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: the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre, in conjunction with Parramatta Park Trust runs guided tours of the Dairy Precinct on the second Saturday of each month at 11am and 12pm and by appointment. 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 $12 and must be purchased through Eventbrite.
Due to the historic nature of The Dairy Precinct, there are uneven surfaces inside the Dairy and Rangers Cottages and surrounding gardens, paths and entries that may cause trips, slips or falls.
A number of areas in the Dairy Precinct have limited accessibility. If you have special access requirements, please contact the Trust on 02 98957500 prior to booking.
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.
The Burramatta Aboriginal Landscape Trail has been created by rehabilitating the areas of endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland and River Flat Forest at the Domain creek and demonstrates the plants and raw materials that local Aboriginal people used for traditional food and medicine. The trail has also improved the species diversity of the habitat available to native fauna and now encompasses underrepresented native plant species in this habitat.