Old Government House Parramatta

Standing in 200 acres of parkland overlooking historic Parramatta, Old Government House is Australia's oldest public building. It was the country residence for the first ten governors of the colony, including Governor and Mrs Macquarie who preferred the clean air and space of rural Parramatta to the unsanitary and crime-ridden streets of Sydney Town.

The central block of the house was built in 1799 by Governor John Hunter, however the house today owes most to Governor and Mrs Macquarie. Their 1815 extensions, designed by the Governor's aide, Lieutenant John Watts, transformed the house into an elegant Palladian-style residence.

Old Government House and Domain (Parramatta Park) is one of 11 historic places that together form the Australian Convict Sites UNESCO World Heritage property.

Nearby events

  1. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 22 February 2019 to Friday 03 May 2019 , Parramatta

    Over 20 farmers and producers from the Sydney basin and regional NSW will be selling high quality, authentic local, seasonal produce directly from growers and artisan food producers. Come early and enjoy breakfast whilst you shop or…

    22 Feb - 03 May
  2. Drawing, Painting Classes for Adults

    Saturday 23 February 2019 to Saturday 30 March 2019 , Parramatta

    Do you want to learn how to draw and paint as a hobby or even take your skill to a professional level? This is a less intensive and relaxed class suitable for hobbyists and those who would like to enjoy the experience of painting in a…

    23 Feb - 30 Mar