11,000 people. Families will find an excellent number of schools to find here as well as a healthy real estate market that features a wide range of different kinds of properties to choose from.
The famous CSIRO Telescope can be found just 20kms to the north of Parkes and this makes an interesting day trip destination. Other local attractions include the pretty Bushmans Hill and the impressive War Memorial Lookout.
Nature lovers will want to take a stroll through the large and lovely Goobang National Park, which is situated on the edge of the town. Peak Hill is another natural attraction that people who are new to Parkes are sure to love and this pretty park is home to a big open cut mill that is open to the public. The Big Fish Fossil Hut is also located at Peak Hill and this large hut holds an impressive collection of ancient wildlife specimens.
People who want to gain an understanding of the history of this charming town should pay a visit to the Forbes and District Historical Society Museum, which is situated within Osborne Hall. Ben Halls Grave is another historic monument that is just waiting to be viewed by residents and is a tribute to one of the most notorious bushranger’s in Australia’s rich history.
The Parkes Craft Corner is a popular place for the residents of Parkes to gather and a number of special exhibitions are held here all year round. Other local attractions that are waiting to be enjoyed include the Forbes Platypus Gallery, the interesting and informative Forbes Railway Arts and Visitor Information Centre and the picturesque Gum Bend Lake.