Discover historic heritage, a burgeoning restaurant scene and great shopping in the riverside capital of Sydney’s west
Make your home in Parramatta, the de-facto capital of Sydney’s western suburbs and you’ll find what’s essentially a city in its own right that’s stepping out of the harbour city’s shadow and forging its own identity. Locals are fiercely proud of “Parra” and the cultural melting pot that is their local community.
As one of Australia’s first European settlements, Parramatta is home to several important heritage sites. Explore Australia’s colonial past at UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Government House, the country’s oldest surviving public building set on 200 acres of parkland. To experience Parra’s thriving modern culture, catch an award-winning performance at the Riverside Theatres. Or listen to the strains of the Sydney Symphony drifting across beautiful Parramatta Park.
Much of Parra’s modern identity revolves around two things: shopping, and eating. Browse major chains in the Westfields mall, or hunt for one-of-a-kind treasures in its independent boutiques. Afterwards, dine alfresco in one of Church Street’s famous pavement restaurants. Or head to Harris Park for Indian and Middle Eastern food.
Work off some of the calories on the winding trails of Parramatta Lake Reserve and keep fit as you take in the region’s natural beauty. Join the sports-mad locals cheering on local rugby league team the Eels at Pirtek Stadium or have a flutter at major horse racing venue Rosehill Gardens.
You’ll be ideally located for UWS in Parramatta, however regular direct trains to central Sydney make the area an option even for students at UTS and University of Sydney.