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Parkes Airport is just a short 5 kilometre drive from the Parkes CBD, with Parkes itself located around a five-hour journey west of Sydney. The drive from Parkes to Sydney, or vice versa, is an extremely picturesque one, with many national parks and regional towns to visit on the way. You will pass through areas such as the Blue Mountains National Park, Nattai National Park and Wollemi National Park. Along the way, you also have famous regional towns such as Bathurst, known for its racing, and Orange.
Once you have arrived in Parkes, there are also national parks closer to the town, offering fantastic drives and a great excuse to take your car out for a day trip. Bordering the town is Goobang National Park. Goobang offers some classic Australian scenery, with lush forests, a range of walking trails and spectacular geography. The park is fully explorable by car and foot with stunning views not far from car parks and rest stops. You can tackle the park at the pace you want, from intense climbs and hiking to relaxed strolls along the water. You will see a range of our most famous native animals including, grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, red-necked wallabies and the elusive echidna. In some more remote areas of the park, you can stumble upon the sedentary koala as it enjoys the eucalyptus trees that scent the air.
If you only have a short time to enjoy the park, drive to the beginning of the Burrabadine Walking trail. The trail stretches for four kilometres and at a leisurely pace will take you two hours to complete. Pack in the best of the park with lookout points, a range of flora and fauna and animal spotting opportunities.
Within the town of Parkes, you will find a range of restaurants, boutique shops, museums and galleries to keep you entertained during your time in Parkes.
Parkes has much to offer with natural beauty and colonial-era gold rush heritage in and around the town. But the region is known for something more. The CSIRO Parkes radio telescope, most commonly called the ‘Dish’, was the same dish used to broadcast the Apollo 11 moon landing to Australia in 1969. The broadcast to Australia was made into the hit Australian film, The Dish. The facility sits 20 kilometres north of Parkes and is now home to a discovery centre that houses a range of interactive displays. The Dish itself is quite the sight, at over 1,000 tons of metal. Amazingly the dish isn't even screwed in; it is so heavy, its own weight secures it to the platform. Head to the observatory and ponder the big questions, where does the universe begin? How large is it? Where is the Coffee? While we can't answer the first two, the third question is easily answered at the café housed inside the facility.
There are some fantastic drives on offer with your rental car in the Parkes region. An hour and 20-minutes north of Parkes, you will find the town of Dubbo. Dubbo is in the heart of the Macquarie Valley. See attractions such as Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The zoo is a fantastic day out with world-class facilities and animal attractions. You may not have thought your trip around regional New South Wales would take you face to face with a fully grown lion, but that's the beauty of the region; it's full of surprises. Dubbo has colonial architecture with exhibits inside, such as the Old Dubbo Gaol. Explore Dubbo and other regional towns during your time in the area; each one has something unique to offer.