Parramatta, to the west of Sydney, is a city of elegant parks and important heritage sites with a vibrant multicultural population. You'll find cuisines from around the globe and a busy arts scene with a major entertainment centre and several artists' studios.
The original custodians of the Parramatta area are the Burramuttagal people of the Dharug tribe. This is where Parramatta gets its name from. Established in November 1788, Parramatta supplied inital food for the fledgling colony and succeeded to grow crops along the fertile lands of the upper Parramatta River. Parramatta has some beautiful examples of early colonial architecture.
Visit historic sites, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage-listed, such as Old Government House and Parramatta Park. Elizabeth Farm , Hambledon Cottage, Experiment Farm Cottage and the Dairy and Ranger's Cottages are some of the must see destinations. Enjoy a picnic, bush walk or swim at beautiful Lake Parramatta.
Parramatta is easily accessed by a 50 minute River Express ferry that departs from Circular Quay or by train.
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