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ParramattaSydney

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.


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PARKROYAL Parramatta
PARKROYAL Parramatta
4.5 out of 5
30 Phillip Street, Parramatta, NSW
The price is ¥9,090 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)

"Location is good and you can access to everything. Staff are friendly but I think parking price is high a bit. It cost $25 per night"…"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2020

PARKROYAL Parramatta
Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
5 out of 5
330 Church Street, (entry via Dirrabarri Lane), Parramatta, NSW
The price is ¥9,163 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

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

4.6/5Exceptional! (888 reviews)

"Central location,walking distance to everything . Very clean"…"

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2020

Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
Novotel Sydney Parramatta
Novotel Sydney Parramatta
4 out of 5
350 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW
The price is ¥7,636 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

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

3.9/5Good! (991 reviews)

"Very good hotel for it’s price and staff are professional, you have many options to choose from for breakfast.I’ll definitely go back"…"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2020

Novotel Sydney Parramatta
Holiday Inn Parramatta
Holiday Inn Parramatta
4 out of 5
18-40 Anderson Street, Parramatta, NSW
The price is ¥7,193 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Located in Parramatta, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre and Parramatta Park. Bankwest Stadium and Sydney Speedway are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (995 reviews)

"It was close to everything, the hotel was very clean, and staff are well prepared, we were very very happy with the service, and the price of the hotel. I’ve often stayed with the Holiday inn group, and not just in Australia, they are a good company, that offers good value for money without losing ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2020

Holiday Inn Parramatta
SKYE Hotel Suites Parramatta
SKYE Hotel Suites Parramatta
5 out of 5
30 Hunter Street, Parramatta, NSW
The price is ¥9,982 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

Located in Parramatta, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre and Parramatta Park. Bankwest Stadium and Rosehill ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (629 reviews)

"The property close to dinning and shopping. The elevator key was troublesome and frequently did not register."…"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2020

SKYE Hotel Suites Parramatta
Mantra Parramatta
Mantra Parramatta
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Parkes St And Valentine Av, Parramatta, NSW
The price is ¥7,927 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Located in Parramatta, this luxury aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre, Parramatta Park, and Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,008 reviews)

"Easy check in and late check out. Upgraded room and nice view"…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2020

Mantra Parramatta
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