Parramatta

Australia

Photo provided by Parramatta City Council
Photo provided by Parramatta City Council

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.

Known for

Dining, Shopping and Rivers

Top hotels in Parramatta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
5 out of 5
330 Church Street, (entry via Dirrabarri Lane), Parramatta, NSW
NZ$129/night
1 Sep. - 2 Sep.
4.7/5Exceptional! (614 reviews)

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (614 reviews)

"I liked it because it had good rooms with great views and the assistance of the staff was great they always answered to your needs..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug. 2019

Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
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Fiori Apartments
3.5 out of 5
13 - 15 Hassall Street, Parramatta, NSW
NZ$89/night
8 Sep. - 9 Sep.
3.4/5Good! (1,207 reviews)

Located in the heart of Parramatta, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre and Parramatta Park. Rosehill Gardens Racecourse ...

3.4/5Good! (1,207 reviews)

"I loved how spacious and well equipped the 1 bedroom apartment is. The price is similar to a budget hotel. The excellent location near to the train station and mall/shops is a big plus. I will definitely pick Fiori again during my next trip to Sydney."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2019

Fiori Apartments
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PARKROYAL Parramatta
4.5 out of 5
30 Phillip Street, Parramatta, NSW
NZ$180/night
30 Aug. - 31 Aug.
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,000 reviews)

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,000 reviews)

"This property just feels homely, friendly staff, beautiful breakfast and great rooms!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug. 2019

PARKROYAL Parramatta

Popular activities in Parramatta

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

The bold lines of the Sydney Opera House speak more about Sydney than any other part of this cosmopolitan city of four million.

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

Locals and travelers from all over the world come to worship the sun, sand and clear blue waters of Australia’s most famous beach.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

A colossus of engineering, the Harbour Bridge brings the pieces of Sydney together, and offers you a different perspective on the city's wide-angle drama.

Circular Quay
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Circular Quay

Trains, buses and boats all make a bee-line for Circular Quay, a place at the heart of Sydney's journeying – and so should you.

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo

The bush-land Zoo-in-the-city that is home to an amazing Australian wildlife experience

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

Lying just a ferry-ride away, on the north shore of Sydney's harbour, Manly will soon have you surfing and swimming – or just watching others getting all-manly.

Top activities in Parramatta

Sydney Opera House Guided Tour
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Sydney Opera House Guided Tour

NZ$44

Discover the history and magic of the world-renowned Sydney Opera House with this Guided Tour that takes you beneath the world-famous sails. Go behind the scenes and hear the controversial story of the building's construction, as emotional and dramatic as any opera plot.

Sydney Tower Buffet Lunch or Dinner
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Sydney Tower Buffet Lunch or Dinner

NZ$63

Treat yourself to a feast for the eyes, mouth, and stomach with admission to the unforgettable buffet at the iconic Sydney Tower. Dine on a selection of more than 60 dishes ranging in style from Australian to Italian to Thai while basking in 360-degree views of the city as the restaurant revolves.

Sydney City Highlights Day Tour
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Sydney City Highlights Day Tour

NZ$105

Explore all of Sydney's famous sights in 1 day! From the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the famous Bondi Beach and bustling Kings Cross. Your guide will show you the highlights around every corner! You'll be picked up from your hotel and head north towards Manly, crossing over the incredible Sydney Harbour Bridge.

BridgeClimb Experience at Sydney Harbour Bridge
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BridgeClimb Experience at Sydney Harbour Bridge

NZ$241

Climb to the arched peak of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for unforgettable panoramic views of the city skyline and harbor. With a professional climber to lead the way, scale catwalks and ladders to reach the 440-foot (134-m) top and soak up bird's-eye views of the Sydney Opera House and beyond.

Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
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Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

NZ$45

See all that Sydney has to offer with the convenience of a single pass that lets you choose between 2 or 3 of the Harbour City's most popular and well-loved attractions. Start with admission to the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and then choose other attractions to enjoy on your own schedule.

Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

NZ$47

Discover the streets of Sydney and the sandy shores of Bondi Beach as you cruise around town on an open-air, double-decker bus. Experience all the excitement of Australia's famous harbour city, hopping on and off at more than 30 stops near great attractions.