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from hip to historic

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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PARRAMATTA'S EAT STREET GETS 'Ready for Spring': On the first Saturday of October and November, Eat Street will look like spring and the eateries will serve up some delicious taster plates (fee). And, entertainment will be on show: roving stilt walkers, jugglers, musicians -- and face painting. On display those fantastic Morris Cars will thrill car buffs. East Street will be closed to traffic -- get out, stretch your legs and indulge your tummy! 11am-3:30pm; evenings 5-9pm.

LAKE PARRAMATTA RESERVE: "Art is Art and Water is Water" out on Lake Parramatta. You can hire rowboats, pedalboats, canoes and standup paddle boards. 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.

CONFLUENCE FESTIVAL OF INDIA - RIVERSIDE THEATRES 20 SEPTEMBER. International musical giants bring their talent to Parramatta for one night only. The two international stars are Artists in Residence at Alice Springs, Dessert Song Festival.. For details, visit

HARRIS PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE 26 SEPT - OCT 2 holds its week of free events. Luncheons, bike rides, historic houses tours -- lots of activities -- all in the 'Hood'. We'll blog about it next week, but until then mark your calendar.

HOLIDAY INN  AT  18 Anderson Street continues its full service for visitors while most accommodation in Parramatta are under some form of construction.  for bookings. 

OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE, PARRAMATTA PARK. The gift shop staff stocked lovely pillows and pillow covers -- products in collaboration with Aboriginal artists this morning. We browsed through the collection and you will find the art interesting and beautiful. Great gifts for friends or family. 02 9635 8149

'WELCOME AND DISCOVER' TOURS AROUND PARRAMATTA.  New comer residents or workers are invited to explore the corners and lanes of Parramatta on 'discover tours' led by Council's professional and knowledgeable Host & Guides. Bookings required. Read more about the tours