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Parkes, home of the Parkes Observatory that assisted NASA on its several scientific missions is the fascinating town that lies within the state of New South Wales, Australia. Book a car rental in the area that was established sometime in 1893. An old town with so many surprises, there's a couple of big events on the Parkes social calendar. The Parkes Elvis festival runs for 5 days in January, and draws blue-suede shoed impersonators from near and far. You can catch the Elvis Express train from Sydney to Parkes, and let carhire.com.au sort you out with a vehicle on arrival. There's a harness racing event of Australia day too.
Parkes is a 4 hour 30 minute drive inland from Sydney, but has its own airport. Flying is a good option, with 18 direct one hour flights to and from Sydney each week. Fly in, and pick up your hire car in Parkes to explore the central west of New South Wales.
Just 20 kms north of Parkes, you'll find the CSIRO Parkes Observatory world famous dish. This structure, 64 metres in diameter was the first fully steerable large antenna in the Southern Hemisphere. It's a world leading scientific instrument that is still in operation 24 hours a day. It has an interesting visitors centre with a 3D theater and cafe. It was also the subject for the 2000 movie starring Sam Neill, a great Aussie story about the role of the dish in the moon landings broadcasts.