Parks in and around Parramatta

Reconnect with Nature

Parramatta has a menu of parks with something to suit everyone’s taste. Whether you are looking for a picnic and play place for the kids, a spot of sport, a natural, native bush walk or are gardening guru there is an outdoor option close by that will let you reconnect with nature…and yourself.

1. Auburn Botanic Gardens

Address Chiswick Rd, Auburn NSW 2144
Phone Number +61 2 9735 1222
Opening Hours During Daylight Saving (Oct - Mar) Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 6.00pm.                           
During the rest of the Year 9.00am to 5.00pm daily.                                                                                      

With 9.2 hectares of lush, landscaped gardens, Auburn Botanic Gardens, situated only 7kms from PARKROYAL Parramatta, are a delight for any flora and fauna fans.  Satisfy all your senses; breathe in the scent of serenity in the fragrant garden, enjoy a picnic or a BBQ, pause by the tranquil lake in the Japanese garden. Keep an eye out for roaming peacocks, swift koi fish and ducks. The Autumn Colours Festival in late May and the Cherry Blossom Festival in mid to late August are glorious feasts for the eyes. The garden has good playgrounds and paths that are stroller and wheelchair friendly. A small entry fee applies on weekends, school holidays and during festivals. Parking is plentiful and free.

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2. Parramatta Park

Address Corner Pitt Street and Macquarie Street Parramatta NSW 2150                                                                                                             
Phone Number + 61 2 9895 7500

The city’s equivalent of the quintessential Aussie backyard, Parramatta Park is located on the banks of the Parramatta River. With 200 acres of open parklands, this is the perfect place to kick a ball without fear. Just 7 minutes walk from PARKROYAL. Parramatta; enjoy a morning run or bike ride on the 3.2km circuit. Gazetted as a peoples’ park in 1850s, the park’s historic features include Old Government House and a heritage rose garden.  For the independent tourist there are DIY walking tours. High tea at the Gatehouse is a delight.

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3. The Wisteria Gardens at Cumberland Hospital

Address Cumberland Hospital, 11 Hainsworth St, Westmead, 2150
Access is via Westmead entrance or via Parramatta Park                                                                                                                  
Phone Number +61 2 9840 3000 
Opening Hours During the month of September only                                                                                      

Wisteria is one of nature’s charmers, dripping languorously from arches and fences, beckoning with her seductive scent. Located in the grounds of the historic Cumberland Hospital, these gardens are nestled in the curve of the river at the north eastern edge of Parramatta Park. Established in 1906 for the Superintendent of the Parramatta Lunatic Asylum, with cuttings brought from Japan by his daughter, this garden is a show stopper in the spring. Allow yourself to be charmed. Open to the public for the Wisteria Festival during the month of September.

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4. Lake Parramatta Reserve

Address 28 Bourke St, North Parramatta NSW 2151
Enter from Lackey Street via Bourke Street.                                                                                                                               
Phone Number +65 2 9806 5050  
Opening Hours 6.30am to 5.30 pm daily                                                                                      

Go bush! Only two kilometres from PARKROYAL Parramatta. Native and natural Lake Parramatta Reserve is 73 hectares of streams, rocky slopes and native bush. Go for a bushwalk on one of the walking tracks, then cool down with a dip at the designated swimming area. Amateur archaeologists may spot signs of aboriginal life such as tree scars and hidden deposits. The visitor’s kiosk is open on weekends.

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5. Barton Park

Address 114 Gladstone St, North Parramatta NSW 2151                                                                                                                    
Phone Number +61 2 9806 5140 
Opening Hours 24 hours access, 7 days a week                                                                                   

Once a quarry, this 7 hectare park is now popular with the active and energetic. Only 2 kms from PARKROYAL Parramatta Barton Park is ideal for family fun, equipped with picnic shelters, children’s playground, throwing cages, synthetic long jump track and a grass athletics track, it is home to the Parramatta Little Athletics Club, the Parramatta City Track and Field Clubs and the Tennis Centre is only a short hit away. So for a spot of sport, ready, set, go!

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