Heritage still in its original garden settings

My husband (Alan Rodger, pictured) and I once lived in Melbourne, now we live in Glasgow Scotland, our country of birth. We are not young but whenever we escape Scottish weather to visit Sydney we are sure to visit Parramatta. Sydney and Parramatta are within sight of each other with only 24km between them. It’s an interesting journey by river ferry or, during our most recent trip, by “double decker” train from Central Station Sydney to the smartly modernised but heritage, Parramatta Station.

There are so many early domestic and Colonial Government buildings to see in town, but not so far apart that we could not walk to many on our day tour. Sydney has lost many early buildings but in Parramatta they are still in their garden settings. From the excavations and display cases at the “Philip Ruddock Heritage” site to experimental farms with convict handmade bricks and period interiors to tour, and on to Old Government House (which housed a few Scottish Governors and guests in its day) and its Unesco World Heritage park setting we appreciated the early NSW history.

The modern Parramatta city centre is looking good and getting ever taller. We ended our busy day on the 26th floor of the “V by Crown” building at stylish “Nick and Nora’s” a huge bar with good food and its 270-degree view stretching to Harbour Bridge. We picked up the great little guide booklet “Discover Parramatta” or you can see it online. Next time we need to stay in Parramatta and see more.

Peter Macaulay

Peter Macaulay
Avid traveller from Scotland