CSIRO Radio Telescope - 'The Dish'

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Parkes Observatory is nationally significant in the course of Australian cultural history for its importance to the history of Australian astronomy, and for its association with the Apollo 11 moon landing. If you're a fan of astronomy, the movie 'The Dish', or both, the Parkes radio telescope in the central-west region of New South Wales is a must-see destination. Marvel at the beauty of 'The Dish' in the viewing area, explore the astronomy and space science exhibition and discover the Universe in the high-definition 3D theatre. Open 7 days a week, including public holidays, 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM. Extended hours during NSW school holidays. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day. No camping or overnight parking allowed.

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Lat: -32.998779 Lng: 148.261642

User Reviews



A fascinating place to visit. Our kids 14, 12 and 11 really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Spent a good 3 hours there and also had lunch at Cafe. Well worth visiting.



Well signposted off Newell highway. Plenty of parking including for caravans. The site and numerous kids activities and puzzle are free. You can pay $5 for a kids activities book and that is well worth it too. Also $9 per person for 30 mins of 3D films. Great little cafe as well. Best bit is just the enormity and majesty of the Dish itself.



Cafe isn't open on a Monday. Spent about 30 minutes here with little kids. There is plenty of info to read and some activities. The theatre show wasn't available the day we were there due to maintenance.


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