Home to The Dish, the world-famous Parkes Radio Telescope, Parkes is a thriving commercial centre in central NSW.
Parkes is located in the central west of NSW about 120 km (1 hr 30 min drive) south of the regional centre of Dubbo. It is 400 km (5 hr drive) from Sydney.
A rich variety of agriculture, including wheat and wool, surrounds Parkes. In addition to The Dish – a Southern Hemisphere relay and communications station for NASA’s space program – Parkes has more recently become known for the popular Parkes Elvis Festival.
Parkes Regional Airport provides regular flights to Sydney with Regional Express (REX).
The town of Parkes has a population of nearly 10,000 people, the median age of residents is 38 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 10.2% of the population.
The Lachlan Health Service - Parkes is a small public hospital with less than 50- beds. The hospital has an emergency department, inpatient ward, obstetrics services, ambulatory care treatment area that includes chemotherapy and dental facilities, operating suite and clinical support services, including medical imaging.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Parkes.