Parkes in Central NSW, is 365km from Sydney and 306km from Canberra. Originally a goldmining settlement, it was renamed Parkes after Sir Henry Parkes, the ‘Father of Federation'. Parkes is perhaps best known as home of ‘The Dish' – the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope.
The annual Parkes Elvis Festival is held in the second week in January and the Tullamore Irish Festival is held on Easter Weekend.
The Henry Parkes Centre houses The King's Castle Elvis Exhibit, Parkes Motor Museum, Parkes Museum and Antique Machinery collection and the Parkes Visitor Information Centre.