Taking guided and self-guided tours of Parramatta Park is a great way to learn about the Park’s numerous significant historic sites and gain insight into Australia’s early colonial times.
The Dairy and Rangers Cottages: Parramatta Park Trust runs guided tours of the Dairy Precinct on the second Saturday of each month at 11am and 12pm. The tours offer a rare glimpse into the nation’s oldest buildings. The recently completed conservation project brings Australia’s Indigenous and earliest European history to life through a newly-installed AV exhibition, artefact exhibits, interactive displays and restored 19th century cottage gardens. Tours cost $8 and may be purchased through Eventbrite.
Old Government House: The National Trust runs guided tours of Old Government House, Tuesday to Sunday and most public holidays, 10am-4pm. This is the oldest remaining public building in Australia and one of the most historically significant, with close associations to all the early Governors of New South Wales. The house also contains a major collection of Australian colonial furniture. Visit the National Trust for tour details.
Colonial Rose Hill: This self-guided tour explores the pre-colonial and colonial landscape of the former Governor's Domain when the English settlement at Rose Hill was being established. Rose Hill was the second site of settlement in Australia and, despite the passage of time the marks and signs of this earliest town are still discernible within the Park landscape.
Parramatta Park Monuments and Sites: This self-guided tour takes in many of the Park’s key historic sites and monuments, including the Park Gatehouses, The Crescent, The Observatory Transit Stones, The Bath House, the Boer War Memorial and more.