More on Parkes
The history of Parkes goes back to 1853, when a settlement was established here. Due to the abundance of the kurrajong trees, it was called Currajong. Since then, it has undergone name change twice, to Bushmans’s and finally to Parkes in 1873. The present name was given in honor of Sir Henry Parkes, who was the lead player in forming Australia as a federated country.
Parkes became a major mining site after gold was found here in the 1870s. That led to a gold rush that saw its population rising rapidly. Although the gold rush is now over, the town is still a mining site and base for a number of mining companies. Farming is also a major component of the local economy, centering on wheat and wool production.
Sydney, take Metroad 4 heading west, and continue on National Route A32 until Orange. Then take the State Route 90 continuing west until you reach Parkes.
Sights & Attractions to visit in Parkes
- Goobang National Park
National park in New South Wales about 296 km northwest of Sydney. It protects the largest remnant forest and woodland of the central west region.
- Parkes Observatory
Radio telescope observatory located 20 km north of Parkes.