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Home to The Dish, the world-famous Parkes Radio Telescope, Parkes is a thriving commercial centre in central NSW.

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Location

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.

How to get there

Parkes Regional Airport provides daily flights to Sydney with Regional Express (REX).

Population

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.

Parkes is located within the Western NSW Primary Health Network, this fact sheet provides an overview of community health.

Healthcare facilities

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.

Accredited GP practices

  • Currajong Street Medical Centre
  • Ochre Health Medical Centre Parkes

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing people living in the Parkes Shire are: copper ore mining, hospitals, grain-sheep or grain-beef cattle farming, aged care residential services and primary education.
  • Childcare

Parkes offers young families a variety of childcare including long day care, out of school hours care, family day care and preschool services.  
  • Shopping

Parkes has Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and IGA Supermarkets. As well as larger national retail chains including Target, Big W, Kmart and Harvey Norman. There are also numerous specialty and boutique retail stores.
  • Places of worship

There a numerous places of worship located in Parkes including, Anglican, Catholic Baptist Presbyterian and Uniting churches. The nearest mosque is in Dubbo (90 min drive from Parkes).
  • Points of interest

The Henry Parkes Centre, named after the father of Australia’s federation, includes museums and an Elvis exhibit. Parkes’ goldmining heritage can be explored by following the Gold Trails or the Modern Mining Trail. Major events held in Parkes include the Parkes Elvis Festival and the annual Festival of Astronomy.
  • Sporting activities

Sports that can be enjoyed in Parkes include golf, bowls, netball, football, cricket, basketball, hockey and tennis.
  • Community groups and activities

Parkes Shire Council provides a community directory including community and service groups including Parkes Action Club, Parkes Camera Club, Landcare and Parkes Painting Group.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Parkes. A good place to start are the Facebook pages Parkes Champion Post and Parkes Shire Council.