Duration: 2-3 hours
Price Guide: $10
To make the most of the historical sites on this walk, aim to go on a Thursday during the day when all of the different locations noted should be open to the public.
Catch a Western or Cumberland Blue Mountains train to Parramatta Station
On the northern side of the train line, walk west along Darcy Street to Church Street and turn right into the Mall.
St Johns Cathedral is on the left-hand side. Built in 1802, the twin towers of the cathedral date from 1819. They are open for visitors Thursday and Friday 10.00am-2.00pm.
Walk north along the Mall and turn right on Macquarie Street. Turn left on Smith Street.
Continue north until you reach the Parramatta River. Cross the Barry Wilde Bridge.
The Barry Wilde Bridge over the Parramatta River.
Turn left off the bridge and take the Riverside Walk to Church Street.
This is where you’ll find the Visitor Information Centre. Cross the river again over Lennox Bridge – a sandstone bridge built by convicts between 1836 and 1839.
Walk south along Church Street, turn right at Phillip Street and left on Marsden Street.
On your right hand side is Brislington – the oldest residence in central Parramatta, it was built in 1821 by former convict John Hodges (open to the public on the second and last Thursdays of each month).
Continue south on Marsden Street and turn right on George Street and enter Parramatta Park.
The George Street Gatehouse – built by Governor Phillip in 1885.
Take the right hand fork in the Park until you reach the Dairy Precinct.
The Dairy Precinct is a cottage built in 1798, later converted to a dairy by Governor Macquarie in 1813. It is open daily 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Cross to the road on the other side of the cottage and turn left back towards the city centre.
You’ll pass the Governors Bath House and Macquarie Street Gatehouse.
Continue west along Macquarie Street and right at O’Connell Street.
St Johns Cemetery, on the right hand side of O’Connell Street, is Australia’s oldest Christian cemetery and the final resting place of Governor Phillip’s servant, Henry Dodd (the Colony’s first marked grave). The cemetery is open year round during daylight hours.
Continue along O’Connell Street and turn left at Campbell Street. Turn left at Church Street, returning to Parramatta Train Station.