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CSIRO Parkes Observatory

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Address: 473 Telescope Road | Parkes Observatory, Parkes, New South Wales NSW 2870, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 6861 1777
08:30 - 16:15
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 16:15

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A Must Do

If you are ever in the area or passing need a break this is the place to go, great information on the solar system with what we can do now in the skies to how we started. A big... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ann A
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are ever in the area or passing need a break this is the place to go, great information on the solar system with what we can do now in the skies to how we started. A big must is the 3D movie this is really informative. The gift shop is god The cafe is very expensive wouldn't like... More 

Thank Ann A
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had to visit the Dish in Parkes not much there but worth the journey 20 min drive from the town centre in Parkes

Thank badhabbits05
North Beach, Australia
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7 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to visit, but a bit disappointing that they only offer the evolutionary world-view on the beginning of the universe (space, time etc.)

Thank Henry M
Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent place to visit and not to be missed saw the 3D presentation of the planets and gained so much from the various displays - we also enjoyed lunch at the Dish Café.

Thank Marilyn J
Queensland, Australia
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347 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a surprise to find such a well presented centre showcasing the importance the Dish, as it is affectionally known, and Australia plays in space exploration. Interactive displays, theatre, and competitions for children not to mention the "whispering garden" and other outside displays make for a very interesting visit. The Dish itself is an awesome sight up close! It is... More 

Thank Margaret B
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always been a fan of astronomy so this was a treat for me. A nice interactive display everywhere you turned and of course there was the fabulous dish itself! Great photo opportunities, just remember to turn your phones to airplane mode when you arrive.

Thank tm190168
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family enjoyed reading about the dish during our visit. We enjoyed lunch in the cafe. And the 3d movie was great...kids learnt alot.

Thank maxwellfamily2003
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very educational, lots of things to look at and interact with. The kids will enjoy it too. Just unfortunate the cafe decided to close early.

Thank Louise M
Laurieton, Australia
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The kids particularly liked visiting the dish. We had been here before as kids ourselves but it was a first time for the kids. The info and venue here provides lots of education and it very interesting. We particularly liked the dish moving while we were here and the kids enjoyed the two dishes out the front which you could... More 

Thank Brenda G
Narromine NSW
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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

I love Parkes telescope. It is such a fun and educational experience for kids with lots of hands on activities. Well worth the entry to the cinema experience as well considering entry to the telescope is free. Its a great viewing experience even for Littles. Well worth the visit and we will be back!

Thank Kerryn S

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