Open every day of the year and free to enter, Parramatta Park is a must-visit heritage-listed park in New South Wales, just outside of Sydney City Centre, that offers plenty to explore inside its 85-hectare stretch with even more ways to de-stress and unwind.
In a quick read, here are 5 relaxing things to do in Parramatta Park Sydney:
Take a Guided Tour
160 years old, Parramatta Park offers insightful guided tours that cover some of the park’s rich history and grounds. These include private tours of the Dairy Precinct - featuring restored cottage gardens and interactive displays - in addition to the Old Government House, Australia’s oldest public building.
The self-guided tours and walks are also worth your time and include Colonial Rose Hill plus must-see sites and monuments such as the Boer War Memorial, Bath House, Crescent and the Observatory.
Stroll, Jog and Cycle
Vast in size and offering an abundance of open spaces, thickset trees and curated gardens, it’s no surprise why nature lovers, joggers and yogis flock to Parramatta Park to relax, get active and get closer to nature. There are flat pathways ideal for jogging and cycling, as well as rolling open lawns for sunbathing and leisurely sports.
Picnic in the Park
Pack a picnic before your visit - Parramatta Park is the perfect location to tuck into a picnic, and you can be sure to find your ideal spot on the grass, under a tree, at the hireable gazebos or next to the sparkling Parramatta River that runs through the centre of the park.
Set up a picnic with an eye-catching view, or take your picnic near one of the park playgrounds, such as Domain Creek Playground, so the kids can let loose and play.
Visit the Parramatta Park Cafes
Alternatively, visit one of the cafes and restaurants for a pleasant breakfast, lunch or dinner experience in the park. These include the Gatehouse Tea Rooms near Rumsey Rose Garden, open all week, as well as restaurant fine dining at Lachlan’s inside the historic Old Government House.
Georgie Boy, a brand new cafe, is another notable option that pops up at the George Street Gatehouse in Parramatta Park’s south-east corner.
Enjoy Live Entertainment
Parramatta Park is a top location for many of NSW’s major events and festivals. This also includes small events, local markets and intimate live music performances, which you can catch throughout the week as well as on weekends. Each week, the Gatehouse Twilight Jazz Garden hosts live funk, soul and jazz music to enjoy for free.
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