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 convenient.

  • 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.

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  • 1820s – Stagecoach travel on Parramatta Road gained considerable leverage over river crossings.
  • 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:

  • Ultimo
  • Glebe
  • Forest Lodge
  • Annandale
  • Leichhardt
  • Haberfield
  • Five Dock
  • Concord

The following suburbs are bordered by Parramatta Road on the north:

  • Chippendale
  • Camperdown
  • Stanmore
  • Lewisham
  • Petersham
  • Summer Hill
  • Ashfield
  • Croydon
  • Burwood

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 this campaign:

  • 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:

  • Leichhardt
  • Marrickville
  • Ashfield
  • Burwood
  • Strathfield
  • Canada Bay
  • Auburn