Harris Park Heritage Trail
This self-guided 2.4 kilometre Heritage Walk heads east along the river from Parramatta Wharf to Harris Park to discover some of Parramatta's noteworthy and significant historical properties and landmarks. Set in a thriving city, this walk will take you back into history to see colonial sites that have been lovingly kept as time capsules dedicated to the hard-working figures who made Parramatta what it is today. Hambledon Cottage, built in 1824, exhibits beautiful Georgian architecture and was the second house of Macarthur, pioneer of the early Australian wool industry and commandment of the Parramatta settlement in the 1790s. Elizabeth Farm, named after Macarthur's wife, was used to successfully breed sheep suited to the Australian land. Experiment Farm Cottage was set up in 1789 by James Ruse, an ex-convict farmer who received the colony's very first land grant. Guided by signposts along the way, experience life as it was in the early days of Parramatta.