Destination guide

The historical city of Parramatta awaits you

Enjoy the area's cathedral, history and culture with a rental holiday home in Parramatta. Well known for its riverfront, shopping and restaurants, this welcoming city won't disappoint. Sydney Showground and Sydney Harbour Bridge are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. Many of our holiday rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.


Historic Parramatta sites near your holiday accommodation

Parramatta has been occupied for at least 30,000 years by indigenous people and was first occupied by European settlers in 1788. The city offers many historic and heritage sites for you to enjoy. Parramatta Park features six historic gatehouses, with the George Street entry first built in 1885. The observatory transit stones in the park memorialise the building of the 1848 observatory where important discoveries were made. The Boer War Memorial was first erected in 1904 and commemorates those who have served and lost overseas. The Government Farm was the first successful farm in the nation, established in 1788.


Activities and attractions in Parramatta

Are you looking for things to do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Parramatta a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Sydney Speedway (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Sydney International Aquatic Centre (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Pennant Hills Golf Club (5.1 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Koala Park Sanctuary (5.3 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Wet'n'Wild Sydney (5.7 mi / 9.2 km)
  • Castle Hill Country Club (6.3 mi / 10.2 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Parramatta

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Parramatta is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Bondi Beach (16.5 mi / 26.5 km)
  • Queens Wharf Reserve (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Parramatta Park (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Yattenden Park (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Urban Jungle Adventure Park (4.4 mi / 7 km)
  • Bicentennial Park (4.8 mi / 7.7 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Parramatta

The nearest airport is in Sydney, NSW (SYD-Kingsford Smith Intl.), located 12.5 mi (20.1 km) from the city centre.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Parramatta Station or Sydney Parramatta Station and explore the city from there.

How to get around

How to get around from Parramatta holiday rentals

Getting to and around Parramatta is a breeze. Most people choose to go with a car hire to get around themselves, but a range of other options are available. Trains run regularly across the countryside, while the city itself is served by bus, light rail, and metro lines. Ferry travel is also available to get you around and across the harbour and offers a great way to see the city from the water, where you can take in the majestic views. Of course, walking and bicycling are also outstanding options.

Food & drink 

Regional delicacies in Parramatta

You’ll want to try many regional delicacies while in Parramatta or anywhere in New South Wales. The region is renowned for its rock oysters, which can be prepared in a wide variety of ways, and are known to be absolutely delicious. The region is also renowned for its wine, and you’ll find the best in cabernet sauvignon, merlot, shiraz, or semillon here. If craft beer is more your speed, NSW has a number of small-batch breweries to enjoy. Finally, the region is famed for its fruit and fresh produce, which you’ll want to sample and enjoy throughout your trip.

Essential info

What to know to get the most from Parramatta holiday homes

As a suburb of Sydney, Parramatta is an urban, English-speaking destination, as well as a city unto itself. It is often considered the second Central Business District in the region. It was first founded in the late 18th century and is the home of quite a few heritage-listed sites, making it an ideal destination for history buffs. It features a humid subtropical climate, where summers can reach 35°C on average, with relatively low rainfall year round. Good shopping and dining can be found in the commercial area of Church Street.

Where to stay near Parramatta?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,061 holiday rentals near Parramatta. From 519 Houses to 1,372 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Parramatta is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Parramatta?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Parramatta:

  • Parramatta CBD: 26 holiday homes
  • Sydney CBD: 2,032 holiday homes
  • Balmoral: 141 holiday homes
  • Chatswood CBD: 60 holiday homes
  • Collaroy Beach: 30 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Parramatta?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Parramatta. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Qudos Bank Arena: 3,548 holiday rentals
  • ANZ Stadium: 3,565 holiday rentals
  • Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre: 3,541 holiday rentals
  • Sydney Parramatta Station: 3,511 holiday rentals
  • University of Western Sydney Parramatta Campus: 3,519 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Parramatta listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Parramatta?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 519 Houses in Parramatta. Our other popular types of Parramatta holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,372 holiday houses
  • Villas: 11 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 20 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Parramatta?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 498 holiday homes with pool available in Parramatta. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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