Parramatta is one of Sydney's most historically significant suburbs, with numerous locations over a century old. It is situated in Sydney West, almost halfway between charming Rooty Hill and the bustling CBD.
History in Parramatta
Originally built in 1799 by Governor John Hunter, Parramatta's Old Government House is the oldest public building in Australia and is UNESCO World Heritage listed. It was once the residence of many Australian governors including Governor Macquarie. The original central area was extended in 1815 by the Macquaries, and is now open to tourists. History buffs can come to the massive 200 acre plot of land every day except Mondays to see the classic furnishings and colourful design, before stopping for a souvenir in the on-site gift shop or a bite to eat at the restaurant. Ghost tours are also available for those who dare.
To see animals and hide away in a secluded paradise visit the Lake Parramatta Reserve. This splendid lake sits on 60 hectares of beautiful land, home to over 60 species of bird, 12 species of reptile, and 13 species of mammal. The park is widely considered as one of the most significant bush areas of Sydney West and offers guests walks, picnic spots and historical remnants of the Aboriginal people who once resided here.
An easy six-minute drive from central Parramatta is Elizabeth Farm, a hands-on museum that features no barriers, no off-limits areas and loads of items to see and touch. The farmhouse cottage itself was originally built in 1793 and extended slowly over a period of years. It has stood through numerous major historical events, such as the Castle Hill Convict Rebellion, and now has a reconstructed 1830s garden for you to bring your children to and freely explore.
Accommodation in Parramatta
If you're travelling on a budget, consider the affordable Accor hotel, the ibis Budget Wentworthville, just 10 minutes from the Parramatta centre. The great prices start from around $60, and rooms include air conditioning and your choice of bed size.
A short 11-minute walk from the Parramatta ferry wharf is the luxurious Novotel Sydney Parramatta. Here you have a choice of 193 rooms, each with air conditioning and a Jacuzzi, as well as the chance to take a dip in the relaxing outdoor heated swimming pool. Two Forks Restaurant and Bar is also on-site to cater for your lunch, dinner or that sneaky evening drink.
For a budget that suits somewhere in between, book into the Mercure Sydney Parramatta for a comfortable, yet still affordable, Parramatta hotel. The Mercure Parramatta is only a three-minute drive from the ferry wharf and has an on-site restaurant that serves an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast, as well as 164 air conditioned rooms of varying size and conference facilities to hold up to 160 delegates.
When you want a comfortable Accor hotel within a charming suburb filled to the brim with Australian colonial history choose Parramatta as your next getaway. It will place you near the heart of Sydney West to explore its many splendours, as well as offering you plenty of options to go and see the rest of the world-famous city.