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CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility – The Parkes Radio Telescope Observatory

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by JP Kyle (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia. I have a blog on Tumblr where I write articles and review books
Published August 8th 2014

My partner has an interest in astronomy, so when we drove to Queensland for a family event, he requested on the way back we stop by Parkes to check out The Dish. I figured it would nice and scenic with only a few people, however the Parkes Radio Telescope Observatory is a popular tourist attraction, according the Parkes Radio Telescope Observatory website, the Dish receives over 100,000 visitors a year.

Features:
Inside theatre showing NASA documentaries
Gift-shop, which has interactive puzzles and games
Acceptable public toilets
The Bowen Room, which is a gallery of space themed photography

Then there's the Dish itself, it's situated outside with plenty of grassy areas to walk around with children or dogs, and the visitor centre announces when the technicians are going to move the Dish so people can take photos. While people are welcome to bring food and eat at the outdoor facilities provided, however there is also a café available.


Overall, an enjoyable stop that enables learning and exploration
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Why? To Explore Deep Space!
When: Open 7 days a week (including public holidays) 8.30am to 4.15pm
Phone: Telephone: 61 2 6861 1700 Fax: 61 2 6861 1730
Where: 585 Telescope Road Parkes NSW 2870 Australia
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