The suburb serves as the administrative seat of the City of Parramatta, and is fondly referred to as simply ‘Parra’.
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The suburb’s history can be traced back to 1788 when it was founded by the British colonialists. For this reason, it is the oldest European settlement in inland Australia. Consequently, it is a key business and commercial centre. One of the suburb’s most important centre is the iconic Westfield Parramatta.
This expansive mall is among the top ten biggest shopping centres across the country, and this explains why it is popular with shoppers looking for everything under one roof. With retail outlets, shopping stores, restaurants and cafes there is no shortage of activities to enjoy for the discerning shopper. Additionally, you may also visit the 11-screen Greater Union cinema complex for all the action on big screen. There is also the option of the three Gold Class Theatres.
For theatre lovers who want to catch up with Parra’s vibrant theatre scene, the Riverside Theatres provide an unforgettable experience. This premier performing centre hosts more than a thousand events annually, so you can be sure to find something that will pique your interest.
Explore the suburb’s greenery when you visit the tranquil Parramatta Park. This heritage-listed park is a must-visit destination as it marks the location where it became possible to grow food for self-sufficiency purposes. Today, the People’s Park is a popular family destination with two exciting playgrounds for the little ones to enjoy. Remember to take a tour of the convict built dairy structure on site.
Elizabeth Farm awaits your visit. The farm was the home of John and Elizabeth Macarthur and it captures the essence of Australia during the colonial era. Stroll the house, read old letters or enjoy the warmth at the fireplace.
Other attractions within Parramatta include Rosehill Gardens, the NSW Lancers Memorial Museum, as well as John Macarthur’s Hambeldon Cottage Museum. Wind up a tour of this suburb with a visit at the iconic Lake Parramatta Reserve for a memorable trip.
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Parramatta city is located in the heart of Western Sydney, an area filled with rich historical attractions, a diverse cultural heritage, and numerous tourist attractions. Located 24 kilometres away from Sydney’s central business district, Parramatta is the 2nd oldest European settlement in Australia.
The city was originally inhabited by Barramatugal Aboriginals, and the Europeans named it Rose Hill. Eventually, its name was changed as part of a mandate during colonial times. When the first fleet arrived from Britain, it was used for agriculture and eventually it became the primary home of free settlers and governors. Fast forward to present day, Parramatta is recognized as the second CBD of Sydney. Today, several state governments and companies have put up headquarters in the city and it only continues to grow. It’s an important economic powerhouse, home to much of Sydney’s workforce.
There are numerous historical and cultural attractions found throughout the city. The Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre is a great place to start; here, visitors can pick up maps and learn useful information about where to go and things to do. The Old Government House, built by convicts, as well as the Parramatta Park, are UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites.
For family-friendly activities, head over to the North Rocks Market, the Farmers Market, and numerous water play parks for kids. Other heritage sites worth visiting include the Elizabeth Farm, Rosehill Gardens, NSW Lancers Memorial Museum, Female Factory, St. John’s Cemetery, Hambledon Cottage, the Dairy Cottage Precinct, Experiment Farm Cottage, and the Whitlam Institute and Female Orphan School at the Western Sydney University. Exceptional theatre, movies, and events take place at the Riverside theatre.
Aside from being a site of deep historical significance, Parramatta also has a thriving food, music, and arts scene. There is a great variety of restaurants, cafes, bars, and pubs that cater to both the young and old alike.