Parramatta River, Sydney

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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.
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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  • The foreshores of the Parramatta River have a lot of wildlife including migratory birds which can be seen from the many bay walks around Canada Bay. The ferry from circular quay to Parramatta is a lov...  more »
  • We decided to travel on the River Cat ferry to Parramatta and spent a very enjoyable couple of hours on the river, taking in the changing scenery along the way. When we arrived in Parramatta, we were ...  more »
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  • 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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