Located in Central NSW on the major inland motoring corridor, the Newell Highway, Parkes is a thriving commercial centre offering quality accommodation, unique attractions and quirky events.
Parkes is home to the national icon, 'The Dish' and has become more recently known as the 'Elvis Capital of Australia' with the Parkes Elvis Festival attracting around 20,000 visitors annually.
The Parkes area remained relatively unsettled until 1862 when the discovery of gold led to a hastily erected ‘canvas’ town known as “Currajong”. There was a further discovery of gold in 1871 and in 1873 the then Premier of New South Wales, Sir Henry Parkes, visited the diggings. On December 1 1873 the name of the settlement was changed to “Parkes” in honour of the great statesman.