The 10 Best Things to Do in Parramatta, Australia

February 14, 2018 Myesha Cogley

Discover the best top things to do in Parramatta, Australia including Parramatta Park, Lake Parramatta Reserve, Old Government House, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Parramatta Visitor Information Centre, Westfield Parramatta, Female Orphan School and Margaret Whitlam Galleries, St Patrick's Cathedral, Sydney Speedway, Hambledon Cottage.
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1. Parramatta Park

Macquarie St, Parramatta, New South Wales 2150, Australia +61 2 9895 7500
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4.5 based on 196 reviews

Parramatta Park

Reviewed By Dimitris L - Sydney, Australia

Parramatta Park is one of few parks with so much history around it. It is a wonderful place to go for a walk or a run or just sit down and relax. The Old Government House is nearby as are other important sites. There are also activities for families and children.

2. Lake Parramatta Reserve

Lackey Street, Parramatta, New South Wales 2150, Australia +61 2 9806 5050
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4.5 based on 176 reviews

Lake Parramatta Reserve

Reviewed By Matthew V

Good location for a picnic but better to take young kids on a short bushwalk. The path has a couple of pretty spots to stop and review the lake.

3. Old Government House

Parramatta Park, Pitt Street and Macquarie Street, Parramatta, New South Wales 2004, Australia +61 2 9635 8149
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4.5 based on 131 reviews

Old Government House

Reviewed By Dimitris L - Sydney, Australia

Old Government House is the oldest surviving public building in Australia. Built by convicts back in colonial times, around 1800, it is an impressive place indeed. Australia does not really have too many such European historical places, and so this is one of the few. It is worth visiting.

4. Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

James Ruse Drive, Rosehill, Parramatta, New South Wales 2142, Australia +61 1300 729 668
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

Rosehill Gardens is the home of the Longines Golden Slipper, encompassing world-class thoroughbred racing, top-tier entertainment and a recent $28million refurbishment, ensuring a racing venue that sets world-class standards. Just 22km west of the CBD, and close to Parramatta CBD and Sydney Olympic Park, Rosehill Gardens is home to the world’s richest race for two-year-olds, the $3.5million Longines Golden Slipper, a race rich in history that attracts racing’s finest two-year-old’s each March. Immaculate Gardens surround the specialist track with sweeping turns that make this premier racecourse one of Australia’s most picturesque. Corporates, fashion focused, racing enthusiasts and social guests can be seen taking advantage of the many entertainment options that are on offer.

Reviewed By Hubieone - Sydney, Australia

Metropolitan Racecourse but has the country feel with city service and multiple service facilities , eat drink, wager and easy parking.
Modernised and full of flair and great facilities all round especially in the members.
Finally plenty of room at the finishing post and a smile at every post for service and a great Race Day.Dont even need to bring your own Horse!

5. Parramatta Visitor Information Centre

346A Church St, Parramatta, New South Wales 2150, Australia +61 2 8839 3311
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Parramatta Visitor Information Centre

Reviewed By Rodney Y - Sydney, Australia

The information centre is on Church street across the river at Lennox bridge. It's near the restaurant precinct at the northern end of Parramatta. It's a short walk from the Rivercat ferry service along the Parramatta River foreshore but a bit further from the train station. There are lots of free brochures not only for Parramatta and surrounding districts but for Sydney City and country regions. All the brocheures are in English however. There is also a small library for local studies and ancestry materials and some exhibition space. There is a small quantity of books, artifacts etc for sale. The centre has tours available of Parramatta. Worth a visit.

6. Westfield Parramatta

159-175 Church St, Parramatta, New South Wales 2150, Australia +61 2 8892 5200
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4 based on 88 reviews

Westfield Parramatta

Reviewed By Lifes_a_mystery - Caloundra, Australia

I was pleasantly surprised. Last time I visited Westfield Parramatta at Christmas time there were so many people it was unbearable. I don't know if the demographic has changed, or something has changed about shop type, but the centre was not too crowded, and it was a pleasant experience to shop here.

7. Female Orphan School and Margaret Whitlam Galleries

Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road. Parramatta South Campus of Western Sydney University, Rydalmere, Parramatta, New South Wales 2116, Australia +61 2 9685 9312
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Female Orphan School and Margaret Whitlam Galleries

2017: Open Thursdays and Fridays, 10am - 4pm and the second Saturday of the month from 11am - 4pm (excluding public holidays and long weekends). The Female Orphan School (1813) on the Parramatta Campus of Western Sydney University is one of the most significant heritage sites in NSW. Now home to the Whitlam Institute and the Margaret Whitlam Galleries, which exhibit art and social history Exhibitions. The complex institutional history of the building is evident throughout. A unique and special place to visit and explore.

Reviewed By Bentley2012 - Sydney, Australia

We visited as part of a Probus trip exploring some sites of historical importance in Parramatta. The Female Orphan School stood out in its location, restoration, access and tour information. All 20 Probus members enjoyed this venue and most wished we could have spent much...MoreThanks for the review Bentley2012, we really enjoyed hosting your group! See you again soon for a longer visit.

8. St Patrick's Cathedral

1 Marist Pl, Parramatta, New South Wales 2150, Australia +61 2 8839 8400
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

St Patrick's Cathedral

Reviewed By AvrilN21 - New South Wales, Australia

Not at all what we were expecting! Although the outside of the building is a traditional stonework style, the interior is anything but old fashioned. All is very simple, sleek and modern and the huge extension with its sculptures and hanging crown of thorns was obviously a very expensive project. Not our style, and personally, we think the church would be better to spend money on pastoral care and the needy than grand buildings.

9. Sydney Speedway

21 Wentworth St, Granville, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia +61 2 9637 0411
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Sydney Speedway

Reviewed By Ianarelle - Sydney, Australia

It has been a long time since I last went to the speedway ( It was in Grafton a long time ago). As my youngest son is keen on cars I thought he would enjoy a night at the speedway. It was fun, lots of noise and dust. There were plenty of shady seats in the grand stand. The evening we spent there were 24 races with a good variety of different categories of vehicles. They create a family atmosphere and keep it fun for the kids. Kids under 12 free so it is great value.There is a variety of fair priced food and drinks. Unlike lots of other sporting events there was no crowd trouble and everyone left happy

10. Hambledon Cottage

63 Hassall St, Parramatta, New South Wales 2150, Australia
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Hambledon Cottage

Reviewed By Aussielins - Taree, Australia

This historic building is especially memorable because of its Gardens which contain what are reputed to be the oldest planting of non-native trees in Australia. It contains huge oak and pine trees which are spectacular. We were there when the jacaranda trees were flowering, making a spectacular display.

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