Parkes Radio Telescope - NSW

  Tourist Attraction


DEG: -32.99855 148.262863
DMS: 32º 59' 54.78" S 148º 15' 46.31" E
UTM: 55 H 6348166mN 617977mE
Altitude: 381.07m


Place Type

Recreation - Tourist Attraction


17.39kms NorthEast of Parkes
44.72kms NorthWest of Manildra
52.28kms East of Trundle
85.02kms SouthWest of Geurie

Address & Contact

Telescope Rd
Parkes NSW 2870
Phone: 02 6861 1777
Email: N/A


The Parkes Observatory, is a 64-metre Telescope used for Radio Astronomy. It is operated by the Australia Telescope National Facility, a division of CSIRO, which also includes the ATNF Headquarters at Marsfield in Sydney, the Compact Array and Mopra Observatory near Coonabarabran and the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder.

The road to the Telescope is clearly marked, 20 km north of Parkes and 100 km south of Dubbo. The telescope is 6 km from the Highway. Don't forget to switch off mobile phones, radio transmitters, video cameras and other electronic and computer devices a kilometre from the telescope so you don't interfere with the astronomy. Still digital and still film cameras are okay to use.

Public transport from Parkes to the telescope is limited to Taxi. Parkes is serviced by Regional Express Airline (REX), Countrylink, Greyhound and the Indian Pacific train. Many coach and tour companies offer trips that stop at the telescope.

Built virtually in the shadow of the 64 metre dish, the visitors centre primarily caters for public curiosity about the radio telescope and astronomy, through contact with over 100,000 visitors per year. Star of the movie "The Dish", the telescope is still a world class instrument used by Astronomers from around the world to explore the Universe.

* Open: 8.30 am to 4.15 pm every day except Christmas and Boxing Days
* Free entry
* Great view of the telescope
* Displays and exhibits
* 3D theatre (entry fee applies)
* theatre about the telescope (entry fee applies)
* Licensed dish café
* Shop with Souvenirs, books, posters and science toys
* Free BBQ and Picnic facilities

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Parkes Airport Aws
Distance from Parkes Radio Telescope 14.52km S
Mean Max. °C33.531.928.424.018.915.
Mean Min. °C17.517.413.
Mean Rain mm61.866.149.630.448.853.348.446.543.653.558.552.7

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