Parkes (postcode: 2600) is an inner southern suburb of the Canberra Central district of Canberra, located within the Australian Capital Territory of Australia. Located south-east of the Canberra central business district, Parkes contains the Parliamentary Triangle and many of the national monuments of Australia's capital city.
Parkes is named in honour of Sir Henry Parkes, a Federalist, legislator and one of the founders of the Australian Constitution. Streets in Parkes are named after monarchs and constitutional references.
Parkes contains many of Canberra's large institutions and contains no residential area.
As at the 2016 census, Parkes had a population of 5. At the 2011 census, it had no people, but at the 2006 census and the 2001 census censuses, there were four people and 27 people respectively living within the suburb's boundaries.
The geology of Parkes has been studied in great detail. Canberra Formation, calcareous shale is found in the lower parts. This overlies middle Silurian Camp Hill Sandstone. The sandstone unconformably overlies the early Silurian Black Mountain Sandstone and State Circle Shale. State Circle Shale is Late Llandovery in a more finely divided time scale and it has been dated to 445 à7 million years old. The State Circle Shale is composed of laminated shales and siltstone. Black Mountain Sandstone is composed of a white quartz sandstone.