The Parramatta River is an intermediate tide dominated, drowned valley estuary located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The Parramatta River is the main tributary of Sydney Harbour, a branch of Port Jackson. Secondary tributaries include the smaller Lane Cove and Duck rivers.Arrange your visit to Parramatta River and discover more family-friendly attractions in Sydney using our Sydney trip builder app .
Formed by the confluence of Toongabbie Creek and Darling Mills Creek at North Parramatta, the river flows in an easterly direction to a line between Yurulbin, Birchgrove and Manns Point, Greenwich. Here it flows into Port Jackson, about from the Tasman Sea.
The total catchment area of the river is approximately and is tidal to Charles Street Weir in Parramatta, approximately from the Sydney Heads.
The land adjacent to the Parramatta River was occupied for many thousands of years by the Burramattagal, Toongagal, Wallumattagal, Wangal, and Wategora Aboriginal peoples. They used the river as an important source of food and a place for trade.
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Catching the Rivercat, a low wash catamaran-ferry from Parramatta to the city along the river is excitement personified.. Forget traffic while you sit back and revel at the scenery on the 90 min trip ... more »
By taking a ferry ride along the Parramatta River you not only get a spectacular one hour ride along a beautiful river but you get an insight into the history of Sydney. Past old industrial sites, Nav... more »
The riverfront at Parramatta is a great place for a walk, run or other forms of exercise. The stairs on the northern side nearest the Ferry Terminal are great to run up and down and you can run around the block and back along the river to mix it up. From the riverfront you can run west to Parramatta Park and do the 3.1km loop or shorter variations before heading back. You can head east past the ferry terminal and over the Gas Works Bridge and follow the north side of the river connecting to the cycleway network along the river.
Great bike tracks along the Newington Armory side.
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