Special Events

Special Event Tours

Local Government Week – Urban Dynamics

Parramatta is changing fast. Look at recent advances in the city and discover where the next five years will take us.

Date: Sunday 4 August

When: 10am – 11:30am Meet: Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre

Suitable for: Adults Cost: $5 per person

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Sydney Science Festival – The Science of Archaeology

This walking tour will visit some key archaeological sites in Parramatta, using each to illustrate a different aspect of the science and technology utilised in modern archaeology.

Date: Sunday 11 August

When: 10am – 1pm Meet: Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre

Suitable for: Adults, children 7 and up Cost: $20

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Sydney Science Festival – Pandemic in Parramatta

Join us, on this centenary anniversary year of the Spanish Flu pandemic in Parramatta, for an event where social history and medical virology will intersect to explore the profound impact of the disease on our local communities.

Date: Wednesday 14 August

When: 6pm – 8pm Meet: Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre

Suitable for: Adults Cost: $5

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Sydney Science Festival – Bush Medicine Workshops

Join us in an exploration of Aboriginal medicine at an interactive workshop, which includes a bushwalk and a learning circle.

Date: Saturday 17 August

When: 10am – 1pm Meet: Lake Parramatta

Suitable for: Adults, children 7 and up Cost: $20 per person

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Sydney Science Festival – From Sawbones to Specialists

On this fascinating walk, discover how developments in scientific and medical knowledge have influenced the treatment of patients and their ailments from colonial days to the current time.

Date: Sunday 18 August

When: 10am – 12:30pm Meet: Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre

Suitable for: Adults Cost: $10 per person

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History Week and Parramatta Heritage Weekend – World Heritage Wonders

This comprehensive walking tour of a World Heritage site includes entry and guided tours of elegant Old Government House and the historically significant Dairy Cottage, lunch and a guided tour of Parramatta Park.

Date: Saturday 7 September, Sunday 3 November

When: 10:45am – 2:45pm Meet: Dairy Cottage, Byrnes Ave Parramatta

Suitable for: Adults Cost: $45 per person

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International Day of Peace – Women’s Textile Circle

To celebrate the International Day of Peace, local women of all backgrounds are invited to stitch and show their favourite textile crafts, while sharing aspects of their traditional cultures. Bring some finger food to share.

Date: Thursday 19 September

When: 10am – 12pm Meet: Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre

Suitable for: Adults Cost: $45 per person

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World Mental Health Day – Treating the Troubled Mind

Join us on a coach journey through the evolution of Australian mental health treatment, from colonial times to the cutting-edge treatments of today. Includes on-site walking tours.

Date: Thursday 10 October

When: 10am – 2:15pm Meet: Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre

Suitable for: Adults Cost: $15 per person

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Parramatta Lanes Festival – Ochre Painting Workshop

Join with a traditional custodian to adorn the trees along the river with ochre designs.

Date: Wednesday 16 October

When: 3pm – 5pm Meet: Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre

Suitable for: Everyone Cost: $5 per person

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Parramatta Lanes Festival – Hidden Gems of Parramatta

Unearth the stories behind Parramatta’s hidden lanes, artworks and monuments.

Date: Friday 18 October

When: 3pm – 5pm Meet: Parramatta Library, Fitzwilliam Street

Suitable for: Adults Cost: $5 per person

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Parramatta Heritage Weekend – Fiesty Females

Celebrate Parramatta’s unsung heroines on this relaxed coach tour visiting a wide range of Parramatta's significant heritage sites, including the Female Orphan School, Elizabeth Farm and World Heritage listed Parramatta Park.

Date: Saturday 2 November

When: 10am – 12pm Meet: Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre

Suitable for: Adults Cost: $10 per person

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Parramatta Heritage Weekend – Children’s Activities

Watch out for our free children’s craft and games at Foundation Day Celebrations. Visit Discover Parramatta for details.

Date: Sunday 3 November

Suitable for: Children aged 5-11 Cost: Free