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Welcome to the CSIRO Parkes Dish Shop.

The Parkes Dish Shop offers a variety of good quality astronomy and space science educational resources and souvenirs. Our online shop provides access to our most useful educational resources and top selling products. These products are hand selected by the staff of the Parkes radio telescope and are always excellent quality. 

Visit the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope Visitors Centre.

The Dish - Star of the movie ‘The Dish’, is one of Australia’s most prominent landmarks and a must-see attraction on every driving holiday through inland New South Wales.

The 64 metre wide dish stands impressively over surrounding farmlands – a sophisticated piece of scientific equipment ironically in the middle of sheep paddocks! Located 20km north of Parkes and just a short 5km detour off the Newell Highway.

Built virtually in the shadow of The Dish, the Visitor Discovery Centre is where visitors can explore the world of astronomy and discover the role The Dish plays in ‘listening to the stars’.

Visitors can help astronomers exploring the universe by turning off mobile phones and wi-fi devices or placing them in flight/airport mode. This reduces ‘radio frequency interference’ and greatly improves the ability of the scientists to capture tiny radio signals coming from distant stars and galaxies.

The Centre features many displays, hands on exhibits and a 3D theatre featuring programs on space and astronomy .The Dish Shop features a range of astronomy and space science books, DVDs, science toys and souvenirs. Whilst entry to the Visitor Discovery Centre is free there is a charge to view the 3D theatre.

Enjoy a coffee stop or a meal at the award winning Dish Café onsite, or make use of the free BBQ and picnic facilities.

Both the café (6862 1566) and visitor centre (6861 1777) are open from 8:30am to 4:15pm every day except Christmas and Bowing Day.  (Extended opening hours during NSW school holidays).

We look forward to your visit at both our centre in person and our online Dish Shop.


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