18 May 2019

Parramatta North Heritage Festival

UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation invites you to join us for a day of discovery and to share in the many stories of Parramatta North.

In a celebration of our past, present and future, we are working in collaboration with our community partners to open Parramatta North Heritage Core to the public, giving everyone the opportunity to experience this unique place.

This family day is a great opportunity to discover the formerly hidden site. Parramatta North is an amazing precinct that weaves together the stories of Aboriginal Australia, colonial heritage, institutionalisation and our culturally diverse communities.

There will be great food, music, children’s activities, inspiring talks and walking tours that delve into Parramatta’s incredible history.


Event Program

For more information about what’s happening and to start planning your visit, download a copy of the program now!

Heritage Festival time program


How to get to the Heritage Festival

Click here for more information about how to get to the Heritage Festival at Parramatta North.


Parramatta Gaol Tour

The Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council invites you to visit the Parramatta Gaol, experience Sydney’s dark prison history and learn about the exciting future for the gaol site under the stewardship of the Deerubbin Aboriginal community.

Times: 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm
Meet: Parramatta Gaol, Dunlop St, North Parramatta Gate
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $24.19 (inc. GST) for adults, free for kids under 18

Click here to purchase your tickets and book your spot on a tour.


Heritage Link Walking Tour * 

Connecting People, Places and the Past

* We would like to thank everyone for the interest in the walking tour. This tour is now full.

Start the Heritage Festival at Parramatta North by joining us for this unique Heritage Link Walking Tour on Saturday 18 May 2019.

Discover the foundations of Australia’s past as we follow Parramatta’s Heritage Link Trail that connects the heart of the Parramatta’s CBD, Centenary Square, to the most significant female heritage site in Australia - Parramatta North’s Heritage Core.

Merge with history as we pass by 20 unique heritage sites that link our past, present and future. Engage with their unique and fascinating stories during this hour-long walking experience.

Time: 9.00am (booked out)
Meet: Town Hall Centenary Square Parramatta
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: Free
Route: formed level pathways.

On the walking tour you will see:

Parramatta Town Hall
St John’s Church
The Centenary Clock
Native Institution Site
Crown by V Archaeological Dig
The Woolpack Hotel

Historic Court House
Hospital Archaeological Dig 
Lennox Bridge
Old Kings School
The Gov. Macquarie Weir
The Gaol Green
Catholic Cathedral

Anderson Fountain
John Downey Bakery Site
Fleet Street
Catholic Orphanage School
Historic Bethel
Female Factory Precinct


Your food and drink guide for the Heritage Festival

The Sweetest Gift – Supporting transplant recipients and people with chronic illness

Koshari Korner – Koshari is an iconic vegan Egyptian vegan street food dish. Koshari mixes lentils, pasta, and rice into a single dish topped with chickpeas, crispy onion rings and a spicy tomato salsa.

Bread and Butter Project – An artisan bakery delivering handmade bread to the food lovers of Sydney. As Australia's first social enterprise bakery, 100% of our profits are reinvested into baker training and employment pathways for refugees and those seeking asylum.

Kick Start CAFÉ - A not-for-profit social enterprise. The café employs young people in a 6-12 month pathway program. Participants receive accredited training, work experience, case management and mentoring and on finishing are well equipped to create an active and fulfilling life for themselves.

Parents Café Fairfield Inc - A not for profit organisation that mainly work with newly arrived families and deliver different programs and activities such as information sessions, skills training and activities that enhance community integration and cohesion

Darcy St Project - A social enterprise coffee school and espresso bar with a mission to help disadvantaged communities become employable by providing training in coffee making, customer service and hospitality skills. Darcy St Project helps educate and empower indigenous, refugees, unemployed and youth-at-risk to gain industry experience and enter the workforce with confidence.


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