House in Parkes
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A 19th century gold mining town, Parkes has retained many heritage buildings, with museums showcasing historical artifacts. Today, visitors to Parkes can choose to wander amongst stately properties of centuries past, or discover the latest advanced in astronomy at the townâs world renowned radio telescope observatory.
Bridging the gap is a focus on Elvis Presley, with a permanent exhibit of the Kingâs very own belongings. A festival dedicated to Prestley also takes place in Parkes each year. Holiday rentals in Parkes are as diverse as the crowd it attracts, with cosy bungalows, large family homes and quaint apartments on offer.
If youâre an Elvis fan, make sure to visit Parkes in January. Each year, on or around Presley's birthday, the town hosts an Elvis Festival. Mingle with Elvis impersonators from around the world and take part in over 150 Elvis-inspired activities.
Even if you arenât visiting during the festival, you can head to the Kingâs Castle, a permanent exhibit in Parkes showcasing all things Elvis. Browse a collection of artefacts that once belonged to Presley himself as you learn about the starâs tumultuous life and rise to fame.
To get to know a different kind of star, spend some time at CSIROâ Parkes radio telescope observatory. The observatory is home to a steerable, 60 m diameter antenna, which has set many astronomical precedents. Often referred to as the Dish, it operates 24/7. Learn all about astronomy at the visitors centre via 3D movies and interactive displays.
See what life was like in Parkes at the turn of the 20th century and make your way to Henry Parkes Museum and Antique Machinery Collection. The site comprises several heritage buildings, including a schoolhouse, blacksmithâs, and two churches. Youâll also be able to view close to 50 tractors, built in the early 1900s and later on.
If youâd like to learn more about Parkesâ important mining history, venture over to Bushmanâs Hill, which was once a gold mining site. Today, trails meander around the park, introducing visitors to 100 years of gold mining history. The nearby town of Forbes, meanwhile, has a number of historic buildings. A self-guided walking tour allows visitors to discover the areaâs heritage in more depth.
To take in sweeping views of the countryside and town of Parkes, make your way to Memorial Hill. Wander along the trail leading to the Shrine of Remembrance, and climb 33 m up for panoramic views. Rotary Park is just a short way from the hill, where you will find plenty of picnic spots and an adventure playground.
Kelly Reserve also provides green spaces to stretch your legs, with a playground, picnic area and views over Bushmanâs dam. The reserve is also home to a steam locomotive, paying homage to Parkes settlers who worked on building NSWâs railway. There are several other smaller parks in town, with BBQ equipment and playgrounds.
The town of Parkes offers many different entertainment options. Start off by strolling around the CBD as you uncover works along the public art trail. A self-guided tour introduces travellers to the townâs outdoor art, most of which was created by local artists.
If youâre hungry, Parkes has endless options for eating out, ranging from Thai and Italian to modern Australian cuisine. Take your pick of restaurants and cafÃ©s, sit down or takeaway options.
Next, grab a drink at the historic Trundle Hotel, open since 1887 and once home to the first female doctor of New South Wales. For some retail therapy or window shopping, head towards Clarinda Street.
Parkes is a 4.5 hour drive from Sydney. Train service also connects the small town to the capital of New South Wales, but the journey takes close to double the time.