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CSIRO Parkes Observatory

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Address: 473 Telescope Road | Parkes Observatory, Parkes, New South Wales NSW 2870, Australia
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08:30 - 16:15
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 16:15

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Interesting and fun!!!

Had a great time at 'The Dish! Was thoroughly interesting! If you have time have a look at the 3D movies they have playing. I learnt so much! The whispering dishes are a laugh as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had a great time at 'The Dish! Was thoroughly interesting! If you have time have a look at the 3D movies they have playing. I learnt so much! The whispering dishes are a laugh as well. Definitely a place to stop off even if you don't have time!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

When visiting Parkes or passing through make sure to visit the dish. The only problem is the shop was larger than the display area but i suppose you need the turnover to keep open ....pity it should be funded no matter. Now the positives. Info and displays excellent. Good information well translated. The 3d movie experience had both boys of... More 

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Bendigo, Australia
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are driving through the area you should take the opportunity to drop in. Very interesting. Not sure if there was an up close guided tour but that would be nice.

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Thank Trevor S
Lithgow, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting afternoon out. The 3D cinema explains difficult concepts Ina very accessible way. Great fun. The cafe is very good but beware of the wraps; tasty but huge.

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Glenhaven, Australia
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After watching the movie The Dish the day before, I went to visit the telescope. The information centre was very interesting and the cafe and seating area outside made it easy to relax and observe the incredible Dish.

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Thank katielouisejones
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty good for a stop in. Free to look at dish and info centre. Good toilets, parking for vans, garden and cafe. Would have been good to have "The Dish" movie running!!

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Thank rubytherocket
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved our visit and even saw the dish move a couple of times.. would definitely recommend a visit and also has a great cafe!

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Orange, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited in the middle of summer so it was very hot but well air conditioned :-) My 8 and 6 yo boys had fun exploring the different exhibits with the help of the guide we purchased. For less than $10 each, the kids activity guide really enhanced our experience of the place. Cafe was good too but expensive.

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Thank Sarah H
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Great attraction on the way through. Free entry and great views of the dish. Would be a good attraction for kids with a cafe onsite. Nice gardens and a bit of room for running around outside. The gift had some cool gift choices too. Must see if in the area.

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Hoppers Crossing, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Wow - what a place ! Something you must put on your bucket list ! We had wanted to do this for many years and we weren't let down when we finally got there . The 4D half hour video show was worth every cent of the entry fee of $7.50 . We would've paid more ! The show was... More 

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