Located in the metropolitan district of Sydney, Parramatta is both the business district of Australia’s most populous metropolis and a city in its own right. Known as the first location settled in by Europeans outside of Sydney, a number of company headquarters and government establishments are located here, meaning that it is often referred to as Sydney’s second Central Business District. Parramatta is also deemed to be one of the best places to eat out in Sydney, with almost 200 eateries serving dishes from all around the globe. Church Street, aptly dubbed Eat Street, is ideal for those looking to enjoy a spot of al-fresco dining, while lovers of Indian cuisine will be in their element at Harris Park!
The city is easily navigable, while travelling there and back is also straightforward. A spacious hatchback will make travel around Parramatta and neighbouring Sydney a breeze.
Driving in Parramatta
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Important things to note
Parramatta is conveniently located next to the M4 motorway, which leads directly to Sydney
On-street and free parking are particularly hard to come by in Parramatta. The Westfield shopping does, however, offer parking free of charge for up to three hours, while pay parking is readily available.
Traffic between Parramatta and central Sydney can be very slow during peak hours, especially on the M4.
Highlights & Hotspots
Owned by the National Trust, the Old Government House is an attraction is particularly well-suited to history enthusiasts. While none of the building’s original furnishings remain in place, it has been fully refurbished, allowing visitors the opportunity to gain an insight into what life was like in early Australia in an authentic setting.
If you’re looking for somewhere to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, The Lake Parramatta Reserve is located 2.5km north of the centre of Parramatta. The site is a haven for wildlife, inhabiting various exotic birds, mammals and reptiles. Picnic and barbecue spots are plentiful, while there are playgrounds for the children along with nature trails perfect for jogging or strolling in nature.
Whether you enjoy playing sport or prefer watching from the side line, Parramatta is a city with plenty of sporting opportunities. Head down to the Parramatta Stadium to catch the local rugby side, the Parramatta Eels in action, or enjoy a round of golf at one of the city’s three golf courses. For the kids, there’s the Parramatta Swimming Pool with its two water slides.
Just 22km (14 miles) away from Parramatta, you‚Äôll find Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. This is Sydney‚Äôs principal airport, offering a wide selection of domestic and international flights to destinations the world over.
By car, the airport is best accessed via the M5, A3 and M4 motorways and should take approximately half an hour in normal traffic.