Parramatta Road, Sydney, AU
Parramatta Road is a highway
that connects Sydney to Parramatta.
If one delves closely
into Australia’s colonial history, Parramatta Road is almost
always mentioned. Stretching from Broadway, Sydney to Church
Street in Parramatta, Parramatta Road is a mere 23
kilometers long. It is the oldest road in Sydney and
Australia’s first highway between two cities.
Parramatta Road in History:
1788 – Parramatta was
colonized. The main traffic during this time occurred
across Parramatta River as it was then considered more
1790 – The first semblance
of a road, a winding track between Sydney and
Parramatta, was cut through the wild, thick bush.
1814 – Travelling via
stage coach was introduced and established on Parramatta
Road. This led to the building of hotels and other
settlements along the road.
1820s – Stagecoach travel
on Parramatta Road gained considerable leverage over
1855 – Railways led to the decline of Parramatta Road as
a major thoroughfare.
1920s – The popularity of motor cars led to the revival
of Parramatta Road.
The following suburbs are
bordered by Parramatta Road on the south:
- Forest Lodge
- Five Dock
The following suburbs are bordered by Parramatta Road on
- Summer Hill
There came a need in the 1960s to build a bridge across
Parramatta Road to avoid fatal accidents from happening to
students trying to get from Forest Lodge to the university.
In 1970s, work on the bridge was started and completed.
The significance of the Parramatta Road Bridge was:
The Footbridge Theatre became the usual venue of the Sydney
University Drama Society.
Students getting to the university would no longer be in
danger of getting run over by fast moving vehicles.
Crossing the bridge from the University side, students end
up in the old Geology Building.
At present, Parramatta Road is the subject of a government
project to revitalize its presently decrepit and decayed
appearance. The following government offices are involved in
- The Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney
- The Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and
Natural Resources under the guidance of Craig Knowles.
The following local government councils are involved in the
revitalization plan for Parramatta Road:
- Canada Bay