A thriving commercial and cultural centre, Parramatta is all about opportunity. Young professionals are drawn to the area, while its sister suburb, North Parramatta, is just as vibrant but made up of more families. The area is known for its beautiful parks and waterways, rich multicultural makeup, heritage buildings, and strong community spirit.
Locals rarely look past Parramatta’s borders. As Sydney’s second CBD, it’s very cosmopolitan, with a range of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Among these, it’s home to Westfield Parramatta, Harris Park, and bustling ‘eat streets’ like Church Street and Phillip Street. Then there are a wide range of primary and high schools for families to choose from, think Our Lady of Mercy College, Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta High School.
Locals lead an active lifestyle. Parramatta is clean and green, with parks, playgrounds and reserves all over, some of which have sporting grounds and dog off-leash areas. Lake Parramatta Reserve is a popular swimming and watersport spot, and there’s a cycle path along the Parramatta River that stretches all the way to Sydney Olympic Park. Parramatta Park and the Riverside Theatre host various community events throughout the year.
Historically significant and strategically positioned, Parramatta has long been playing an important role in Sydney’s expansion. And there is no sign of this slowing down. Parramatta is continuously on the rise with towering apartments, but it also has its fair share of heritage-listed homes, townhouse and family abodes.
As for getting around, Parramatta itself is a major transport hub. Buses run regularly, and there are 40-minute trains straight to Sydney’s CBD. The scenic option is the RiverCat ferry, which stops at Circular Quay.
Arthur Phillip High School
B’nai Yacov School
Burnside Public School
Garfield Barwick School
Macarthur Girls High School
North Parramatta Public School
Our Lady of Mercy College
Parramatta East Public School
Parramatta High School
Parramatta Public School
Parramatta West Public School
Redeemer Baptist School
Rowland Hassal School
St Monica’s Primary School
Tara Anglican School for Girls
The King’s School
Train services run along the Cumberland, North Shore, Northern & Western and Blue Mountains lines
Bus services to Macquarie Park, the Hills District, Sutherland, Hurstville, and city.
RiverCat ferries run along Parramatta River to Circular Quay
M4, Great Western Highway and James Ruse Drive is easily accessible
Dan Mahoney Reserve
Ollie Webb Reserve
Prince Alfred Square
River Foreshore Reserve
Burramatta Day – a family-friendly celebration of Indigenous culture on the Parramatta River foreshore
Parramasala – an annual festival celebrating Parramatta’s rich multicultural makeup
Parramatta Farmers Market – a weekly market showcasing fresh produce, nuts, bread and flowers from local growers
Parramatta Lanes – an award-winning culinary and cultural festival held across 12 themed laneways in Parramatta
Parramatta Winterlight – Sydney’s largest winter festival boasts a skating rink, slides, rides and ice dancing performances
Sydney Festival – Parramatta hosts the ‘Circus City’ program, as well as family theatre events, art installations and live music
Tropfest – a screening of the festival’s 16 best short films at Parramatta Park