THINGS TO DO IN PARRAMATTA
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS AND BUSINESSES
Rosehill Gardens is the home of racing in Sydney’s west and one of the premier racecourses in the country. With world-class racing, top-tier entertainment and beautiful grounds it’s the place to be seen.
Home to the world’s richest race for two-year-olds, the $3.5million Longines Golden Slipper, Rosehill Gardens attracts the racing’s finest.
You will spot many fashionista’s showcasing their racing style! Immaculate gardens surround a specialist track with sweeping turns that is one of Australia’s most picturesque.
Hambledon Cottage Museum
John Macarthur built Hambledon Cottage in 1824 as a second house on his Elizabeth Farm Estate. Its early occupants included General Sir Edward Macarthur, Archdeacon Thomas Hobbes Scott and Dr Matthew Anderson.
Hambledon Cottage is traditional Colonial Georgian built of rendered sandstock brick with Australian cedar. Some of the internal walls and ceilings are made of lath and plaster. One of the bedrooms boasts its original ironbark floor. The kitchen has a domed brick oven and open fireplace.
Hambledon Cottage is furnished in the style of the mid-1800s showing visitors what life was like for those well to do in those times. Hambledon Cottage is a feature of the Harris Park Heritage Walk. The walk begins at Parramatta Wharf and loops around the heritage properties and takes about 45 minutes. WEBSITE
Parramatta Park is World Heritage Listed and is worth a trip out to Parramatta if you are visiting Sydney. The Park evolved from colonists and convicts who successfully grew their own food. Apart from the vast amount of nature reserve there are two playgrounds where children can enjoy the fun in a sealed off-road area.
There is a large formal rose garden beside the Macquarie Street entrance, which contains rare heritage roses.
History lovers are encouraged to take the curator's tour of the convict built, 18th century dairy building.
Parramatta Park also holds Sydney’s newest outdoor performance venue known as The Crescent.
Lake Parramatta Reserve
Lake Parramatta Reserve is a 73 hectare bush and parkland reserve just 2km from the CBD. It is the largest and most beautiful bushland remnant surviving in the Parramatta Local Government Area. Lake Parramatta is open for public swimming (designated area) and water recreation activities (non-motorised boats).
There is evidence of regular usage and occupation by the Aboriginal Burramattagal clan within Lake Parramatta Reserve and Hunts Creek. It exists in the form of shelter caves, hand-stencils, stone flaking, tree scars and midden deposits. Visitors can view these historical items by attending a Bushfoods Garden and Walk.
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Elizabeth Farm commenced in 1793 and contains the oldest surviving European building in Australia.
This historical colonial homestead was once home to Elizabeth and John Macarthur, pioneers of the Australian wool industry.
Visitors can make themselves at home in this living museum because there are no inhibiting room barriers, allowing people to wander freely through the house, sit at a table, browse through family letters and newspapers, and spend time on the verandas or snuggle up before an open fire in the winter.
The Tea Rooms are situated in a recreated 1830s garden and are open on Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 3pm for light meals and refreshments.
Riverside Theatre Parramatta
Riverside Theatres are located on the banks of the Parramatta River in Church Street Restaurant precinct making dining before a show very convenient.
There are three venues under the one roof. The Rafferty’s Theatre, seats 88. The Lennox Theatre seats 213 people. The Riverside Theatre, 761 patrons with comfortable, plush seating in a conventional proscenium arch stage with orchestra pit and fly tower.
Larger scale productions including international acts are often seen on the Riverside stage including Shakespeare, comedy, drama, ballet, contemporary dance and musicals.
Old Government House Parramatta
Old Government House Parramatta is Australia's oldest public building surrounded by 200 acres of Parkland
It has been the 'country' residence of 12 early governors of the colony, including Governor and Mrs Macquarie who preferred the clean air and space of rural Parramatta!
The central block of the house was built in 1799 by Governor John Hunter. In 1815 Governor and Mrs Macquarie 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.
NSW Lancers Memorial Museum
Lancer Barracks were built in Parramatta, between 1818 and 1820 to house the British troops who garrisoned the then colony of New South Wales. Governor, Lachlan Macquarie wanted to ensure the infrastructure would last for a future nation, and still stands today.
Lancer Barracks were occupied by the New South Wales Lancers, becoming an integral part of Australia's Military history, and the history of the Parramatta Community.
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