In April, holidaymakers hit pause on their plans to help stop the spread of COVID-19. With restrictions now easing on travel within New South Wales and school holidays fast approaching, it's time to press play on an adventure to the Parkes region.

While a number of tourism operators are still on the road to re-opening, the popular CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope and Henry Parkes Centre museums will re-open to the public on Saturday 4 July - just in time for the school holidays.

Holidaymakers are encouraged to connect with the Parkes Visitor Information Centre on 02 6862 6000, who can help you to plan you school holiday adventure to the Parkes Shire and provide you with the latest updates for the region.

"With restrictions still in place for intra-state and international travel, you've practically got the whole of NSW to yourselves - so, there's no better time to take the regional road trip you've always dreamed of," said Cr Ken Keith OAM, Mayor of Parkes Shire.

"The Parkes Shire is the perfect destination to reconnect with loved ones and have a memorable and safe regional adventure. Explore the wide-open spaces, iconic attractions, quirky experiences, engaging play areas and the fabulous local eateries and shopping outlets."

"Ahead of the July school holidays, we've put together a jam-packed itinerary, full of free and fun activities to keep the whole family entertained in Parkes Shire."

Download the Press Play itinerary from the Visit Parkes website to take advantage of the school holiday special offers,

Holidaymakers can also go in the draw to WIN a $500 Shop Parkes Gift Card, by simply signing up to the Visit Parkes What's On e-News. Shop Parkes Gift Cards can be spent on a range of local products and services including accommodation, dining and retail outlets. Winner will be drawn on Tuesday 30 June 2020. Head to the home page to subscribe.


We welcome you to safely explore the Parkes Region practicing good hygiene and social distancing to reduce this risk of spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.

The Visitor Information Centre, local tourist attractions and hospitality outlets are heeding the Government's directives and risk mitigation strategies to ensure the safety of our community as well as visitors.

You too can help when visiting by:

 Staying home if you are sick
 Vigorously clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
 Covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
 Practice social distancing by avoiding handshaking
 Avoid leaning on service counters and use online/contactless payment options where possible.

For the latest health alerts and information relating to COVID-19 visit