The accommodation and tourism sector in the City of Parramatta is thriving. Demand for accommodation is increasing annually. Since 2011, overnight stays have almost doubled to more than 5 million in 2017-18.

Accommodation and tourism

By late 2021, it is estimated there will be an additional 900 guest rooms across the city, an increase of 41% on the current supply. A 4.5-star hotel to be operated by a major international chain will be built in the new South Quarter development in the Auto Alley precinct. 

Between now and 2036, an extra 518,000 visitors are expected in the City. When completed, an extra 1 million visitors each year are also expected to visit the new Powerhouse Precinct.

Image of the front of the Mantra Hotel ideally situated in the middle of the CBD within easy walking distances to retail shopping and corporate office space

Events and entertainment in Parramatta

An estimated 14 million people attend events, concerts and performances at Sydney Olympic Park each year. Out-of-town and interstate visitors are likely to use accommodation services in Parramatta when they attend these events. 

In 2018, 260,000 people enjoyed major events and festivals in and around the Parramatta CBD, Parramatta Park and river foreshores. Almost 172,000 people attended shows at the Riverside Theatres.

Image of the lighted designer archway that spanned over the entry to the Parramatta's 2019 Winterlight Festival

Cultural heritage sites and tours

Aboriginal elder Uncle Chris Tobin taking visitors on a Warami Mittigar cultural tour

Cultural heritage sites and tours

Just over 72,500 people visited cultural heritage sites and took tours in 2018-19, an increase of almost 24% since 2014-15. Visitation is heavily influenced by special events and anniversaries. Opening times and the range of tours now available has expanded over that time in response to the increased interest.

Parramatta and Bicentennial Parklands

Bicentennial Parklands in Sydney Olympic Park

Parramatta and Bicentennial Parklands

Almost 2 million people enjoyed Parramatta Park in 2018-19 and 3 million people visited the Bicentennial Parklands. Around 80,000 cyclists made the most of the 35km of bike paths. In Parramatta North, just over 7 hectares of new public open space will be developed, including a new river foreshore park, drawing more visitors to the region and providing a new venue for outdoor events.