Fashion blogger @ootdstylistaa

Hi, I’m Nisha. I’m a fashion and lifestyle blogger based in Sydney but Parramatta has my heart.

So far this Summer I've ticked a few items off my Parramatta bucket list, including cycling along the river, exploring some of the heritage buildings, and visiting the brand spanking new eateries at Parramatta Square. Here's how I recommend you spend a Summer's day out in Parramatta.

My perfect Summer's day out started with a relaxing ride along the Parramatta Valley Cycleway. I picked up a gorgeous retro-vintage bike from Addvantageous @Parramatta Bike Hub and started my cycle at Parramatta Park – an absolute gem of a place for leisurely walks, pretty heritage buildings, picnics, and even a luxe high tea.

The Parramatta Valley Cycleway hugs the Parramatta river, passing some interesting indigenous art and the ferry wharf before getting deeper into the mangroves and wetlands. There are so many heritage spots along the route and I couldn't resist stopping to admire the Whitlam Institute, a beautiful old building originally used as an orphanage school for girls.

Then I circled back around and parked my bike at Hambledon Cottage for a guided tour. Parramatta has a whole bunch of tours to choose from and it was great hearing about the stories of this gorgeous heritage building. I just love the Georgian-style bungalow with those gorgeous big French windows and pretty veranda.

Of course, a big morning out wouldn’t be complete without stopping somewhere for a well-deserved refreshing drink after.

I’d heard that Parramatta Square is looking pretty schmick so I tried out their newly opened bar The Ruse Bar & Brasserie for some drinks. Rivareno Gelato has an amazing range of flavours too which is hard for someone with a sweet tooth to resist!

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