Sports, Heritage and Hinterland at Parramatta
Parramatta is often overlooked as a holiday destination, but there is so much more here than meets the eye. If you're heading to NSW as part of your summer holiday, make sure you stop by this sunny spot.
Where to stay
Book in your holiday accommodation before you hit the road so that you can arrive and settle in straight away. Mantra Parramatta is the perfect place for you and your family to base yourselves for your getaway, as it's conveniently located near ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic park and Parramatta's bustling retail centre. Take a dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool or work out at the onsite gymnasium before settling in at the bar.
"For a touch of history, make sure you check out Old Government House nestled amongst 200 acres of parkland. It's Australia's oldest surviving building and is part of the Australia Convict Sites World Heritage Property."
What to do
The Parramatta RSL club is a must-visit for any visitors to Parramatta. Stop off here for a game of lawn bowls, chess, billiards, darts or dominoes and stay for the sense of community spirit and cheer. Once you've worked up an appetite, choose from Eurasian cuisine at Silver Spoon restaurant or grab a coffee at Treetops Cafe.
For a touch of history, make sure you check out Old Government House nestled amongst 200 acres of parkland. It's Australia's oldest surviving building and is part of the Australia Convict Sites World Heritage Property. Get a guided tour or attend a lecture series to learn all about Australia's past.
The Blue Mountains are only a 30 minute train ride away from Parramatta, and are truly a must-see for all Australians. They're World Heritage listed and are filled with spectacular bushwalks along with quaint village shops and restaurants in the area. For a view unlike any other, head to Echo Point for panoramic scenes of the southern Blue Mountains and the iconic Three Sisters rock formation.