Who says you have to travel far to have an adventure? Parramatta, a metropolitan suburb of Sydney, may seem like your average, unassuming city on the surface. But you could find yourself pleasantly surprised with an adventure, if you look in the right places. With a little help from PARKROYAL Picks, your personal travel insider, we’ve curated a list to point you towards the direction where the fun begins.
1. Learn To Fly
Of the many adventures that await in Parramatta, this might be the most thrilling. Simulate the “bucket list” type experience of skydiving at iFly without the worries of malfunctioning parachutes or possibly plummeting to your death. Located 30 minutes away from PARKROYAL Parramatta, this indoor activity, which is suitable for all age groups, also caters to those with a fear of heights.
Address: 123 Mulgoa Road Penrith, Sydney NSW 2750
Mondays to Fridays – 9:00am to 10:00pm
Saturdays and Sundays – 7:00am to 10:00pm
2. Travel Back in Time
No, we didn’t invent an actual time machine overnight. But stepping into Elizabeth Farm, the oldest house in the country, sure feels like you’ve made a journey two centuries backwards. One of Parramatta’s coolest colonial landmarks whose dark history is a source of much intrigue, the quaint bungalow was the home of a military couple. Now, it lives as a museum, and is just a brisk, five-minute drive away from PARKROYAL Parramatta.
Address: 70 Alice Street, Rosehill NSW 2142
Wednesdays to Sundays – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
3. Be a naturalist for a day
Time to strap on your explorer boots, and reconnect with the nature on this side of the city! At Lake Parramatta Reserve, a natural 73 hectare tract of land, you’ll find a plethora of walking trails among tranquil streams and rocky paths. Explore the indigenous forest like an archaeologist would, and be astounded by Aboriginal discoveries, beyond the natural beauty of the park.
Address: 28 Bourke Street, North Parramatta NSW 2151
Opening hours: 6:30am to 5:30pm (daily)
4. Eat like a Greek God
For the foodie travellers, here’s a culinary adventure that’s more suited to your taste. Situated a mere two blocks down the road from PARKROYAL Parramatta, Kouzina is a highly lauded eatery whose classic Greek dishes are the stuff of dreams. Utterly family friendly without the ostentatious facade of a fine-dining outlet, it will have you coming back for seconds.
Address: 16 Phillip Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Tuesdays to Fridays – 12:00pm to 3:00pm; 5.30pm to 10pm ”
Saturdays – 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Closed on Sundays and Mondays
We hope you’re inspired to have your own adventure very soon! Don’t forget to book a cosy stay at PARKROYAL Parramatta to get a proper rest after your long days of gallivanting around the city. Better yet, upgrade yourself to one of our new Club Rooms housed in the recently opened extension, and enjoy exclusive Club privileges including access to all day refreshments and more.