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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 AU$113 per night from 17 Dec. to 18 Dec.

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! (987 reviews)

"It’s nice and close to the shop’s after what I had to d! As well saves me have to go back home after dark on my own!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

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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$148 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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! (871 reviews)

"Room spacious and good design. Windows and natural light, good amenities."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
Holiday Inn Parramatta
Holiday Inn Parramatta
4 out of 5
18-40 Anderson Street, Parramatta, NSW
The price is AU$82 per night from 3 Dec. to 4 Dec.

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)

"Absolutely beautiful staff. Clean and comfortable rooms!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep. 2020

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Novotel Sydney Parramatta
Novotel Sydney Parramatta
4 out of 5
350 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW
The price is AU$123 per night from 1 Dec. to 2 Dec.

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! (990 reviews)

"It was a good location to Bankwest Stadium to watch the footy."…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2020

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Mantra Parramatta
Mantra Parramatta
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Parkes St And Valentine Av, Parramatta, NSW
The price is AU$129 per night from 4 Dec. to 5 Dec.

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! (2,007 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 12 Sep. 2020

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Marsden Hotel Parramatta
Marsden Hotel Parramatta
4 out of 5
100 Marsden St, Parramatta, NSW
The price is AU$134 per night from 4 Dec. to 5 Dec.

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! (249 reviews)

"Great small hotel! Clean, great decor and very modern. Staff are really friendly and helpful. Vera was amazing at helping me check in for my stay. Only small disappointment was there was no bed side lamp which most hotels have so had to keep the lights on and then get up to turn off the lights. Besides ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2020

Marsden Hotel Parramatta
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