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St Johns Cathedral


St. John's Anglican Cathedral is a rather unusual church with twin spires. The site on which the church stands has been used continuously for a house-of-worship since 1803. The foundation stone of the first church on this site was laid in 1799, during Governor King's term of office. It was the only church in the colony until 1809.

It became the church of Reverend Samuel Marsden, whom history has given the moniker 'The Flogging Parson'. This was due to his passionate detestation of sin and his conviction that Parramatta's morality could be preserved only by the most rigorous disciplinary measures.

The twin steeples were completed in 1819. The building fell into disrepair and it was found necessary to completely rebuild the church. Only the steeples and tower remain today as part of the earlier church. The north and south transepts were added in 1883 by Colonial Architect, Edmund Blackett.





187 Church Street
Parramatta, NSW, 2150

Located 0.1K from Parramatta and Surrounds

Parramatta Artists Studios


Parramatta Artists Studios is at the fore of contemporary artistic production in Sydney. Located in the centre of Parramatta's central business district, in the heart of Western Sydney, the studios offer affordable non-residential/residential studio and exhibition space to emerging and established contemporary artists, craft practitioners and creative industry professionals.

Along with an annual program of public open days, studio tours, artist talks and creative workshops, Parramatta Artists Studios also collaborates with artists to present unique and innovative arts projects including exhibitions and ephemeral public art commissions for local festivals. Parramatta Artists Studios also delivers a robust professional development program designed exclusively for artists including visiting other artist's studios, curatorial visits and artist meet-and-greets.




Level 1, 68 Macquarie Street
Parramatta, NSW, 2150

Located 0.2K from Parramatta and Surrounds

Westfield Parramatta


Westfield Parramatta services one of the largest markets in the country and benefits from the large office workforce employed in Parramatta, giving the centre separate central business district and dormitory characteristics.

The centre is a complete retail, entertainment and lifestyle destination which includes a concourse of restaurants and cafes and an 11-screen Greater Union cinema complex with three Gold Class theatres.

A retail concourse joins Westfield Parramatta to the Parramatta Transport Interchange, train station and bus interchange.






159-175 Church Street
Parramatta, NSW, 2150

Located 0.3K from Parramatta and Surrounds

NSW Lancers Memorial Museum


The museum of Australia's oldest, most decorated Regiment in the mainland's oldest (1820), heritage listed barracks. Trace the evolution of the weaponry, uniforms and equipment of the NSW Cavalry and famed Light Horse - from horses and lances through machine guns and tanks to contemporary armoured reconnaissance.

With a retired Lancer as guide, hear stories of the Regiment's ceremonial duties at home and overseas as Vice-Regal Escort, and of its active service in the Boer War, in WWI as the First Light Horse at Gallipoli and Palestine, and in WWII in New Guinea and Borneo where it mounted what is to this day Australia's largest ever tank attack at Balikpapan.

View one of Australia's best Boer War collections, including handwritten first known versions of Banjo Patterson war poems; clamber over the collection of vintage armoured vehicles, and see the world from inside a 50 ton Centurion Main Battle Tank.





Lancer Barracks,
2 Smith Street
Parramatta, NSW, 2150

Located 0.4K from Parramatta and Surrounds

Parramatta Park


World Heritage Listed Parramatta Park is a must see for visitors to Sydney.

Colonists, convict and free, were first successful in growing sufficient food to feed themselves here. The park was too attractive to be reserved for cropping for long and was used by successive Governors as respite from the stresses of running a very large open air prison. Following a determined public campaign, the area was gazetted a People's Park in 1858.

Ever since then the parklands have been Parramatta's backyard!

There are two fun playgrounds and children can ride safely on the sealed off-road area. Tucked in beside the Macquarie Street entrance is a large formal rose garden which contains a rare collection of heritage roses.

History enthusiasts will want to take the curator's tour of the convict built, 18th century dairy building. Check out the park's web site for booking information and other events and festivals.




Corner Pitt Street and Macquarie Street,
Entrance Via Pitt Street
Parramatta, NSW, 2150

Located 0.5K from Parramatta and Surrounds

Riverside Theatre Parramatta


Riverside Theatres is Western Sydney's premier performing arts centre. With over 1,000 events per year, Riverside offers something for young and old.

Located on the banks of the Parramatta River, Riverside Theatres is nestled in the midst of the Church Street Restaurant precinct.

A Bicentennial Project, Riverside Theatres opened in 1988 offering three venues under the one roof. The Rafferty's Theatre, the most intimate space seats around 100 people and suits small corporate events, seminars, stand up comedy acts, small scale productions, or even an exhibition. The Lennox Theatre is a flexible space seating approximately 220 people. The largest theatre, the Riverside Theatre, can house up to 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.




Corner Church and Market Streets
Parramatta, NSW, 2150

Located 0.6K from Parramatta and Surrounds

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Parramatta Farmers Market


Over 20 farmers and producers from the Sydney basin and regional NSW will be selling high quality, authentic local, seasonal produce directly from growers and artisan food producers.

Come early and enjoy breakfast whilst you shop or come later for lunch.

The produce on offer will change frequently and includes native foods, fruit and vegetables, nuts, fresh bread, meat, honey and cakes.


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Church Street
Parramatta, NSW, 2150

Located 0.1K from Parramatta and Surrounds

Parramatta and Surrounds: Travel Tips

Parramatta Heritage Centre and Visitor Information Centre


Parramatta Heritage and Visitors Information Centre provides a unique starting point for discovering Parramatta - the city that tells the story of Australia! The centre combines tourist information; a local research and family history library; art, history or community exhibitions; school holiday programs and education activities all under one roof.

On your visit, why not take in Parramatta: People and Place - an exhibition about the living heritage of Parramatta, featuring artefacts, artworks, oral histories, video and interactive technology. The exhibition traces the development of Parramatta through the experiences of Indigenous Australians, colonial personalities, and families of diverse cultural backgrounds who have all contributed to shaping the areas culture and landscape.

Ask the centre's friendly staff for advice on how to explore Parramatta. Choose different walking trails that will lead you to Parramatta's historic sites, parks and waterways. Staff can assist with information about accommodation, restaurants, entertainment, events and shopping.




346a Church Street
Parramatta, NSW, 2150

Located 0.6K from Parramatta and Surrounds

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