If traveling southwards the Parkes Observatory will have been visited. To allow a full appreciation of the observatory allow a minimum of an hour. Modern history in today’s time zone. Parke’s scientists assisted NASA for several years as a communications station. (The movie The Dish was placed on the role the telescope played during the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing.
Parke’s was originally founded in 1853 as the settlement Currajong,
Parke’s attracted significant attention during the Gold Rush of the 1870s onwards, and even to this day modern mining companies still have sites in the nearby registry.
The area is supported by gold and coppers mine, Northparkes, north of the town.