CSIRO Radio Telescope Observatory (The Dish) & Visitors Centre, Parkes
Like most Australians who have seen the 2000 movie ‘The Dish’, the CSIRO Parkes Observatory had been on the bucket list to visit since.
In operation since 1961, the 64-metre wide radio telescope is one of the largest single-dish telescopes in the southern hemisphere and still continues to operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Parkes Observatory (or The Dish as its fondly known) is located just outside the central-west NSW town of Parkes, and played a big part in broadcasting the first images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the Moon in 1969.
Entry to the grounds are free, with plenty of displays in the astronomy and space science exhibition for kids to interact and engage in. We didn’t have a lot of time to see the 3D film, but have heard its defiantly worth seeing if you have the time.
There is a great cafe also serving meals, coffee, snacks and ice creams, picnic tables, toilets plus a souvenir shop fully stocked with science themed gifts.