Celebrating 160 years
The area of Parramatta was known by the Darug people as Burramatta ("Burra" meaning eel and "matta" meaning creek) and was managed by the Burramatta clan for many thousands of years before European settlement in 1788. The early governors of the British colony established and lived in what is now known as Old Government House – just one of the many heritage-listed buildings that pepper Parramatta Park.
But 160 years ago, in 1858, 246 acres in Parramatta were declared public land and given back to the people, making Parramatta Park one of the oldest public parks in the world.
We think this is cause for celebration.
Find out what’s on or take your time exploring the Park’s fascinating colonial history and heritage in our timeline and stories.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which Parramatta Park is located - the Darug people - and pay our respects to their elders past and present.