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Parkes is located in the middle of New South Wales, about 265 km west of Sydney. Parkes began as a gold mining town, known as Bushmans, when gold was discovered there in 1871. The town was renamed Parkes in 1873, to commemorate a visit by the Governor Henry Parkes in the same year. The main industries for the 10,500 inhabitants of Parkes are mining and farming. Large copper and gold mines were re-opened in the 1990's injecting huge amounts of capital into the local communities.
The town of Parkes became a town of interest after the Australian movie "The Dish" was released, featuring the CSIRO's radio telescope which is located 20 km outside of Parkes.
The town of Parkes is situated on the Newell Highway, and can also be accessed by train, and a plane service out of Sydney. The town of Parkes has many places of interest including museums, which reflect the town's history of mining and farming.
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The Parkes Elvis Festival. Held in the second week of January, this is a must for Elvis fans and impersonators alike. The Elvis Festival runs for 5 big days, with over 120 events, markets, and competitions. Official Elvis merchandise is available. Rex airlines provides an air service known as the "Priscilla Plane" and those who like trains are well catered for with the "CountryLink Elvis Express" running from Sydney to Parkes. Bring along your blue suede shoes and your best rhinestone outfit!
Parkes Elvis Festival:::: http://www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au/
The Parkes Picnic Races is held on the Saturday of the June long weekend. Many former town residents, along with friends and family, return to Parkes for this big local social event. Tickets to catered tents are available, and there is also the option of self catering for those who prefer a more picnic environment. Race gates open at midday, and the actual races themselves start at about 1pm. Pack the chook, the bubbly, and your best outfit for this day out.
Parkes Picnic Races:: http://www.visitnsw.com/town/Parkes/Parkes_Picnic_Races/info.aspx
Parkes Country Music Spectacular is held over the October long weekend and features both professional and non-professional country music artists. All things country are covered including bush poetry, busking, singing, music, dancing, and of course, plenty of good ole country food and drink.
Parkes Country Music Spectacular:: http://www.visitnsw.com/town/Parkes/2PK_Parkes_Country_Music_Spectacular/info.aspx
holidays - How to Get There
The nearest Australian embassy to Parkes is in the city of Sydney, at 123 Pitt St, Sydney.
Embassy Link:: http://www.dfat.gov.au/world.html