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Explore Parkes, Peak Hill, Bogan Gate, Trundle and Tullamore. From the heights of Goobang National Park, to the plains of wheat and country villages, Parkes Shire boasts many sights to see – some well known and others waiting to be discovered. Visit an Australian icon – the world famous CSIRO Radio Telescope “The Dish”, capture a picture in Trundle on New South Wales’ widest main street or meet up with Elvis at the annual Parkes Elvis Festival. Welcome!

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  • P e a k H i l l B o g a n g a t e t r u n d l e t u l l a m o r e

    Home of THe DisH anD THe famous annual Parkes elvis fesTival

    C e n t r a L n e w S o u t h w a L e S

    ParkeSSHIRE

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  • HENRY PARKES CENTRE

    The Henry Parkes Centre is Parkes' newest attraction and a major cultural

    tourism precinct that offers a one stop shop' for visitors to Parkes.

    The Henry Parkes Centre incorporates the Parkes Visitor Information

    Centre and four unique collections including:

    The King's Castle Elvis Exhibit

    Parkes Motor Museum

    Henry Parkes Museum (traditional history collection)

    Antique Machinery Collection

    Open 7 days, one admission fee gains access to the entire complex,

    offering something for everyone.

    The Henry Parkes Centre is located on the Newell Highway on the

    northern side of town with on-site parking for long vehicles.

    The Parkes Visitor Information Centre has a great range of souvenirs,

    destination brochures and maps. You can grab a cold drink or an ice-

    cream and even get your photo taken with a life-sized Elvis.

    HENRY PARKES MUSEUMS OPEN 7 DAYS

    9.00am - 4.00pm weekdays10.00am - 4.00pm weekends / public holidays

    PARKES VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRENewell Highway, ParkesOPEN 7 DAYS 9.00am - 5.00pm weekdays10.00am - 4.00pm weekends / public holidaysPhone: 02 6862 6000Fax: 02 6862 1023

    Email: tourism@parkes.nsw.gov.au

    www.visitparkes.com.au

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  • Parkes Visitor Guide 2012/2013 3

    Welcome to Parkes shireExplore Parkes, Peak Hill, Bogan Gate, Trundle and Tullamore. From the heights of Goobang National Park, to the plains of wheat and country villages, Parkes Shire boasts many sights to see some well known and others waiting to be discovered. Visit an Australian icon the world famous CSIRO Radio Telescope The Dish, capture a picture in Trundle on New South Wales widest main street or meet up with Elvis at the annual Parkes Elvis Festival. Welcome!

    contents About PArkes shire ...................................................................................... 4

    events .............................................................................................................. 6

    AttrActions & Activities ......................................................................... 7

    PArkes AccommodAtion............................................................................10

    PArkes dining .............................................................................................. 12

    trAnsPort ..................................................................................................... 13

    PArkes services ............................................................................................14

    goobAng nAtionAl PArk .......................................................................... 15

    mAP of PArkes (Centre fold) ...................................................................16

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    ACCOmmODATION .........................................................................................18

    THINGS TO DO & SEE .....................................................................................20

    FOOD & DINING ..............................................................................................21

    SHOPPING, SERVICES & FACIlITIES .............................................................22

    PeAk hill ........................................................................................................ 23

    trundle ......................................................................................................... 25

    tullAmore .....................................................................................................27

    bogAn gAte ................................................................................................... 28

    tourist drive bogAn link .................................................................... 29

    dAy triPs centrAl nsW .......................................................................... 29

    shire mAPs PeAk hill, trundle ........................................................... 30

    shire mAPs tullAmore, bogAn gAte ..................................................31

    regionAl mAP ...............................................................................................bc

    AcknoWledgements Photos courtesy of: Parkes Shire Council, mark James, John Sarkissian, Garry Wynands, Parkes Champion Post, Bill Jayet, Elvis Revival Inc, Betty Zdan and National Parks & Wildlife Service. Artwork & Printing: Vink Publishing.

    disclAimerInformation contained in this brochure is supplied by individual operators as at October 2011. Whilst every endeavour has been made to ensure absolute accuracy of information, Parkes Visitor Information Centre and its agents cannot be held responsible for any consequences resulting from mis-description or inadvertent errors contained herein.

    mAyorAl WelcomeParkes and the surrounding smaller towns have come a long way, from our foundations as an early gold discovery settlement, to our roots in the agricultural engine room of NSW; our anchor as an inland transport hub and our rich mining landscape.

