Parramatta is a city rich in history, a place of elegant parks, a vibrant multicultural community, a shopper's paradise, and a centre for sport, dining and entertainment. It is also a thriving legal, educational and health care centre and home to some of Australia's biggest corporations and Government agencies.
Located 24kms from central Sydney and just 6kms from Sydney Olympic Park, Parramatta is both the demographic heart of the Harbour City and one of its most historic neighbourhoods.
Old Government House Parramatta Stadium Rosehill Gardens Parramatta Riverside Theatres Major Shopping and Retail Centres
Parramatta Heritage & Visitors Centre 346A Church Street (beside Lennox Bridge), Parramatta Phone: 02 8839 3311 Web: www.parracity.nsw.gov.au
Parramatta – First in Greater Sydney for Business Tourism
Located 24km from the city and only 6kms from Olympic Park, Parramatta is both the demographic heart of Sydney and its most historic neighbourhood. Offering everything from a strong link to the past, to the best Laksa in town, Parramatta continues to delight the increasing number of visitors keen to see what else Greater Sydney has to offer.
Population: 145,000 (2000)
Parramatta is the capital of Greater Western Sydney, a region with a population of 1.4 million. It’s a culturally city whose people are drawn from a broad cultural and religious backgrounds. About 35% of the population were born overseas, with 80% coming from non-English speaking countries. All this adds up to a rich and diverse society that contributes much to the city in terms of festivals and cultural events, and culinary and shopping experiences.
Average Annual Rainfall: 1000mm Average Temperature: Summer - 27 degrees Celsius Winter - 17 degrees Celsius
Road: Via Parramatta Road and the M4 Motorway, or Anzac Bridge and Victoria Road.
Rail : From Wynyard, Town Hall, Central or Redfern.
Bus: Depart on the hour from Circular Quay
Ferry: An average of 10 RiverCat ferry services depart daily from Circular Quay
Parramatta is the financial and business powerhouse of Western Sydney and home to some of Australia’s biggest corporations and government agencies. 92,000 people work in the Parramatta Local Government Area with 35,000 employed in the CBD alone. Parramatta’s economy is one of the most diverse in Australia generating in excess of $12 billion each year from a broad range of industries. Major employers include: AGC Finance, Boral, Burns Philp, Clyde Industries, Coca Cola Amatil, Collex, Department of Fair Trading, Freightcorp, Hunter Douglas, James Hardie Building Products, Merck Sharp and Dohme, NSW Police Service, the Office of State Revenue, Parramatta Leagues Club, Revlon, Seatons, Shell, Sydney Turf Club, University of Western Sydney, Westbus, Westfield Shoppingtown, and Westmead Hospital.
Parramatta boasts six international standard hotels all with state of the art conference facilities, three motels, serviced apartments and one bed and breakfast establishment offering a total pool of about 1200 rooms or around 3,000 beds.
From intimate candlelight banquets in some of Australia’s finest heritage buildings to major event like the Caravan and Camping Show Parramatta has a range of venues to cater for any event. Standouts include the Rosehill Gardens Event Centre, Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Park and Parramatta Stadium.
In and around the CBD there are more than 140 restaurants, cafes and food outlets offering unique dining experiences that have been strongly influenced by the city’s rich cultural mix. Discover a smorgasbord of innovative traditional and modern cuisine that spans everything from Peking Duck to pistachio triangles and some of the best Lebanese pastries in Sydney.
Featuring more than 370 stores offering the best in fashion, homewares, food and entertainment, Westfield Parramatta is Western Sydney’s shopping epicentre attracting more than 19 million visitors annually. Located at the other end of the city is the Riverbank centre featuring over 55 upmarket fashion, food and homerware outlets.
More than 1 million visitors each year come to Parramatta for sporting events like the Golden Slipper – one of the world’s richest horse races, and to follow the exploits of the Parramatta Eels and Parramatta Power football teams.
The best way to access Parramatta is from Circular Quay on a 1 hour journey following in the wake of Governor Arthur Phillip aboard the Parramatta RiverCat. See a wealth of history at Elizabeth Farm, Old Government House, Hambeldon Cottage and Parramatta Park. Take a ghost tour of the historic cemetery or just shop till you drop in the major retail centres.