Parramatta in Western Sydney is well known as a historically significant town. However, the city has experienced rapid growth over the past 10 years and is only expected to continue expanding. With this growth, its attractions and culture have become more than just historical sites. From its relatively small beginnings, Pattamatta has now become the sixth largest central business district in Australia. It is a culturally diverse area with great food and shopping, with lots of festivals and events happening year round.

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As mentioned previously, Parramatta is well known for its historical landmarks. It offers a fascinating insight into Australia’s colonial past. Old Government House and Hambledon Cottage are a must see for visitors and history buffs.

However, if you are more interested in what’s happening now, rather than a hundred years ago, then there are even more places to check out in this lively town.

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Parramatta Farmers Market

This has only just recently opened and offers a wide range of fresh food. Over 20 farmers bring in their produce. The market is held every Friday from 7:30am till 2pm.

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Riverside Brewing Co

These guys are the makers of great 100% Australian beer. They are dedicated to brewing all natural boutique beers, free from additives and preservatives. Drop by for a tasting. Their cellar door hours are Friday 2pm to 6pm and Saturday 12pm to 4pm.

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Rose & Crown Hotel

This classic pub features Parramatta’s antique charm but also offers great food and drinks. Apparently, the guy who built the place in 1843 was called Robert ‘One-Armed’ Green, who was said to have lost his hand fighting at the Battle of Waterloo. So make sure to raise your glass to old ‘One-Armed’ Robert whilst enjoying this classic Australian pub.

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African Village Market

Pick up some unique gifts and souvenirs at this great market. You can find African bags, jewellery, clothing, shoes and other hand crafted accessories. The authentic African food served here also comes highly recommenced.

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Parramatta Winterlight Festival

This festival celebrates the season and creates a winter wonderland right in the centre of Parramatta. There is even an ice rink, which is bound to be a hit with both adults and kids alike. Watch the nightly light show at one of the outdoor bars or food stalls. There will also be live music and entertainment on the weekends. The festival is being held from 27th June till the 13th of July this year.

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Jubilee Hall

This performance venue is located within the Paramatta Town Hall. It can hold up to 100 comfortably for a show, and about 50 for a party or function. If you are in town and looking for something to do, check out what gigs or events are on there.

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Eat Street (Church Street)

This popular street has been affectionately nicknamed ‘Eat Street’ due to the amazing amount of food on offer. Take your taste buds for a walk and try some of the restaurants that line the street. From Sicilian to Thai or Italian, there is a range of options available.

What is your favourite thing to do in Parramatta? Let us know and tweet us at @alphacarhire