Parramatta/North Parramatta

Suburb Profile


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. 

Schools servicing the Parramatta/North Parramatta area:

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

Warrakirri College

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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


Barton Park

Belmore Park

Dan Mahoney Reserve

Doyle Ground

Jones Park

Lake Parramatta

Ollie Webb Reserve

Parramatta River

Prince Alfred Square

River Foreshore Reserve

Riverside Theatre

Sherwin Park

Westfield Parramatta


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  

Local Listings

Parramatta, NSW

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Parramatta, NSW

1127/45 Macquarie Street

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Parramatta, NSW

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Parramatta, NSW

7/76 Great Western Highway

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Westmead, NSW

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Westmead, NSW

4/22 Caroline Street

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