Looking for a better lifestyle?

Diversity and opportunity awaits at the crossroads of a nation.

Parkes is strategically located within five hours of Sydney and three hours of Canberra. Ideally situated along the Newell Highway, Australia’s major inland touring route, where it intersects with essential rail corridors, Parkes is an accessible and appealing destination for tourism, lifestyle and business.

The Parkes Region boasts a diverse economy with strong industries including transport, mining, health care, tourism, agriculture and public administration.  With its central location Parkes allows businesses to connect with suppliers and customers quickly with over 80% of the Australian population able to be reached by road within 12 hours.

Parkes is also serviced by a regional airport with several return flights daily between Parkes and Sydney and is also accessed by daily coach and rail services to and from Sydney.

The Parkes Region is a great place to live and raise a family with affordable housing and great lifestyle, diverse employment opportunities, health services including a new hospital, quality educational facilities, a strong sporting culture and first class community facilities.  To learn more about the benefits of relocating to Parkes, visit the Relocate Parkes Region section of our website.

For more details about community facilities, education and services, visit Your Community section of our website.

For more information on the Parkes Shire economy visit the Business in Parkes Shire  section of the website.

Key Facts

Population: Parkes 12,000, Parkes Shire 15,000
Elevation: 339 metres
Shire area:  5,919sq km

Distance from Sydney             

By Road: 365km
By Air: approximately 40mins

Longitude: 148*17.4E
Latitude: 33*13.8S
Federal electorate: Riverina - Michael McCormack MP
State electorate: Orange - Philip Donato
Mayor: Cr Ken Keith OAM

Average Temperatures:

Winter minimum 6 degrees / maximum 15 degrees
Summer minimum 16 degrees / maximum  32 degrees
Average rainfall: 584mm per year
Major industries: Agriculture, Transport, Mining, Tourism

Major townships within the Parkes Shire include: