Parramatta is a suburb and major commercial centre in Greater Western Sydney, located in the state of New South Wales. It is located approximately 24 kilometres west of CBD on the banks of the Parramatta River. Parramatta is the administrative seat of the local government area of the City of Parramatta and is often regarded as the main business district of Greater Western Sydney. Parramatta also has a long history as a second administrative centre in the Sydney metropolitan region, playing host to a number of state government departments as well as state and federal courts. It is often colloquially referred to as "Parra".
Multicultural Parramatta combines a buzzing commercial area with a developing art and film scene. The Westfield Parramatta mall, trendy bars and Church Street’s global eateries serve young professionals and creative types. Families and tourists explore Parramatta Park’s riverside cycle paths and historic colonial sites like 18th-century Old Government House. Riverside Theatres presents mainstream drama and concerts.
Parramatta railway station is a major transport interchange on the Sydney rail network. It is served by Sydney Trains' Cumberland Line, Inner West & Leppington Line and North Shore & Western Line. NSW TrainLink operate intercity services on the Blue Mountains Line as well as services to rural New South Wales. The station was originally opened in 1855, located in what is now Granville, and known as Parramatta Junction. The station was moved to its current location and opened on 4 July 1860, five years after the first railway line in Sydney was opened, running from Sydney to Parramatta Junction.