Self-Guided Tour

Self-Guided Tour

17julAll Day03augSelf-Guided TourLocations featured in 'The Dish'(All Day)(GMT+00:00)

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Self-Guided Tour of ‘The Dish’ Locations

Take a drive or a stroll around Parkes to explore locations featured in the movie “The Dish.”


The Dish

20km north of Parkes, a short 5km detour off the Newell Highway.

The CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, star of the movie ‘The Dish,’ (2000) is one of Australia’s most prominent landmarks and a must-see attraction on every driving holiday through inland NSW. As portrayed in the movie, the giant dish stands impressively over surrounding farmlands – a sophisticated piece of scientific equipment ironically in the middle of sheep paddocks!  Located 20km north of Parkes, The Dish is a short 5km detour off the Newell Highway. The Centre features many displays, a 3D theatre, as well as hands on exhibits.


Dwyer’s Butcher

216 Clarinda Street, Parkes 

In 2003, Dwyer’s Butchery was bought by Food Service Central, that also changed the name to Dwyer’s Fresh. Due to this change, Dwyer’s Fresh became much more popular and busier. In 2014, PFD Foods bought Food Service Central. From this drastic change, Dwyer’s were kept on their feet, with supplying wholesale meat throughout the state. Dwyer’s Fresh found it impossible to maintain both areas of the business that had been operating for over 70 years, so they closed their doors. Although they ceased their retail operation, they continue to wholesale. To this day, Dwyer’s Fresh work hard providing for clubs, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, bakeries, sporting clubs and major events.


Johnson’s Bakery

27 Welcome Street, Parkes

Johnson’s Bakery was first established in 1933, which makes it 86 years old. The store is still operating strong and offers a huge range to choose from including pies, sausage rolls, fresh sandwiches, cakes, slices and even birthday cakes. Johnson’s Bakery have a unique design on their custard tarts which they provide during the Elvis Weekend.


Parkes Hotel

1 Welcome Street, Parkes 



Forbes locations

Angelsey House 44 Templar Street, Forbes
Ambulance Station Corner Lachlan and Court Streets, Forbes (northern side of Court Street, opposite Post Office, this is a rundown building)
Post Office Corner Lachlan and Court Streets, Forbes (southern side of Court Street)
Town Hall 2 Court Street (corner Court and Harold Streets), Forbes
Fountain in Victoria Park Harold, Court Streets, Victoria Lane, Newell Highway, Forbes
Post Office Hotel 117 Lachlan Street, Forbes
Victoria Hotel 104 Lachlan Street (now Ray White), Forbes
Vandenberg Hotel 7 Court Street, Forbes
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church 11 Harold Street (next to Council/Town Hall/Council Chambers), Forbes
Mercedes House 16 Johnson Street, Forbes





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July 17 (Wednesday) - August 3 (Saturday)(GMT+00:00)