Parramatta is a rich hub of food, culture and fascinating colonial history. Visit a film festival, enjoy the vibrant nightlife or explore world heritage sites in the cradle of Sydney’s past. Parramatta has something for everyone.

  • Eat Street Nights, Parramatta
  • Rivercat, Parramatta

About Parramatta

Parramatta is the historic heart of Sydney’s west, a dynamic city that features beautiful parks and colonial sites as well as world-class food, arts and entertainment.

As the second largest CBD in Sydney, you can enjoy a day’s shopping, immerse yourself in the busy arts scene or explore the city’s fascinating past.

A scenic route to Parramatta is by Rivercat from Circular Quay, near the Sydney Opera House. You’ll glide under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and down the estuary of the Parramatta River. From there you can walk or cycle along the Parramatta River foreshore to Parramatta Park, or have a swim, picnic or bushwalk at Lake Parramatta Reserve.

Parramatta’s ‘Eat Streets’ offer a thriving choice of international restaurants from Greek, Italian and Lebanese to Cuban or Japanese. World-class chef Jamie Oliver brings rustic Italian fare to the table with Jamie’s Italian Trattoria, while foodie faves such as the Bourke Street Bakery and The Emporium have also made Parramatta their new home. The city’s multicultural mix is also celebrated with Parramasala – an annual gala of parades, parties, exotic bazaars and food stalls.

Sports fans can catch a game at Parramatta Stadium, one of Australia’s most iconic venues and home to the Parramatta Eels, Western Sydney Wanderers and Greater Western Sydney Rams. Have a flutter at Rosehill Gardens racecourse, home to the prestigious Golden Slipper and autumn racing carnival, or catch V8 and speedway action at Sydney Valvoline Raceway.

Meanwhile the city’s fascinating past is never far away. Parramatta is home to some major historic sites, including the Old Government House, built in 1799, Experiment Farm cottage, the site of the first land grant, and the rustic Hambledon Cottage on the Elizabeth Farm Estate, home to Australia's first pastoralists, John and Elizabeth Macarthur. The parks and gardens at Parramatta Park, originally convict farming grounds, are now the perfect place to picnic.

  • Jamies Trattoria, Parramatta

    Food and Wine

    Parramatta’s ‘Eat Streets’ provide the perfect place to indulge an assault on the appetite. Choose from Singaporean chilli crab, Indian samosas, Lebanese banquets, Greek, Italian and Japanese - not to mention a restaurant from world-class chef Jamie Oliver.

  • Parramasala, Parramatta


    Immerse yourself in an expansive variety of arts and culture. Film and writers festivals, art exhibits and creative workshops are on high rotation. Parramatta also enjoys a reputation for an eclectic mix of cultures, highlighted in its colourful Parramasala Festival.

  • Old Government House, Parramatta


    Wander the historic grounds of Experiment Farm, Old Government House and Parramatta Park. Step straight back into Australia’s fascinating convict past; the Parramatta Heritage Centre also provides a great insight into the city’s colourful heritage.


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