Parramatta Arts and culture


World heritage site at Parramatta

Parramatta offers a fascinating insight into early colonial life in Australia. Don’t miss a visit to Old Government House, now one of 11 Australian Convict Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

  • Hambledon Cottage, Parramatta
  • Old Government House, Parramatta

Arts and Culture in Parramatta

Parramatta stands on the site of a former colonial retreat in Sydney's west and is a city of elegant parks and culturally significant historical sites.

Be sure to visit Old Government House, the elegant country residence of Governor Macquarie. This stunning example of Georgian architecture overlooks lush parklands and the Parramatta River.

Go for walk along the foreshore of Lake Parramatta, and discover traces of the Burramattagal Aboriginal people's inhabitation of the land. Be sure to look out for caves with hand-stencils traced on to the walls.

Enjoy a picnic lunch under the jacarandas in one of the lakeside gazebos before embarking on the forty-five minute Harris Park Heritage Walk which takes you past many historical homes, now museums.

Be sure to visit the Experiment Farm Cottage and Hambledon Cottage, former colonial residences that can be found on nearby Elizabeth Farm.