Parramatta Park and Old Government House are a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site. As significant as that is, it is also an ideal place to just relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings on a sunny day.
This beautiful 260 acre domain was established as a park all the way back in 1858. It has a rich history with evidence of Aboriginals living in the area as far back as 20,000 years ago. In 1799 the first portion of Old Government House was built for Governor John Hunter. It served as the country residence for 10 Governors over a period of 70 years. In 1821 the house was expanded into a large Palladian style home by then Governor Macquarie and his wife. Old Government House in Parramatta Park is the oldest public building still standing in all of Australia. Guided tours of the inside are available Tuesday through Sunday.
Many other historical sites and monuments adorn this beautiful park; each with an interesting story to tell. They include the 1870 Park Gatehouses, the Bath House that was finished in 1823 as a place for the Governor to soothe his war wounds in a warm bath, the Boer War Memorial and cannon (1904), the Lady FitzRoy Memorial, Memorial to William (Billy) E. Hart, The Observatory Transit Stones, and The Dairy Cottage and sunken milk room (c1805). You can view a printable guide to Parramatta Park Monuments and Sites which tells you lots more about them and includes a map for a self-guided walking tour.
The park is a popular venue for community events and music festivals. Some notable events include Australia Day celebrations and Sydney Symphony in Parramatta Park.
Other amenities in the park include BBQ and picnic facilities, playgrounds, sports fields and a cafe. There is also a gift shop and a restaurant located in Old Government House. This is a great place for a day trip when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Parramatta ParkFee: No, except for entry into Old Government House
Accommodations near Parramatta Park:
|Train Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|T2 or Intercity Blue Mountains Line||Parramatta Station||15 minutes|
How to get to Parramatta Park by Train
By Train: Take the T2 or the Intercity Blue Mountains Line train from Central Station to Parramatta Station. From the Station exit onto Argyle Street and walk right (west) then go right on Pitt Street to the park entrance.
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