Parramatta
Parramatta, the second oldest city in Australia. Parramatta was founded in 1788 - the same year as Sydney. Walk up Church Street to discover its vibrant, multicultural food scene, or walk along the river to discover the city's rich history. A delightful way to travel to Parramatta is by ferry from Circular Quay, gliding under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and along pretty Parramatta River past Sydney Olympic Park to Parramatta Wharf. The scenic trip is about 85 minutes. By train from Central Station the journey is about 25 minutes. There are heaps of reasons to visit Parramatta, it’s got so much to see and do and it’s compact. So if you are a Sydneysider looking for an interesting – and easy – staycation or a simple day trip, then read on. Parramatta is a city which is easy to explore with many of the best highlights within walking distance. You can hop on the free city shuttle that runs every 10 minutes, every day to travel around the city and get your bearings. Parramatta is home to some major historic sites, including the Old Government House, built in 1799, Experiment Farm cottage, the site of the first land grant, and the rustic Hambledon Cottage on the Elizabeth Farm Estate. Elizabeth Farm runs year-round family tours and programs to engage kids in the history of the property and introduce them to what life was like during the early 19th century. Kids will get a kick out of trying to do the laundry in a tub, throwing quoits or doing some craft. Lovely riverbank picnic spots are dotted along Parramatta River, which winds past Old Government House in Parramatta Park. Bring your bicycle and enjoy the riverside cycle ways to historical sites. Parramatta’s Eat Street is wall to wall cafes and restaurants. Just have a wander along Church Street between Phillip Street and the Parramatta River and you’ll be bowled over with the choice. Parramatta’s most loved outdoor space is sprawling Parramatta Park. Enjoy the loop track, explore historic buildings or amble through the Aboriginal Landscape Trail. With delightful flower gardens, water play areas and three playgrounds. In the Domain Creek playground, you can bounce on cleverly disguised trampolines, climb an enormous rope ladder to access the very exciting slide, use a digger to dig in the sandpit, play with a lovely water feature or enjoy the wooden xylophone. From the road you can barely see this playground, so beautifully does it blend with its bushy surroundings. Generally speaking, Parramatta Park does not ever have an overcrowded feel to it. Its broad expanses of grass and gum trees can accommodate a huge number of visitors! For a touch of wilderness in the city, Lake Parramatta Reserve has beautiful bushland teeming with native species. Hike one of the three bush-walking trails, bring bikes for an off-road adventure and be sure to check out the dam. In summer the lake is patrolled by lifeguards and a swimmers delight, also popular with for-hire stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and paddle boats. Bring a picnic, spark up a BBQ or grab a cheeky snack at the café. Parramatta has plenty of activities that will suit families, there’s history, nature, sports - all that is missing is you!
Things to do in the area include:
  • BIG4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park

    Located on the edge of the Wagonga Inlet and situated in the centre of Narooma township, enjoy a mix of fun and relaxation at this picturesque caravan park

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  • Jamberoo Water Park

    Jamberoo Action Park is NSW's favourite water theme park and is a great family, social group, school excursion or birthday party locations.

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  • Illawarra Light Railway Museum

    A public exhibition of light railway locomotives and rolling stock for everyone to visit and see.

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  • Jervis Bay Wild

    Jervis Bay Wild has been giving access to first class Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruises in Jervis bay & Huskisson for the last 6 years.

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  • Cluey Learning

    Cluey Learning - Solving subject setbacks one child at a time

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  • Granties Maze

    Granties Maze is a Fun / Amusement Park where children of all ages can be amused with attractions, rides and other events for enjoyment in a safe rural environment.

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  • Holiday Haven Burrill Lake

    Holiday Haven - Burrill Lake Tourist Park is a relaxed friendly park that has the best of everything from Beautiful Burrill Beach on one side and absolute lake frontage with views across to Pigeon House Mountain.

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  • Potoroo Palace Native Animal Sanctuary

    Nature sanctuary with a relaxed, hippie atmosphere showcasing native Australian animals.

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  • Shellharbour Visitor Information Centre

    Hosting exciting special events and regular programs for children.

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  • Flip Out Albion Park

    Equipped with a Ninja Warrior and parkour course for all the fitness fanatics, Flip Out Albion Park’s indoor trampoline park has all the best kids activities in Albion Park!

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  • Ulladulla Leisure Centre

    Ulladulla Leisure Centre - providing recreational activities that enhance and promote a fun, fit and healthy lifestyle.

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  • The Shellharbour Club

    The Shellharbour Club offers modern surroundings to our members and guests in a family-friendly environment.

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  • Kings Point Retreat Ulladulla

    Set on 12 acres surrounded by native bushland, Kings Point Retreat features a tennis court, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa.

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  • Holiday Haven Swan Lake

    Holiday Haven Swan Lake is the ideal location for your next escape, set amid the lake, the beach, the National Park, all in the tiny coastal hamlet of Cudmirrah.

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  • Holiday Haven Lake Tabourie

    Holiday Haven Lake Tabourie is the ideal location for your next family holiday set amid the lake, the beach, Termeil State Forest and the Meroo National Park – with sweeping views across to Crampton Island.

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  • Trees Adventure Nowra Park

    Trees Adventure Nowra is Australia's First Treetop Ropes & Cliff Edge Experience! Located inside Shoalhaven Zoo. Climb and fly up to 30m high!

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  • Nowra Aquatic Park

    Nowra Aquatic Park is set on the banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River in central Nowra offers a variety of facilities

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  • Jervis Bay Maritime Museum

    Relaxing locale offering a gallery of historical displays surrounded by a boardwalk, pond & gardens.

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  • HARS Aviation Museum

    Enjoy some aviation history at the HARS Aircraft Museum

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  • The Kinema Narooma

    Narooma Kinema is a heritage listed building where Mainstream, arthouse and independent films are screened and live shows and performances are hosted.

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  • Funland Ulladulla

    Interactive rides & games for kids are spread over 3 floors at this activity center.

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  • Holiday Haven Bendalong

    Holiday Haven Bendalong is the ideal location to escape it all and get back to nature or the traditional family holiday. It’s a paradise for everyone wanting to relax, bushwalk, swim, fish or surf.

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  • Shoalhaven Tourism

    Come and visit the Shoalhaven. A foodie, nature and adventure lovers paradise. The scenery alone is sure to leave you captivated.

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  • Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort

    Enjoy the beaches, with surf life saver patrolled beaches close by, and crystal clear surf ...

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  • Inflatable World – Joondalup

    Inflatable World Oz | Biggest Indoor Inflatable Playgrounds in Australia

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  • Illawarra Golf Complex

    Illawarra Golf Complex is the home of golf in the Illawarra offering golf driving range, lessons from our resident PGA professional, a comprehensive sales and repairs pro shop and a putt putt course for some extra fun.

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  • Holiday Haven Lake Conjola

    Lake Conjola Entrance Holiday Park sits like a gem on the South Coast of New South Wales boasting direct access to magnificent Conjola beach & Lake.

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  • Merimbula Aquarium & Wharf Restaurant

    The award winning Wharf Restaurant is the ultimate Merimbula venue with amazing ocean views that making any event a memorable experience.

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  • Holiday Haven Ulladulla

    Holiday Haven Ulladulla is a family favourite with views across Ulladulla Harbour and everything you need within walking distance.

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  • Club Catalina

    Come on over and spend the day with us, play a round of golf, and have an all-around great time with family and friends.

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  • Timezone Midland

    Equipped with the latest and classic games, Timezone offers customers an unforgettable family friendly entertainment.

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