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Parkes Radio Telescope

Open Now: 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
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The Dish ( rom the movie of the same name)

A wonderful place to visit. A fully operational astronomical radio telescope that does both... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dave N
Ryde, Australia
Great science

Absolutely worth the visit. Do not miss it! Great 3d movie as well as lots of other fascinating... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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“radio telescope”(11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Newell Hwy, Parkes, New South Wales 2870, Australia
+61 2 6861 1777
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful place to visit. A fully operational astronomical radio telescope that does both astronomical research as well as communications with space probes. It's well known for it's historical communications link to the Apollo 11 moon landing mission in 1969. There is no entry fee...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dave N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely worth the visit. Do not miss it! Great 3d movie as well as lots of other fascinating displays

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jerji
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited on a very hot day. The Dish was a sight to be hold. The visitor centre and 3D film were great. Lots of kids and older couples who were enjoying themselves. Could have more activities for kids.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Z9324COtraveller
Reviewed 2 November 2018

This was a great stop while exploring the region. The history and how the radio telescope was fascinating. There is a free small museum and for a small fee there is some 3D films about space which were worth watching and a great way to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Aussie_Tourist79
Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

Well worth a visit to see our contribution to the moon mission where they walked on the moon. It also featured in the film called “The Dish”. There is a great cafe there also. The technology is well explained with lots of pics of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 29 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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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