16 Apr 2019

Step Back in Time with Parramatta Heritage Tours

Parramatta’s rich heritage and unique cultural foundation will be celebrated this April and May with a diverse program of tours and activities planned to coincide with the 2019 Australian Heritage Festival.

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said this year’s program provides visitors and community members with the chance to learn more about Parramatta’s rich heritage.

“Parramatta is one of the most historically significant places in Australia. This year – through a range of events and activities – we’re exploring how different cultures, people and places have contributed to the City’s development, and how they have added vibrancy and richness to our community,” Cr Wilson said. 

“The Festival is a great opportunity for both locals and visitors alike to engage with local heritage, so I encourage everyone to come along and find out more about the evolution of Parramatta’s history.”

Running from Thursday 18 April to Sunday 19 May, the theme of the 2019 Festival is Connecting People, Places and the Past. Now in its 39th year, the Festival is coordinated by the National Trust of Australia and provides a captivating glimpse into Australia’s history.

As part of the Festival, Council has collaborated with Parramatta Park Trust and members of the Darug Aboriginal community to deliver a number of immersive experiences and tours.

Tours will cover a range of topics and visit sites like the foodie hub of “Eat Street”, the CBD, peaceful Parramatta Park, and a number of historic buildings.

“Guided tours are a great way to experience our City. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable and are able to bring the City’s history to life through their retelling of its fascinating past,” Cr Wilson said.

A highlight of this year’s Festival is the Warami Mittigar Walks series. Running for the full duration of the month-long festival, the walks – which wind through Parramatta Park and along the river – are aimed at adults and families with children aged 7 years and over.

Conducted by members of the Darug community, the Warami Mittigar Walks will give participants a chance to spend time with a local Aboriginal custodian learning about connections to land, as well as traditional plant uses, hunting methods and tools.

New residents and visitors are also encouraged to take Parramatta’s flagship walking tour, Connect with Your City. Delivered in a number of different languages including English, Mandarin and Korean, the inclusive tours are led by friendly local guides, and aim to introduce people to the City’s many food, retail and cultural offerings.

Other exciting Festival events include the Feisty Females coach tour, which visits sites like the Female Orphan School and Elizabeth Farm, and Sawbones to Specialists – a detailed exploration of the evolution of medicine in Australia.

Some of the City’s key heritage venues will host special events throughout the Festival. For more information and a full list of activities visit the Heritage and Visitor Information page.