Visit the World Heritage-listed Old Government House in Parramatta, the cultural heart of Western Sydney. Reserve your tickets for world-class performances at the Riverside Theatres, sip tea at Australia’s oldest colonial homestead, and enjoy the annual multicultural festival Parramasala.
Arts and Culture in Parramatta
From World Heritage to the Riverside Theatres and fun cultural festivals, Parramatta offers many enriching and entertaining experiences. Pop into the Parramatta Heritage and Visitors Information Centre and pick up maps and advice on historic attractions, heritage walks, shows and festivals.
The wonderful events calendar includes Parramasala, a colourful annual multicultural festival in March. Attracting tens of thousands of people, Parramasala celebrates western Sydney’s rich diversity of cultures with music, dance, theatre, film, markets, a street parade and much more.
Reserve your seats at Riverside for world-class performances by Sydney’s leading theatre and dance troupes. The performing arts centre, the World Heritage-listed sites Old Government House and Parramatta Park, and delicious ‘eat streets’ are an easy walk from the train station and ferry wharf.
Bring your bicycle and pedal to historical sites, such as Old Government House. In colonial times, Australia’s oldest public building in Parramatta Park was the country residence for the first 10 governors. Tours are available of this elegant Georgian building overlooking Parramatta River.
The 1835-built Experiment Farm Cottage and wool pioneers John and Elizabeth Macarthur’s Elizabeth Farm offer insights into early colonial life. Australia’s oldest surviving homestead is a museum on the Elizabeth Farm estate as too is a second residence, the 1824 Hambeldon Cottage.
The farm was started in 1793. The garden contains some of the earliest European plantings and the Tea Rooms are open weekends for refreshments. For military history, the NSW Lancers Memorial Museum of Australia’s oldest regiment is in heritage-listed barracks, built from 1818 to 1820.
In northern Parramatta is the beautiful bushland remnant Lake Parramatta Reserve, where you can stroll along the fascinating bush tucker walk in the Arrunga Bardo Aboriginal Bushfood Garden. There are buses from Parramatta Station or near the ferry wharf to Lake Parramatta Reserve.