Go west (if you live east) or go east (if you live west)!
Make a day out of a visit to the fabulous Parramatta Park Sydney.
Kids will love exploring historic buildings, terrific playgrounds, cafes and easy walks, plus so much space to simply run around.
There’s masses to discover within its 85 tranquil hectares, including several kilometres of roadway, all on a one-way system, with a dedicated pedestrian lane plus cycling lane.
A Day Out at Parramatta Park Sydney
- Start your day with a coffee at the Gatehouse Tea Rooms at Macquarie Street Gatehouse before stretching your legs walking the 3.2km loop.
- Stop at the Domain Creek playground or the historic Dairy & Rangers Cottages along the way.
- Have lunch at the Grounds Keeper Cafe at the George Street Gatehouse, close to Old Government House and Pavilion Flat playground.
- It is then a short stroll back to where you began.
Parramatta Park Historic Buildings
Old Government House is the oldest remaining public building in Australia and dates back to 1788. Pop in for a guided tour (Tuesday-Sunday) to learn about early colonial times and see the unique colonial furniture within.
Read more about Old Government House here.
To the north of Old Government House, overlooking the Parramatta River, are The Dairy and Rangers Cottages. Built by ex-convicts, these historic cottages can be viewed on a self-guided walking tour (print out your guide at home) or by occasional guided tours (book in advance).
Parramatta Park Playgrounds
Pavilion Flat Playground is near the George Street Gatehouse on the eastern side of the park. It is not huge, but has a good variety of play equipment with swings, spring rockers, a rope climbing web, playhouse, slides and more. A large wooden boat-shaped area is great for creative play.
The lush grassy slopes by the playground make a great picnic spot. Large shaded picnic huts are also within sight and walking distance of the playground.
Domain Creek Playground on the western side of the park is especially good for adventurous and older children with a flying fox, slides, swings, trampolines, water pump and sand digger.
Parramatta Park Cafes
Very close to the Pavilion Flat playground is the Grounds Keeper Cafe at the George Street Gatehouse. Offering savoury treats, decadent delights and renowned coffee blend Gabriel. You can read a full review of it on Parraparents here.
Phone: 02 9808 4696
Opening hours: 8am to 4pm every day for breakfast and lunch.
Enjoy an elegant high tea or a simpler meal or snack at the historic Gatehouse Tea Rooms at Macquarie Street Gatehouse. The kids’ high tea is particularly adorable!
Phone: 02 9635 1515
Opening hours: Tues – Friday 9am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4pm
Website: Gatehouse Tea Rooms
Parramatta Park Easy Walk
Head to the left after leaving the Macquarie Street Gatehouse and tearooms to take an easy walk in a clockwise direction around the park. It’s a 3.2 km loop, which will take anything from 30-60+ minutes depending how often you stop at the playgrounds and sights along the way.
There’s always something to look at with the creek and river, playgrounds, memorials, ovals, as well as plenty of toilets dotted around for your convenience.
Note that some areas have no shade, so don’t forget a hat.
More Things To Do Beyond Parramatta Park
If you fancy exploring beyond the boundaries of Parramatta Park, there is plenty more to do! Find all the things to do in Parramatta with kids in this post.
Or take the Parramatta Riverside Walk towards the ferry wharf.
This picturesque walk will take you past the Parramatta River Foreshore Playground, which older kids will love with its excellent slide and interesting equipment.
At the wharf you can catch the Rivercat towards the city, which is fun and very scenic. Find out all about riding the rivercat with kids here.