From modern retail districts to natural landmarks and local heritage gems, Parramatta offers an exciting range of experiences for an exquisite holiday. Let our PARKROYAL people help you unravel things to do in Parramatta. Read on for our picks of Parramatta's best kept secrets; each with its own story to tell and conveniently located within the vicinity of PARKROYAL Parramatta.
Explore the city on foot and download a Parramatta walking map.
Located in the beautiful Parramatta Park, Gatehouse Tea Rooms is the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of Parramatta City. Enjoy the finest quality high tea in one of the oldest high tea venues in Australia. Built in 1887, this historic building is a significant part of the colonial history of Parramatta, and was granted a World Heritage Listing by UNESCO in 2007.
Address: Macquarie Street Gatehouse, Parramatta Park
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 7:00am to 4:00pm
Website: Gatehouse Tea Rooms
The Lennox Bridge is a sandstone single arch bridge built along Parramatta River. Located on Church Street, the bridge was designed and built between 1836 to 1839, under the supervision of David Lennox, the first Colonial Superintendent of Bridges. The Lennox Bridge is the third oldest surviving masonry bridge in New South Wales.
Head to Lennox Bridge, only a short walk from our hotel.
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Over 20 farmers and producers from the Sydney basin and regional NSW gather at Centenary Square farmers markets every Friday. Head to the market where you'll find fresh seasonal produce and artisan food. Produce on offer changes frequently and includes native foods, fruit and vegetables, nuts, fresh bread, meat, honey and cakes.
Address: Centenary Square, Parramatta
Opening hours: Fridays 8:30am to 2:30pm
Website: Parramatta Farmers Market
World Heritage Listed Parramatta Park is a must see for visitors to Sydney. Colonists and convicts were one of the first to be successful in growing sufficient food to feed themselves on this land. The park was considered too attractive to solely be reserved for cropping and was later 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. Old Government House is the oldest remaining public building in Australia.Tucked in beside the Macquarie Street entrance is a large formal rose garden which contains a rare collection of heritage roses.
Address: Corner Pitt and Macquarie Streets, Entrance Via Pitt Street, Parramatta NSW 2124
Website: Parramatta Park
A short five minute drive from the hotel is Elizabeth Farm, a rare example of an early Australian colonial bungalow built in 1793 for John and Elizabeth Macarthur, pioneers of the Australian wool industry.
Elizabeth Farm is a unique museum that allows visitors to experience life in the early 1800s through open rooms and 'hands on' experiences. The homestead's deep shaded verandahs overlook a beautiful recreated colonial garden containing trees from the first years of settlement - including Australia's oldest European olive tree.
Address: 70 Alice Street, Rosehill NSW 2142
Telephone: +61 2 9635 9488
Opening Hours: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00am to 4:00pm and daily during NSW public school holidays. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Website: Elizabeth Farm
The 'Life Along the Riverbank' walk was created by historian Michael Flynn, artists Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse and Parramatta City Council’s Parramatta Stories Project. The walk features artworks and story walls along the river foreshore, revealing stories of hardship, love, loss, survival, order and punishment.
The 'Life Along The Riverbank' walk starts from the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Centre, just a short stroll from our hotel across the Lennox Bridge. Podcasts are downloadable for this walk.
Website: Parramatta River Walk
A delicious treat without the guilt. Ready made ingredients such as colouring, flavourings and preservatives have no place at Messina. You will only find real, delicious, ingredients in their desserts. With over 40 flavours to choose from at any one time, this is a great place to treat yourself.
Address: 279 Church Street, Parramatta
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 12:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday to Saturday, 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Website: Gelato Messina Parramatta