The City of Parramatta is located in the Greater Western Sydney region, approximately 25 km from the centre of Sydney. Parramatta is a major business district and serves as a major transport hub connecting Greater Western Sydney to the CBD. The City of Parramatta includes the suburbs of Baulkham Hills, Camellia, Carlingford, Clyde, Constitution Hill, Dundas, Dundas Valley, Eastwood, Ermington, Granville, Harris Park, Lidcombe, Mays Hill, Merrylands, Newington, North Parramatta, Northmead, North Rocks, Oatlands, Old Toongabbie, Parramatta, Pendle Hill, Rosehill, Rydalmere, Silverwater, Sydney Olympic Park, Telopea, Toongabbie, Winston Hills, Wentworth Point, Wentworthville and Westmead.
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Extensive trains, ferries, and buses can be used to get around the Parramatta area, into the CBD and throughout the Greater Western Sydney Area.
Location & Transport
The City of Parramatta is located approximately 25 km from the Sydney CBD and is a key region within Greater Western Sydney. The area is south of The Hills, Hornsby, and north of Strathfield and Cumberland. Ryde and Canada Bay sit to the east of Parramatta with Blacktown City to the west. Parramatta is also the geographical centre of the entire Sydney Region.
In terms of public transport, Parramatta is connected to the rest of Sydney through an extensive train network and multiple Sydney Trains lines. There is also a major bus interchange located in Parramatta and many local bus routes. The waterfront areas of Parramatta are also serviced by the Sydney Ferries’ Parramatta River Ferry which features 14 stops from Circular Quay in the CBD through to Parramatta Wharf.
The public transport throughout Parramatta is expected to improve dramatically in the future with a metro line and light rail also underway. The Parramatta Light Rail project will open in 2023 and connect Carlingford and Olympic Park to Rydalmere, Camellia, Parramatta and Westmead. The Sydney Metro West line will begin construction in 2020, with completion expected to take 10 years. The line will connect Greater Parramatta to the CBD with a fast, effective and reliable transport tunnel. To date, seven stations have been confirmed — Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock and the Bays Precinct.
The City of Parramatta is home to over 250,000 people, as of the last census. Although the area is predominantly residential, with there is also a very large commercial presence throughout the area. Notably, 27% of the Parramatta area is covered by parklands; with over 300 parks and reserves, the spaces offer BBQ and picnic facilities as well as playgrounds for children and connected cycleways. Wherever you are in the Parramatta region, a park will never be far away for an afternoon stroll or to catch up with the family! There are also numerous sporting fields peppered throughout Parramatta so you won’t struggle to find somewhere to kick the ball around with your mates when the weekend rolls around.
There are a number of venues in Parramatta that draw large crowds. Westfield Parramatta is the tenth largest shopping centre in Australia. The Farmers Markets in Centenary Square is also very popular and are held every Friday. Pirtek Stadium (also known as Parramatta Stadium) and ANZ Stadium, as well as Sydney Olympic Park, and Parramatta Park are also all located in Parramatta, making it home to many large concerts, festivals and sporting events.
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Parramatta is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment. As mentioned, the public transport system is receiving an update via the new metro line and light rail. The Parramatta Light Rail is expected to open in 2023, with the new Sydney Metro West Line beginning construction in 2020 for a 2030 completion date.
The most significant development in the are is Parramatta Square. Consisting of six new buildings (including a refurbished town hall), Parramatta Square will also introduce more than 6,000 sqm of public spaces to the city centre. You can read more about this project here.
Another project redeveloping the area is the Parramatta Riverbank project. It will be the new location for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (also known as the Powerhouse Museum). This area is expected to bring more than a million visitors to Parramatta each year once complete.
A number of new commercial and residential towers will also be built in the coming years. Most will be around Parramatta Square and the Parramatta Riverbank redevelopment.
Within the City of Parramatta, there are five council-run childcare centres and many additional privately run centres which provide parents with numerous options. For primary-school-aged children, there are 20 public schools and nine Catholic primary schools. For high school students, there are four public high schools (Arthur Phillip, Macarthur Girls, Muirfield and Pendle Hill) as well as four Catholic high schools (Catherine McAuley, Delany College, Parramatta Marist and St Patrick’s Marist).
There are several independent schools which enrol students from K-12. These include OneSchool Global which is an international school, Our Lady of Lebanon College (Maronite), Toongabbie Christian College (Baptist). Special-purpose private schools include the Australian Performing Arts Grammar School which is located in Harris Park, and Warakirri College, which is intended for disadvantaged senior high school students. The City of Parramatta also has four special schools; three of which are in Westmead — The Children’s Hospital School, Palm Avenue School and Redbank School — as well as the Waratah Centre in Telopea.
For those interested in tertiary study, Western Sydney University is located in the area with the primary campus in Parramatta and an additional precinct sits in Westmead.