Taking guided and self-guided tours of Parramatta Park is a great way to learn about the Park’s many significant historic sites and gain insight into Australia’s early colonial history.
Dairy and Rangers Cottages
Google Arts & Culture virtual tour
Thanks to a partnership with Google Arts & Culture, the Dairy and Rangers Cottages can be viewed virtually from anywhere in the world. Google captured 360-degree images from inside the buildings, allowing visitors to move through them and inspect details in high definition. The free virtual tours showcase convict-era architecture and building techniques, and feature stories about people who made the buildings their home.
You can visit Parramatta Park on Google Arts & Culture and to read more about the cottages and see detailed video footage of some of the historic construction features. However, the virtual tour only comes to life if you use the Google Arts & Culture app. It includes audio commentary and detailed information about features and artefacts inside the buildings and, if you use a pair of virtual reality goggles, you can view the cottages in a fully immersive 3D experience. Goggles can be bought online or in Australian stores from around $10.
The Google Arts & Culture app is available to download on both iOS and Android mobile devices. After downloading the app, search for Parramatta Park to access the virtual tour. You can also access all The Google Arts & Culture content for free on the web.
Parramatta Park Trust runs regular guided tours of the Dairy and Rangers Cottages in partnership with the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre. These are restricted to small groups and take place on the second Saturday of each month .
The tours make use of digital multi-media, artefact exhibits, interactive displays and restored 19th Century cottage gardens to bring the Park’s indigenous and earliest European history to life in a dynamic and engaging way.
Some areas in the Dairy Precinct have limited accessibility. If you have special access requirements, please contact the Trust on 02 9895 7500 prior to booking.
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.
Old Government House
The National Trust runs guided tours of Old Government House Tuesday to Sunday and on most public holidays, between 10am-4pm. This is the oldest standing public building in Australia and one of the most historically significant, associated with all of the early Governors of New South Wales. The house also contains a major collection of Australian colonial furniture.
Self-guided walking tours
Colonial Rose Hill
Explore 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 settlement site in Australia after Port Jackson 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 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 and the Boer War Memorial.