Parramatta Park and Old Government House are a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site. As significant a 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.
Parramatta 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 feel like a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Cost: Free except for tours of Old Government House.
See official website below for more information on tours.
Hours: Government House Tours run Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm
Websites: Parramatta Park and Old Government House
Address: Just west of the intersection of Harbour and Liverpool Streets, Sydney
Nearby attractions: Auburn Botanic Gardens and Olympic Park
|Getting There on Transit|
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By Train: Take the North Shore and Western train or the Blue Mountains 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 (15 minutes).
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