Located 24 km west of Sydney is Parramatta, the geographic and
demographic centre of greater Sydney and the second most important commercial and
retail Sydney Central Business District.
on the 2 November, 1788, and named Rose Hill, it was later changed
to the Aboriginal name of Parramatta, meaning the place where the
eels lie down or head of the river. Parramatta was home to the
Aboriginal Dharug tribe who were the inhabitants of the area for
more than forty thousand years, before British settlement in 1788.
the agricultural centre for the settlement of Sydney, the crops of
Parramatta saved the earlier Sydney settlement from famine. Parramatta
also has a fine collection of colonial architecture as well as other
historic buildings, including Old Government House, Elizabeth Farm
House, Hambledon Cottage, Experiment Farm, St John's Cathedral and
You can get to Parramatta via train, bus, car or by boat from Circular
Quay. In fact, this is a pleasant way to travel, leaving Circular Quay
on the RiverCat for a leisurely 50 minute ride up the Parramatta
River. Good value for money is the State Transit and Sydney Ferries
Day Tripper ticket, that allows you to travel all day on any train,
bus or ferry.
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