    Now with its astronomical link through the world famous CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, Parkes has become a popular attraction for travellers touring rural Australia. We invite you to explore the hidden secrets that Parkes, Peak Hill, Bogan Gate, Trundle and Tullamore have to offer.

    On behalf of the people of Parkes Shire I welcome you to our region and wish you a safe, adventurous and enjoyable visit.

    Cr Ken Keith Mayor of Parkes Shire

    HENRY PARKES CENTRE

    The Henry Parkes Centre is Parkes' newest attraction and a major cultural

    tourism precinct that offers a one stop shop' for visitors to Parkes.

    The Henry Parkes Centre incorporates the Parkes Visitor Information

    Centre and four unique collections including:

    The King's Castle Elvis Exhibit

    Parkes Motor Museum

    Henry Parkes Museum (traditional history collection)

    Antique Machinery Collection

    Open 7 days, one admission fee gains access to the entire complex,

    offering something for everyone.

    The Henry Parkes Centre is located on the Newell Highway on the

    northern side of town with on-site parking for long vehicles.

    The Parkes Visitor Information Centre has a great range of souvenirs,

    destination brochures and maps. You can grab a cold drink or an ice-

    cream and even get your photo taken with a life-sized Elvis.

    HENRY PARKES MUSEUMS OPEN 7 DAYS

    9.00am - 4.00pm weekdays10.00am - 4.00pm weekends / public holidays

    PARKES VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRENewell Highway, ParkesOPEN 7 DAYS 9.00am - 5.00pm weekdays10.00am - 4.00pm weekends / public holidaysPhone: 02 6862 6000Fax: 02 6862 1023

    Email: tourism@parkes.nsw.gov.au

    www.visitparkes.com.au

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    HistoryThe Parkes area remained relatively unsettled until 1862 when the discovery of gold led to a hastily erected canvas town known as Currajong which accommodated thousands of hopeful gold seekers. A further discovery of gold in 1871 at the nearby Bushmans Gold Mine helped the district to become one of the richest gold producing areas in the colony.

    In 1873 the then Prime Minister of New South Wales, Sir Henry Parkes, showed his interest in the district by visiting the diggings. On December 1, 1873, the name of the settlement was changed from

    Bushmans to Parkes in honour of the great statesman. Sir Henry Parkes visited Parkes in 1887 and gave the town the Fontana Bust, which is displayed at Parkes Shire Council. In that same year Parkes changed the name of its main street to Clarinda - Lady Parkes christian name.

    As mining diminished in importance, the plough, the combine and the harvester became the new symbols of progress.

    ClimateAverage daily temperatures: Winter 15oC, Summer 32oC. Average rainfall: 584mm per year.

    environmentParkes Shire is located on the western edge of the Great Dividing Range within the Central New South Wales region. The landscape is flat to undulating and forms a part of the catchment for two main river systems, the Bogan and the Lachlan Rivers. Elevation: 339 metres. Shire area: 5,919 sq km.

    PoPulationThe Parkes town population is currently 11,793, with a further 4,200 residents in the surrounding villages and rural lands. Peak Hill: 1409. Trundle: 876. Tullamore: 525. Bogan Gate: 253. Parkes itself has experienced significant growth during recent years, with further growth expected, underpinned by mining and transport.

    agriCultureParkes Shire contains some of the richest and most productive agricultural and grazing land in New South Wales. Wheat, barley, canola, oats, oilseeds and winter legumes are grown annually. Fields of canola can be seen flowering in magnificent blankets of yellow during late August through to September. Peak Hill was in fact the site of Australias first public wheat silo in 1918. Sheep grazing lands are predominant in Parkes Shire, producing significant volumes for both the wool and meat markets.

    About PArkes shireLocated in Central NSW on the major inland motoring corridor, the Newell

    Highway, Parkes is a thriving commercial centre offering quality accommodation, unique attractions and events. Parkes is home to th