Tourist Drives & Walking Trails

Explore the Parkes Shire and beyond with a range of self drive touring experiences including, The Central NSW Discovery Trails, The Modern Mining Trail, The Gold Trails and the Bogan Link Tourist Drive.

The Bogan Way Tourist Drive

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.

Public Art Trail

Wander the Parkes CBD and marvel at the public art installations representing the region’s local culture and icons. Or take a drive and explore the Parkes Shire townships which also feature public art installations.

Local artists have been commissioned by Parkes Shire Council to provide the works in the Parkes CBD which all reflect elements of Parkes’ character through sculptures and murals covering themes of history, astronomy, pop culture, literacy, agriculture and indigenous heritage which depict the essence of these thriving country communities.

Installations have now been added to Peak Hill, Trundle, Tullamore and Bogan Gate extending the trail across the Parkes Shire.

Self Guided Tour - Locations featured in 'The Dish' movie

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.

The Gold Trails

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

Unearth Central NSW

Self-discover a region which features a staggering 1130 natural and culturally significant sites.   Travellers can now access itineraries, maps, places to stay, events, interesting facts and booking information from the Visit Central NSW website.