Discovering Parramatta

Discovering Parramatta | Nation

Australia’s Next Great City 

Located in the cultural heart of Sydney, this vibrant and historic city seamlessly blends rich cultural heritage with modern urban life. Parramatta holds immense historical significance to the region, from its deep Indigenous roots of the Darug people's heritage, to the pivotal role it has played in the development of the city. Today, Parramatta stands as a bustling metropolis, boasting a dynamic skyline, world-class amenities, and a thriving business district. Come take a look.

A Natural Beauty

Built on a foundation of Hawkesbury Sandstone, like much of the Sydney Basin, Paramatta is not just a culturally rich place but an environmentally beautiful one. Formed during the Triassic period, this characteristic sandstone is prominent in the landscape and contributes to the characteristic rocky outcrops and cliffs seen all around. The city is traversed by the Parramatta River, which has played a significant role in shaping the local landscape. Now, Nation residents and visitors alike can enjoy this stunning natural feature which provides a unique backdrop to all the many cultural and social happenings that take place everyday.

A City within A City

There is no shortage of things to do and see in Paramatta. 

1 Old Government House. Located within Parramatta Park, a great place to start discovering the neighbourhood is Old Government House, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and one of Australia's oldest public buildings. Built in 1799, it served as the residence for early governors of the colony. 

2 Parramatta Park is a sprawling green space that offers a peaceful escape from the urban bustle. The park features picturesque landscapes, walking trails, and picnic areas. It's an ideal place for relaxation, family outings, and cultural events. 

3 St. John's Cathedral is the oldest church in Australia. Established in 1803, the cathedral showcases impressive Gothic Revival architecture and is an important religious and historical site. Visitors can attend services or simply admire the architectural details. 

4 Riverside Theatres is a cultural hub that hosts a variety of performing arts events, including plays, concerts, dance performances, and film screenings. The venue contributes to the vibrant arts scene in Parramatta and provides entertainment options for locals and tourists alike. 

5 Parramatta Heritage Centre, also known as the City of Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre, offers a comprehensive overview of the city's history. Exhibits cover Indigenous heritage, colonial history, and Parramatta's evolution into a modern urban centre.

A Bright Future

Paramatta is always growing, with a series of major new projects on the horizon. Recently opened is the Paramatta Aquatic Centre, a fully equipped, state of the art fitness, wellness, and relaxation hub for the whole community to enjoy. Next up will be the Powerhouse Museum, which will be the largest museum in NSW with over 18,000 sqm of exhibition and public space, destined to attract two million visitors a year with its showcase of arts and sciences from around the world.  And there is so much more to come!

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