Tours in our Region
Take in the scenery and highlights of the Parkes Region and beyond by booking into a specialised tour.
Parkes 150km, 3 day tour that is easy/moderate cycling starts at Parkes Information Centre. The cycle loop takes in Parkes, Forbes, Eugowra and back to Parkes. The beautiful ride goes through open farm land and scenic hills with stunning views. Discover Arts Culture and History of Parkes, Forbes and Eugowra.
Bring your bike or hire an E-Bike with Central West Tours.
Explore the Parkes Shire and beyond with a range of self drive touring experiences including, The Bogan Way Tourist Drive, Self-guided Tour of locations featured in 'The Dish' movie, The Gold Trails and Unearth Central NSW.
Driving on the Newell Highway or looking to head west for an alternative route? Try the Bogan Way.
Head west from Parkes to Bogan Gate and proceed north to explore the towns of Trundle, Tullamore, Albert and Tottenham before linking with the Mitchell Highway at Trangie or Nyngan.
The Bogan Way offers a great route for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the highway and get back to a leisurely way of doing things. These towns have much to offer. Often described as the real NSW, they each offer a tapestry of history, nature and diversity in the peace and quiet of the Heart of NSW.
Take a drive or a stroll around Parkes to explore locations featured in the movie 'The Dish'.
Find a list of locations to explore on the The Dish page under attractions. Extend your tour south visiting Forbes where more locations featured in the movie can be found.
Follow the Gold Trails and discover for yourself, the heritage riches underpinning the towns, villages and landscapes of NSW. Here the stories of those who won the gold and those who stole the gold, are brought to life by communities committed to conserving and sharing their heritage.
Parkes was a town that grew up amidst the gold mines that gave birth to it in the 1860s. Today a walk up Bushmans Hill in Parkes allows you to traverse this rich gold country. To the east the ranges of the Goobang National Park define the edges of the field.
To the north Peak Hill was established as a separate goldfield in the 1890s. The historic Peak Hill mine operated between 1893 and 1917 producing about 60,000 ounces from 500,000 tonnes of rock.
Alkane re-excavated for gold on the site between 1996 and 2002 retrieving 145,000 ounces gold from 4.9 million tonnes of rock. While most of the historic operations were consumed by the recent mining activity, some of the old workings have been preserved. The Open Cut Experience includes both the historic works and the more recent mines with several walking paths and viewing platforms having been constructed.
For more information on the Gold Trails, download the PDF below or visit www.goldtrails.com.au