Educational Experiences

The Parkes region offers a diverse range of educational experiences for the primary/secondary aged school excursion market.

Plan a day trip or two-three day tours with affordable, memorable, curriculum-based experiences. Parkes is easily accessible via the Newell Highway between Melbourne and Brisbane and good road links conveniently connecting Parkes with Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra.


The school curriculum comes to life with the range of attractions and points of interest in Parkes, featuring strong educational themes, including:

  • Astronomy & science
  • Pop culture
  • Motoring heritage
  • Political history
  • Agriculture and mining
  • Indigenous (Wiradjuri) culture
  • Periods of war

Overview of Experiences

Tune into the universe at the famousCSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope more affectionately known as 'The Dish'. Enjoy interactive exhibits, 3-D theatre and engaging presentation by an on-site astronomer. The Dish Café, located in the grounds can cater for large groups or pack a picnic and utilise the complimentary BBQ facilities.

Size up to Elvis at the Henry Parkes Centre and learn about our internationally renowned Parkes Elvis Festival. Rock back in time in The King's Castle Elvis Exhibit featuring genuine artefacts owned by Elvis Presley. Appreciate the impressive range of antique motor vehicles showcasing automobiles from all heritage motoring eras in the Motor Museum. Wander yesteryear in the Henry Parkes Museum highlighting traditional family history, mining and agriculture exhibits along with an impressive antique machinery and farm equipment display. Learn about Australia's political history and the significant role Sir Henry Parkes made in the development of public health and education in Australia in the immersive theatre experience in Moat Cottage, a replica of Sir Henry Parkes' birthplace in Coventry England.

Visit the site of one of Parkes' first gold mines on Bushmans Hill, which operated over 100 years ago. Bushmans Hill is an enjoyable place to take a walk, with walking tracks to the top of the hill passing by some interesting historical relics.  Take a tour of the Peak Hill Open Cut Gold Mine, just 20 minutes from Parkes featuring spectacular open cut pits and recent mine workings. Take a 5-minute walk to the viewing platform, or spend an hour or two on a guided tour exploring the walking trails and history.

Learn about the Wiradjuri culture at the Indigenous Amphitheatre. Enjoy a performance by local Wiradjuri dance group and presentation on Wiradjuri language showcasing our region's Indigenous heritage, in the newly built amphitheatre featuring traditional Indigenous Art.

Appreciate the significance of Parkes' war memorial monument The Shrine of Remembrance standing 33 metres high. Stroll the Remembrance Walk and view the Theatres of War Gardens at Memorial Hill. Stay a while and watch the sunset in the west and enjoy a 360 uninterrupted view of Parkes.

The Parkes Visitor Information Centre can assist you in planning your visit and put you in touch with attraction operators, quality motel options and catering providers. Contact us today on 02 6862 6000 or download our school excursion brochure below to find out how it all adds up in Parkes for school excursions.