Parkes Observatory, just outside the central-west NSW town of Parkes, hosts the 64-metre Parkes radio telescope, one of the telescopes comprising CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility.
Our Parkes radio telescope has been in operation for more than 50 years. Thanks to regular upgrades, it continues to be at the forefront of discovery.
Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre
Whether you're travelling with your family, school or a tourist group, our Parkes radio telescope is a great place to visit.
Opening hours and visitor information for Parkes Observatory
The visitors centre at Parkes Observatory is open to the public 7 days a week.
Things to see and do at Parkes Observatory
If you're a fan of astronomy, the movie 'The Dish', or both, our Parkes radio telescope in the central-west region of New South Wales is a must-see destination.
Upcoming events at Parkes radio telescope
Find out what's on at Parkes radio telescope and about our other astronomy events in New South Wales.
Bring your group to Parkes radio telescope
Our group programs are tailored to primary and secondary students, seniors and special interest groups.
Venue hire at Parkes radio telescope
We can provide the venue and catering, and a fabulous location, to make your next event memorable. Our rooms are suitable for 30 to 60 people.
Parkes radio telescope online shop
Go to our online shop site for a great variety of quality 'Dish' souvenirs, educational resources, books and much more.