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The visitors centre at Parkes Observatory is open to the public 7 days a week.

 CSIRO's Parkes Radio Telescope - Attractions in Parkes NSW

Parkes radio telescope is an icon of Australian science, and one part of the Australia Telescope National Facility.

Opening hours

  • 7 days a week from 8.30am to 4.15pm (including public holidays)
  • Extended hours during New South Wales school holidays
  • Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day


See map and directions to Parkes Observatory.

Getting to the observatory

The Parkes radio telescope is located at Parkes Observatory, 20 kilometres north of Parkes off the Newell Highway (the main highway between Brisbane and Melbourne). The road to the telescope is clearly marked.