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Published April 12th 2015
Calling all history and architecture enthusiasts
Parramatta offers a fascinating insight into early colonial life in Australia. It was founded in the same year as Sydney by the British in 1788 and is the oldest inland European settlement in Australia.
Parramatta is also home to some of the most oldest and first buildings in New South Wales.
If you are a history and architecture enthusiast or you just simply enjoy historic and heritage sites then the list below is a must!
1. Old Government House When: Tuesday - Sunday: 10am-4pm (Mondays are group bookings only) Where: Parramatta Park, entrance through Pitt St, Parramatta Cost: Adults: $9pp & Kids: $6 pp or Family: $24 Details: The convict- built Old Government House and garrison buildings are set within the beautiful lush parklands of Parramatta Park; you get sweeping views of Parramatta River. It is filled with history and for 7 decades was the residence of the first 10 Governors of the colony including Mrs. Macquarie. Step back in time and explore the main rooms of the house that have been transformed to recreate the tastes and styles of Mrs. Macquarie.
2. Elizabeth Farm When: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am-3:30pm & everyday in January and School Holidays.
Where: 70 Alice St, Rosehill Cost: Adults: $8pp, Kids: $4pp & Family: $17 Details: The house is a rare example of an early Australian colonial bungalow built in 1793 for John & Elizabeth Macarthur, pioneers of the Australian wool industry. There is a unique museum which allows you to experience life in the early 1800s through open rooms and 'hands on' experiences. You can enjoy a guided tour or wonder at your own pace. After visiting the museum do take some time to explore and relax in the gardens. There are Tearooms open Friday- Sunday from 10am-4pm.
3. Experiment Farm Cottage
When: Wednesday- Sunday: 10:30am- 3:30pm
Where: 9 Ruse St, Harris Park
Cost: Adults: $7pp, Kids: $5pp & Family: $19
Details: Experiment Farm Cottage stands in the site of the first land grant in Australia. This charming house is furnished to reflect the home Surgeon John Harris (surgeon, explorer, farmer, magistrate and merchant), with simple but elegant pieces from the National Trust's collection of early colonial furniture. There is a permanent display in the cellar that tells the story of the site in all phases of its occupation.
4. Hambledon Cottage
When: Thursday- Sunday: 11am-4pm - Open Public Holidays except for Good Friday & Christmas Day.
Where: 63 Hassall St, Parramatta
Cost: Adults: $6pp & Kids: $2pp
Details: Built by John Macarthur in 1824 as a second house on his Elizabeth Farm Estate, it certainly did have many notable occupants in the early days. The cottage is built from rendered sandstock brick in the Colonial Georgian style, the joinery throughout is of Australian cedar. This is a must visit for all history & architecture enthusiasts.
5. The Lancer Barracks (Linden Military Museum)
When: Sundays: 10am-4pm
Where: 2 Smith St, Parramatta
Cost: Adults: $7pp, Kids: $5pp & Family: $15
Details: Step back 190 years in time, to when Governor Lachlan Macquarie was Governor of the young colony of NSW, and at this Museum you will experience traces of history of the Regiment from its inception in 1885.
6. Brislington Medical & Nursing Museum
When: Every Thursday: 10:30am-2pm
Where: Cnr George & Marsden Streets, Parramatta
Cost: Adults: $2pp & Kids: $1pp
Details: This gracious Georgian building is the oldest existing dwelling house in the inner City of Parramatta and since 1983 has been a Medical and Nursing Museum for the former Parramatta Hospital. This Museum is a tribute to a by-gone era and shows a "then" and "now" picture of Medical Science and Hospital Care in Parramatta.