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2020 Parkes Community Guide

Welcome to the 2020 Parkes Community Guide- a publication where you can find all sorts of handy hints, interesting information and plenty of resources on all that Parkes has to offer from education and employment, to sport and cultural events.

Parkes is strategically located within five hours of Sydney and three hours of Canberra. Ideally situated along the Newell Highway, Australia's major inland touring route, where it intersects with essential rail corridors, Parkes is an accessible and appealing destination for tourism, lifestyle and business.

The Parkes Region boasts a diverse economy with strong industries including transport, mining, health care, tourism, agriculture and public administration. With its central location Parkes allows businesses to connect with suppliers and customers quickly with over 80 per cent of the Australian population able to be reached by road within 12 hours. There is so much to see and do around the Parkes Shire, with our unique Parkes Elvis Festival celebrating the King of Rock n' Roll during the second week in January and the Trundle Abba Festival celebrating all things Abba, first weekend in May.

Discover Space and Science at the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope. History and culture at the Henry Parkes Centre, tour the museums and visit the Peak Hill Open Cut Mine. There is a wide range of shops with unique gifts and local produce and quality dining options to suit all tastes. Stay a while in one of our wide range of quality accommodation options. There is fun and adventure to be had with our recreational facilities and parks. For the hiker in you we have national parks and forests for you to explore.

Parkes is also serviced by a regional airport with several return flights daily between Parkes and Sydney and is also accessed by daily coach and rail services to and from Sydney. The Parkes Region is a great place to live and raise a family with affordable housing and great lifestyle, diverse employment opportunities, health services including a new hospital, quality educational facilities, a strong sporting culture and first class community facilities.

Click here to access all the information in the 2020 Parkes Community Guide.