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Parramasala, Prince Alfred Square and Harris Park
Labour Day long weekend This long weekend spicey festival celebrating the many South Asian cultures of Parramatta. A Friday night parade, Saturday Morning yoga and breakfast, Saturday evening dance to favourite bands. Spend Sunday at Masala Markets and spice garden. From Africa to India, this >Festival of South Asian Arts is a mainstay of Parramatta
Loy Krathong Thai River Festival
November 14th - 16
Parramatta River foreshore South-East Asia water festival. Activities – 'Krathong' ritual at sunset when lotus-shaped boats are launched onto the water. Brings good fortune for the coming year.
Christmas At Centenary Square
November, 4:30pm - 8:30pm.
Christmas trees, Christmas lights, music, fun for kids -- all in the Square!
Parramatta is in a state of construction - an evolutionary period where progress is imprecise but definitely 'on the upward move'. Construction surges - towering and proud - into the blue sky over Macquarie and George Streets and along the riverfront on Church Street at Lennox Bridge.
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OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE, PARRAMATTA PARK, 'AT HOME' EXHIBITION: A tour of this exhibition makes for a unique Christmas gift to any family member -- aunties, uncles, cousins or mum & dad. The exhibition is open daily 10am - 4pm. (last entry 3:30pm) through 22 January. This exciting and unusual exhibition is curated by Australian design expert, David Clark. Showcasing objects from contemporary designers, new and modern items are stragegically placed alongside the important and beautiful pieces of colonial Australia.
HOLIDAY INN AT 18 Anderson Street continues its full service for visitors while most accommodation in Parramatta are under some form of construction. www.holidayinnparramatta.com.au for bookings.
NAKHLE SHIRTMAKERR, 1A/69 PHILLIP STREET makes the perfect Christmas gift for the men in our lives. Exquisite shirts, Too often men are difficult to shop for, but tailor, Charles Nakhle offers the perfect solution for this annual dilemma. 02 9633 4696
ELIZABETH FARM (HARRIS PARK) has big plans for the school holidays. 1 -29 JANUARY. So many activities 10 am - 4pm daily. Check the schedule and mark your calendar. Bring your own picnic or purchase delicious cakes and scones in the tearoom.(fee)
PARRAMATTA PARK: tours of the Dairy and Rangers Cottage are offered on the second Saturday of each month at 11.00am and 12.00pm. Plan to see our recently restored historic cottage in Parramatta Park.
PARRAMATTA LAKE: rowboats, pedalboats, canoes and standup paddle boards.-- all water going paraphanelia. No bookings required, just show up . Life jackets required for kids under 12 (cost is included in the cost of hire). Spring & Summer hours: Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10am-5pm.http://www.parramattarowboats.com.au/
PARRAMATTA HERITAGE SITES & CHRISTMAS. All these exquisite historic attractions are ramping up for Christmas and school holidays now. Whether you are an early planner or like those last minute trips around town, these cottages & houses will be decked out: Hambledon Cottage, Experiment Farm, Elizabeth Farm, Brislington Museum, Parramatta Park: The Dairy Cottage and Old Government House.
With some effort we can still glimpse the numerous historic towers or church steeples around the city and on Fleet Street, three kilometres north of the CBD, the historic (1818) Parramatta Female Factory is under consideration for the National Heritage List. 2015 has been a year of numerous events around 'next big city' and in particular, the Anywhere Festival in March was fantastic.
The 'eat street' scene in Parramatta and Harris Park multiplies at warp speed. We could not possibly explore every restaurant or cafe nor could our waistline guard against the onslaught of calories. Therefore, we list some that have been recommended by our readers. Still most references are built upon our experience - we are, so to speak, a 'word of mouth' reference.
In this update, we segmented our map by neighbourhoods and we have walked each:
- South of the Railway Station, connecting Church Street with Wentworth and Anderson Streets
- Phillip Street – upmarket shops and restaurants
- Iconic Town Hall and St John's Cathedral
- Church Street – 'eat street'
- Parramatta Park historic and recreational spaces.
- Harris Park – international eateries, beauty salons, jewellery and exotic clothing along with its historic farms and cottages