24 HOURS IN Parramatta, Aus­tralia

Bruce Gosper, Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sioner to Sin­ga­pore


» WHERE TO EAT There are lots of eater­ies high­light­ing Aus­tralia’s multi-cul­tural com­mu­nity. Sahra By The River is a favourite; it of­fers fresh Le­banese food and a beau­ti­ful po­si­tion on the river. Or try But­ter Parramatta – you can never go wrong with fried chicken and a glass of bubbly. Feel­ing a lit­tle home­sick? Te­masek Restau­rant serves au­then­tic Malaysian-sin­ga­porean dishes like Chicken Rice, Laksa and King Prawn in Sin­ga­pore Chilli Sauce.

» WHERE TO DRINK A wa­ter­ing hole worth a visit is Nick & Nora’s. Lo­cated on the 26th floor of V by Crown build­ing, you can ex­pect a stun­ning view of the Blue Moun­tains and Har­bour Bridge while sip­ping on tasty tip­ples, such as Se­duc­tive Senorita. A flo­ral con­coc­tion of Tan­queray 10 gin, dry sherry and el­der­flower, gar­nished with Span­ish olives. » WHERE TO STAY Travel a lit­tle fur­ther (from the main sta­tion) for great ac­com­mo­da­tion at the Wil­liam Inglis Ho­tel. Lo­cated on Gov­er­nor Mac­quarie Drive, the eight-level ho­tel cel­e­brates Wil­liam Inglis and his fam­ily’s rac­ing and thor­ough­bred his­tory. Each of its 144 gue­strooms are named after a cham­pi­onship race­horse. The ho­tel’s pièce de ré­sis­tance is the Chiltern Pool Deck & Bar. Called after Inglis’ Chiltern Sta­bles in New­mar­ket, the deck fea­tures a lux­u­ri­ous 20-me­tre in­fin­ity pool over­look­ing the 300acre race­course.

» WHAT TO DO Watch a game of rugby league at the new Parramatta Sta­dium and fol­low the mighty Parramatta Eels (Parramatta is an Abo­rig­i­nal word for “where the eels are”). Or go for the Her­itage Walk and visit some of the colo­nial sites in Parramatta, Aus­tralia’s sec­ond old­est city.

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