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Parkes Radio Telescope

Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
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Movies are worth the extra

We stopped here for about an hour with teenagers, one interested in space and science and the other... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Martin A
via mobile
Astronomy revealed

A great way to learn about what modern astronomers do. The Visitors Centre has displays that... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
Ken E
Parkes, Australia
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Newell Hwy, Parkes, New South Wales 2870, Australia
+61 2 6861 1777
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for about an hour with teenagers, one interested in space and science and the other definitely not. We all enjoyed it and learned a lot. The 30 mins of 3D movies are excellent and well worth the small extra cost, provided there...More

Thank Martin A
Reviewed 28 August 2018

A great way to learn about what modern astronomers do. The Visitors Centre has displays that explain what the telescope does and how it contributes to the work of modern astronomers. Great slideshows, and the amateur astronomy photography exhibition is stunning. A good cafe attached.

Thank Ken E
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Very helpful and cheerful staff who are happy to answer any questions about this iconic Aussie land mark. If you've seen the movie The Dish you know nearly as much as you need to know about this radio telescope. If you haven't, drop in here...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Come along and see what there is to see And read up about the Dish. It’s free and 1/2 hour should do it. Make sure you test out the whispering dishes.

Thank ozzie5melbourne
Reviewed 18 July 2018

I am not a Science geek by any stretch of the imagination, but had this attraction on my bucket list for some time. A bit of a hike to get there but well worth. Extremely well run and very interesting So glad I made the...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

We travelled to Parkes especially for our two daughters - 13 & 11 yrs. Our youngest was doing a space project. The 3D theatre showing 3 films totalling about 30 min, for a small fee, was very interesting and we learnt lots of new facts....More

Thank Jenny S
Reviewed 13 May 2018

Loved the movie and the story of our amazing universe (and other universes). Shows how incredible nature really is.

Thank thingsthatareunique
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Brilliant. See my review under CSIRO - Parkes Free, one hour drive from Dubbo, much larger than you would expect. A piece involved in world history.

Thank PLCSydney
Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

Before you come here you must watch the movie “The Dish”. The dish it’s self is absolutely amazing it’s a lot bigger than we first thought so happy we did the drive from Mudgee to see it definitely and must do when in the area

Thank Aaron S
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Opss! Couldn’t help it! The carrot cake in the cafe is to die for! Oh, the place is lovely too by the way! The telescope is huge and twas amazing to see it move! Lovely info about the place too!

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Daniel H
26 September 2018|
Response from cristygardner | Reviewed this property |
I can only say why not ask the person in charge of the place? They have a nice garden beside the dish. You might have to bring your own bat, ball and wicket set! 🤪🤣 Liquid soaps has been used for centuries specially by... More
7 September 2018|
Response from Steve W | Reviewed this property |
I couldn't find any reference online, so: Phone: +61 2 6861 1777 Email: parkes-vdc@csiro.au We found the people there extremely helpful. I hope this helps.
7 September 2018|
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Response from cristygardner | Reviewed this property |
They do not have a night tour. Their opening hours are from 830am to 415pm. Visit their website for more info: csiro.au