Hospitality with heart: IHG teams up with OzHarvest to help Australians in need
IHG® has announced a national partnership with OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity, propelling the company forward in its war on waste in bigger, bolder ways. By supporting OzHarvest’s Food Rescue program, IHG will prevent good food from hotels going to waste and using it to feed hungry Australians via a network of charities across Australia. The initiative minimises food waste and provides high quality, nutritious meals to those in need, and dramatically reduces the negative impact on the environment by lightening the load on landfill.
Parramatta Row Boats
Located on the shores of Lake Parramatta, row boats line the bank against a picturesque Parramatta Park. A quiet retreat with the family only minutes from the bustling centre of Parramatta CBD, Parramatta Rowboats offer Rowboats, Pedal Boats, Canoes, Kayaks and Stand Up Boards hire for family and singles alike. This equipment can be hired on the beautiful lake which friends & family can enjoy the clean and calm reservoir without the worry of rough water and tides/current making it very easy to pedal or row your way to a fun experience. A family favourite are the pedal boats which can hold up to 2 adults and 2 children with no experience needed! Lake Parramatta Reserve is open every day of the year. The main entrance is accessed from Lackey Street off Bourke Street in North Parramatta, with entry gates opening at 6.30am and closing at 5.30pm (7.30pm during daylight saving). Public transport is available via Bus609 (nearest stop on Bourke Street. To plan your trip visit www.transportnsw.info or call 131 500.
The Sydney Olympic Park, home to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games has lived on through the years and has become a thriving entertainment and business district in the west of Sydney.
The complex hosts anything from sports to concerts to the annual Royal Sydney Easter Show. During sporting seasons, the Park is a popular venue for state, national and even international sporting events, particularly basketball, rugby, soccer. If your sporting interests extend past rugby and soccer, the Sydney Olympic Park also hosts BMX, archery, indoor handle and skateboarding. Whether you wish to rent the venues to hone your own skills or your teams, there is something for every sporting fan and budding athlete to enjoy.
Not only does this complex host sporting events but music and entertainment as well. From huge international acts such as Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Santana or Andre Rieau to local artists at huge music festivals, there is never a shortage of concerts at the Sydney Olympic Park. Some entertainment options offered at Sydney Olympic Park include food festivals, international film festivals and comedy events.
For those that wish to visit the Sydney Olympic park away from the buzz of sporting events or concerts, there are a huge range of culinary experiences to enjoy for every taste and budget. Anything from sushi, steak, Italian or Thai is available. We recommending ending the night right with a nightcap at the world class bars and pubs on offer, whether you are looking for a chic cocktail bar or relaxed pub, you’ll find something to suit your taste.
Our visit to the gorgeous Elizabeth Farm! The beautiful gardens and historical house make for a beautiful afternoon out in Parramatta, or a hands-on learning experience about history for the kids! Built in 1793, Elizabeth farm is one of the few examples of early Australian colonial bungalows in historic Parramatta. Once home to John and Elizabeth Macarthur, wool industry pioneers, the farm is now a museum open to the public. Enjoy an interactive historical experience, talk a walk through the lush gardens or bring the kids along for a ‘Colonial Kids At Work And Play’ event, where they can dress up in colonial attire and engage in colonial experiences.
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Parramatta was one of the first cities in Australia to be colonised in the 17th century resulting in a rich history that can be discovered today. Whether you are interested in a historical walk, discovering historical architecture or simply learning about another piece of Australian history, you can find it all at Parramatta.
The best place to start for any interested historian is the Heritage Centre, located at 346 Church St., which is the heart of the CBD. At this centre you will be able to find archival records, references, genealogy resources and knowledgeable staff to help with any enquiries.
For those that want to simply start their historical tour on their own, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best historical sites in Parramatta to visit and why.
For a look at daily colonial life, Elizabeth Farm is a great destination. Built in 1793, Elizabeth farm is one of the few examples of early Australian colonial bungalows. Once a home to John and Elizabeth Macarthur, wool industry pioneers, the farm is now a museum open to the public. Enjoy an interactive historical experience, talk a walk through the lush garden or bring kids along for a ‘Colonial Kids At Work And Play’ event, where they can dress up in colonial attire and engage in colonial experiences.
The Old Government House, initially built in 1790 offers a glimpse at the political history of Parramatta. In 1799 Governor John Hunter built over the original structure, further extensions and renovations occurred in 1815 by Governor and Mrs Macquarie, who are responsible for the current appearance of the building today. The house displays recreated furniture both true to the time period and reflect Mrs Macquarie own personal taste, a true look into important figures in Parramatta history.
For a peek into Parramatta’s military history, the Lancer Barracks, Australia’s oldest mainland military barracks has a wide range of artefacts from the colonial period. Built in 1885, the soldiers of the Lancer Barracks were the first in Australia to enter active service in the 1899 Boer War. This museum provides an insight to the development of weaponry and the Australian military as it is today.
The beautiful Lake Parramatta has an array of boats available for hire including, Rowboats, Pedal Boats, Canoes, Kayaks and Stand up Boards. The family can enjoy the clean and calm waterway without the worry of rough water and tides/current making it very easy to pedal or row your way to a fun experience. There is no requirement for booking the boats, just simply arrive and select what is available. For children under the age of 12 lifejackets are compulsory and are included in the cost of the hire. It is encourage everyone to take a lifejacket. Pedal boats are ideal for the family which can hold 2 adults and 2 children and no experience is needed and the rowboats can hold up to 4 adults. Great fun for the whole family!