Parramatta

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Discover the cultural diversity, rich heritage and scenic river parks of the second-oldest settlement in Australia, in the heart of the greater Sydney region.

Parramatta has been a place where people come together since the pioneering days of Australian settlement. Experience its exciting mix of cultures, cuisines and colonial heritage and enjoy spacious riverside parks.

The Darug people have inhabited the Parramatta area for over 40,000 years. They fished for eels in the Parramatta River. Upon arrival of Europe's First Fleet in Sydney Cove, this fertile area was chosen for the convicts colony's first farm.

Follow Parramatta's 200-year colonial history as you stroll the shady gardens of Elizabeth Farm and admire the Georgian architecture and 19th-century furniture of Hambledon Cottage. In the nearby Experiment Farm, learn about the ex-convict James Ruse, who sowed the first seeds for the crops to feed the colony.

As a modern, developing city, Parramatta also has high-rise offices and a huge shopping mall with cinema. Rugby league fans can cheer on the Parramatta Eels and football fans the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club during home games at the Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta.

Cycle, jog or play on the paths and lawns of Parramatta Park, a UNESCO heritage site that includes the historic Government House. To spot wildlife, explore the bushland at Lake Parramatta Reserve.

Every Friday, Centenary Square (formerly Church Street Mall)is home to the bustling Farmers Market. At night this main street (Church Street) lives up to its nickname “Eat Street”, when the restaurants serve up Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes for al fresco dining. For Indian curries and spice shops, head to charming Harris Park. Granville, another multicultural suburb, offers excellent Lebanese-style charcoal chicken.

Watch a performance at the Riverside Theatres or visit one of Parramatta’s eclectic food, film and seasonal festivals. A popular event is Parramatta Lanes, held each October. The pop-up festival breathes new life into otherwise quiet lanes with street performers, music and food trucks.

The most scenic way to reach Parramatta from Sydney’s CBD is the 50-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, but it is faster to go by train or bus. You can also rent a car to drive the 24 kilometres (15 miles) yourself. Once in Parramatta, jump on the free shuttle bus that circles the bustling city centre.

Top hotels in Parramatta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
5 out of 5
330 Church Street, (entry via Dirrabarri Lane), Parramatta, NSW
SG$99
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in Parramatta CBD, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside Theatres, Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre and Old Government House. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (762 reviews)

"Spacious and clean room. Pool areas very clean. Staff on desk very friendly. Poor online communication in relation to exact parking location and parking procedure. Paid extra for parking in another parking area next to Meriton until found Meriton parking. Parking once located was excellent and secure. ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb,2020

Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
Mantra Parramatta
Mantra Parramatta
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Parkes St And Valentine Av, Parramatta, NSW
SG$100
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in the heart of Parramatta, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre and Parramatta Park. Rosehill Gardens ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,933 reviews)

"I thought it was great. Buffet breakfast was good also. Close to Westfield and public transport"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb,2020

Mantra Parramatta
Novotel Sydney Parramatta
Novotel Sydney Parramatta
4 out of 5
350 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW
SG$111
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in the heart of Parramatta, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bankwest Stadium and Parramatta Park. University of Western Sydney Parramatta Campus ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,534 reviews)

"Needs maintenance - old decor is very dated and paint chips everywhere"…"

Reviewed on 1 Feb,2020

Novotel Sydney Parramatta

Popular things to do in Parramatta

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5(284 reviews)

Take in a performance or just take in the splendour of one of the world’s most famous buildings.

Circular Quay
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Circular Quay

4.5/5(304 reviews)

Under the gaze of the magnificent Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney’s transport hub is a terminal of unexpected beauty.

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

4.5/5(200 reviews)

This beach can lay reasonable claim to being the most famous expanse of golden sand on the planet, attracting visitors from Australia and all over the world.

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo

4.5/5(68 reviews)

For a wild experience combined with magnificent views over Sydney Harbour, this world-renowned zoo is a must-visit.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

4.5/5(303 reviews)

An iconic structure on a beautiful harbour with breath-taking views at any time of day or night. Climb it, walk it, photograph it or just stand back and admire it.

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

4.5/5(207 reviews)

Resplendent with golden sandy beaches, crystal blue seas perfect for swimming and surfing, and the best bars, shopping and views around. Welcome to Manly Beach.

Top activities in Parramatta

Sydney Opera House Guided Tour
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Sydney Opera House Guided Tour

92% of travellers recommend
SG$39
Per adult
Sydney Tower Buffet Lunch or Dinner
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Sydney Tower Buffet Lunch or Dinner

72% of travellers recommend
SG$56
Per adult
Sydney City Highlights Day Tour
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Sydney City Highlights Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
SG$92
Per adult
BridgeClimb Summit at Sydney Harbour Bridge
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BridgeClimb Summit at Sydney Harbour Bridge

98% of travellers recommend
SG$250
Per adult
Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
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Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

84% of travellers recommend
SG$51
Per adult
Shark Bait
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Shark Bait

SG$12
Per adult