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Parramatta
Sydney

Parramatta showing general coastal views and a city

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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Holiday Inn Parramatta, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Parramatta, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
18-40 Anderson Street, Parramatta, NSW
The price is AU$106 per night from 23 Jun. to 23 Jun.
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! (984 reviews)
"Close to public transport which we utilized. Hotel is looking a little tired and mattresses needs to be replaced. Room was clean."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Holiday Inn Parramatta, an IHG Hotel
PARKROYAL Parramatta
PARKROYAL Parramatta
4.5 out of 5
30 Phillip Street, Parramatta, NSW
The price is AU$150 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
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! (951 reviews)
"Close to BankWest Stadium & Westfield."

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

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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 AU$136 per night from 4 Jul. to 4 Jul.
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! (912 reviews)
"It’s all right! Balcony needs a clean up"

Reviewed on 26 Apr. 2021

Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
Mantra Parramatta
Mantra Parramatta
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Parkes St And Valentine Av, Parramatta, NSW
The price is AU$119 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
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! (1,987 reviews)
"Proximity to town centre and railway station and restaurants"

Reviewed on 3 Apr. 2021

Mantra Parramatta
Novotel Sydney Parramatta
Novotel Sydney Parramatta
4 out of 5
350 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW
The price is AU$119 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Located in Parramatta, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bankwest Stadium and Parramatta Park. University of Western Sydney Parramatta Campus ...
3.8/5Good! (975 reviews)
"Novotel is located in a great location, but the buffet breakfast was very cold."

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

Novotel Sydney Parramatta
Holiday Inn & Suites Parramatta Marsden Street, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn & Suites Parramatta Marsden Street, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Marsden St, Parramatta, NSW
The price is AU$127 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Located in Parramatta, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre and Parramatta Park. Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and University ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (267 reviews)
"very nice and modern. comfy bed!"

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

Holiday Inn & Suites Parramatta Marsden Street, an IHG Hotel
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