Tours of Parramatta’s History and Natural Environment

Tours of Parramatta’s History and Natural Environment

Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre has created a suite of activities and tours that local residents, visitors, their families and friends can enjoy.
These programs inform about Parramatta’s history and natural environment, are educational, lots of fun and a great opportunity for people to meet and share local knowledge.

Click here to view the current January to June 2019 Activities Calendar.

For more information please visit the Visitor Information Centre or their website

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A Greener Stay – Environmental Sustainability

A Greener Stay – Environmental Sustainability

From going straw-less to changing our lighting, Holiday Inn Parramatta along with IHG Green Engage are leading the way in reducing our carbon footprint. Holiday Inn Parramatta have officially rolled out our newest environmental sustainability program A GREENER STAY. Our guests can opt in to conserve energy and water, preserve resources and reduce waste and earn 500 IHG Rewards Club Points per stay! To earn these points and save the earth all our guests need to do is hang the green door knob hanger on their door by 2 am to bypass housekeeping for their stay.

The IHG Green Engage system ensures that our surroundings are preserved for everyone to enjoy. For more information visit IHG GREEN ENGAGE & to book your next stay at Holiday Inn Parramatta click here

Holiday Inn Parramatta

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Discover Parramatta – your backyard this summer

Discover Parramatta – your backyard this summer

Stay close to home and uncover hidden gems in Parramatta and beyond. From the best places to eat and drink, heritage landmarks to visit, parks, nature and wildlife to explore. Make your go-to destination, to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in your backyard. If you find a hidden gem, share it with us! #discoverparramatta

Find our more by visiting the Discover Parramatta Website

The Dairy and Rangers Cottages

The Diary & Rangers Cottages located over looking the Parramatta river and is steeped in history being one of he oldest colonial sites in Australia. Major upgrades of the Dairy Precinct were completed in 2016 including the creation of a central exhibition space, new digital media systems and landscape works. Guided Tours of the Dairy & Rangers Cottages are run on the second Saturday of the month at 11 am by the Parramatta Trust. The tour costs $12 and tickets can be booked through the Parramatta park website.

Parramatta Park, is celebrating it’s 160 birthday this year!! It is  great place for celebrations, days out, picnics, family fun and activities. Over 2 million people visit the park each year exploring the historic buildings, events, festivals and picturesque wildlife and gardens. It is only a 10 minute walk from Holiday Inn Parramatta, which hold 181 accommodation rooms catering for families and groups of all sizes, our on site restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kids stay and eat free when dining with a paying adult and ordering from the kids menu! Parramatta Park is open 365 days a year and entry is free!



Western Sydney Parklands

Set in the heart of Western Sydney, Western Sydney Parklands is a place for people of all backgrounds to meet, celebrate, learn, play, exercise and appreciate our beautiful natural environment. Only a 15 minute drive from Holiday Inn Parramatta, makes a great day out for the whole family. Entry to Western Sydney Parklands sites is free and is open every day of the year!

Set across Blacktown, Liverpool and Fairfield local government areas, the Parklands includes extensive walking and cycling tracks, award-winning playgrounds, world-class sporting and recreation venues, urban farms and a mountain bike trail. Covering 5280 hectares, it stretches 27 kilometres from Quakers Hill in the north to Leppington in the south. This huge green corridor is part of a long-term vision by the NSW Government for contemporary urban living in Western Sydney. The facilities are here for everyone to enjoy.
Visit the Western Sydney Parklands to find out more by clicking here.

Parramatta Row Boats

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 or call 131 500.

Sydney Olympic Park

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.

Elizabeth Farm

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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Historical Parramatta

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.

Lake Parramatta

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!