Parramatta Park and Old Government House

Parramatta Park and Old Government House are both a major World Heritage Site with a beautiful place to spend a day

Idylic beauty of Parramatta Park along the Parramatta River
Idylic beauty of Parramatta Park along the Parramatta River cc licensed photo by dicktay2000

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 and download 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.

You can view the inside of Old Government House Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm or enjoy a relaxing lunch in Lachlan's Restaurant located inside.

Nearby attractions include: Auburn Botanic Gardens and Olympic Park

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No, except for entry into Old Government House

Parramatta Park Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

Address: Pitt St &, Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia

Phone: (02) 9895 7599

Official Website: Parramatta Park

Parramatta Park Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating This enormous land mass is so big that it can fit whole Parramatta residence. It’s very nice with natural creeks and bridges.Best for photography and good to spend your day. Best in the morning as there are dews in the grass, fresh smell, all people running doing something makes your mind fresh moreover, there are birds, bats and rose garden. Plenty of things to do in this park
Nabin Jamkatel - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating Parramatta Park is a true gem nestled in the heart of Parramatta. Stepping into this picturesque oasis, you're greeted by a charming blend of history and nature. The park boasts an array of old buildings that whisper tales of bygone eras, adding a sense of enchantment to every stroll. But it's not just about the past; Parramatta Park is alive with vibrant wildlife, offering a delightful escape into nature's embrace. One of the highlights for families is undoubtedly the fantastic kids' playground. With its thrilling flying fox and various other attractions, it's a paradise for little adventurers and a joy for parents to watch their children's faces light up with excitement. And let's not forget the unexpected surprise of stumbling upon the fruit bat colony. A fascinating sight to behold, it adds an extra layer of intrigue to the park's already abundant charm. Even for seasoned visitors, it's a reminder that there's always something magical waiting to be uncovered in Parramatta Park. Overall, Parramatta Park is a testament to the harmonious coexistence of history, nature, and recreation. Whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat or an exhilarating adventure, this park offers something truly special for everyone to enjoy.
Katie Goldberg - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating Nice big park, well maintained. There are playground for kids. Nice place to have a picnic with family. Also good place for running and leisurely walking. There is also a restaurant in the park for brunch. Inside parramatta park you can find the wisteria garden which has cherry blossoms during spring.
Mitch Adrias - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Amazing park located in Parramatta! Great for daily walking, running, cycling and plenty of parking and playgrounds for kids. Amazing cafes surrounding and close to shopping malls and train station. 10/10
Iain Bryce - a month ago

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Directions

Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T2 or Intercity Blue Mountains LineParramatta Station15 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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