Parking in Parramatta: A Map of Where to Park in Parramatta

Parramatta is becoming Sydney's second CBD, but as this cultural hub grow parking becomes more tricky.

Finding parking in Parramatta can be difficult, especially if you are hoping to nab free, all day and on street parking without driving around pointlessly. 

So whether you are shopping at Parramatta Westfield, grabbing a bite to eat on Church Street (Eat Street), relaxing near the Parramatta River or Parramatta Park, let the Parramatta Parking Finder by Spot be your guide to finding parking in Parramatta.

Free Parking in Parramatta

For a quick visit, there are a range of 15-minute parking available, great if you are popping into a shop or picking some of the delicious food Parramatta has to offer. Find these spots in the following Parramatta City centre streets:

  • Parramatta CBD: Marsden Street, Phillip St, Smith Street and Church Street south of Argyle Street

  • Ross Street between Villiers and Sorrell Street

  • Grose Street between Villiers and Sorrell Street

For an even shorter trip, 5-minute free parking is near local schools, Parramatta Train station, the Parramatta Central Library and post offices. Perfect for picking up or dropping someone off legally and without the fear of being fined:

  • Macquarie Street between Smith and Charles Street

  • Villers Street

For a more extended visit, there is a range of free parking options around Parramatta, to find these coveted spots check out our Parramatta Parking Finder. All you need to do is enter the day, duration and time of your visit, the Parking Finder will show you the free parking options.

For free parking near Parramatta Westfield try:

  • Bobart Street

  • Early Street

  • King Street

For free parking near Parramatta Train station try:

  • Station Street

  • Ada Street

All Day Parking in Parramatta

All day parking in Parramatta is a little harder to come across and might require a bit of walking or payment.

There are on-street metered parking spaces in the city centre and surrounding areas with parking fee as little as $9 for 10 hours:

  • George Street

  • Stewart Street

  • Early Street

To find the all day parking close to your office or where you plan to visit, check out our Parramatta Parking Finder.

Paid Street Parking in Parramatta

If you want to skip the multi-level car parks in Parramatta and park on the street, there are over 7,000 parking meters across Parramatta

Overall, the rates for street parking in Parramatta are reasonably cheap, but the more popular areas are at a higher cost.

Here are the hourly rates for the different areas:

  • $4.00 per hour - CBD (Central)

  • $3.00 per hour - North Parramatta (north of Parramatta River, except Church Street and the southern part of the CBD between Church Street, Parkes Street, the railway line and Raymond Street)

  • $2.00 per hour - After 6 pm and all day Saturday for operating meters

  • $2.00 per hour - Where there is 10-hour parking or all day parking

All meters accept coins (10 cents minimum) and major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Diners, and Amex). To see all of the paid parking in Parramatta check the Parramatta Parking Finder.

Car Parks in Parramatta

There are also several car parks in Parramatta, perfect if you want to avoid searching for on street parking. The prices range from $3 (for up to one hour) to $26 (for the day).

The five main car parks in Parramatta are:

  • Eat Street

  • City Centre

  • Riverbank

  • Parramatta Train Station

  • Justice Precinct

The Parramatta Parking Finder can provide you with information about the hourly rate of these car parks.

Disabled Parking in Parramatta

Drivers with disabilities can display their Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) on the windscreen of their vehicle, for the following concessions:

  • in a metered, coupon or ticket parking area - no charge

  • is limited by a sign to more than 30 minutes - park for an unlimited time

  • is limited by a sign for 30 minutes - park for two hours

  • is limited by a sign to less than 30 minutes - park for a maximum of 30 minutes

The Parramatta Parking Finder includes information about the accessible parking bays. All of the accessible parking spots are rated based on particular needs, including the Size Of Space, Hoist Suitability and Kerb Ramp Access. 

Parking in Parramatta does not need to be a headache when you use the Parramatta Parking Finder by Spot.

University Street Parking in Sydney

Sydney universities often encourage their students and staff to use public transport, walk or cycle into university. Although all these options are great, sometimes driving to uni is the most convenient option and Spot is here to help.

Universities in Sydney like The University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, The University of Notre Dame and University of New South Wales do not offer a lot of parking on campus, and if they do it is very expensive. Other parking options around these universities include parking at nearby parking stations which can be a $20 flat rate but that can quickly add up if you use it a few times a week. Metered street parking is not better, as prices can be as expensive as $7.20 per hour.

So with the new semester starting, we thought it would be helpful to show uni-goers the best places to find parking near uni, especially when there is free parking on the streets near campus. Check out our Sydney Parking Finder to find your next parking spot for uni: https://sydney.spotparking.com.au/parking-finder

The University of Sydney - Camperdown/ Darlington Campus

The University of Sydney is located across Camperdown and Darlington, and is walking distance from Redfern train station, where a lot of students make the journey to uni down Abercrombie Street. You can find quite a bit of free parking in the streets of Darlington that range from one hour, two hours and even all day parking. Chippendale is also a great option for parking as it is just a quick walk through Victoria Park to Fisher Library and only a short walk to Cleveland Street and Shepherd Street.

University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

UTS spreads across Haymarket and Ultimo. Although, Haymarket and Ultimo do not offer a lot of free parking, there is some paid parking in these areas. However, if you are in Building 11 and Building 10 for your classes and do not mind a bit of a walk, there is free parking on MacArthur Street next to the International Grammar School Sydney. Chippendale is the best option for free parking, near the University of Notre Dame you can find free parking ranging from 1 hour to all day parking.

The University of Notre Dame

Located in Chippendale, the University of Notre Dame has some hidden gems when it comes to free parking. The leafy streets of Chippendale offer a mix of paid and free parking with free spots ranging from 1 hour to all day parking. Abercrombie Street acts as a divide between free parking and paid parking, where you will find paid parking behind Central Park Mall for $4.90 per hour between 8am - 6pm and $2.90 per hour from 6pm - 10pm.

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Getting to UNSW in Randwick has often been considered a struggle by many uni-goers. The main form of public transport for UNSW has been buses but there is soon to be a light rail option. Parking in nearby suburbs is also an alternative answer to avoiding the long lines to getting on the bus. Coogee offers many streets of free parking for the whole day, where it is only a short walk to the bus stop to get on the 370, 316, 317, 400 to get to campus. These streets are also a great place for Coogee Beach parking.

Where Will the Future of Mobility Take Us?

The way we travel from A to B is evolving and Spot Parking is a part of this change. The future of mobility is not focused on the cars on our roads, it is about data and how well the different sectors can manage it within a mobility ecosystem. The future will rely on “Mobility as a Service” also known as MaaS as a mobility solution; Spot’s data serves as a foundation layer for such mobility services and innovation.

There is a future world that involves less car crashes, traffic jams and time spent away from what is at the end of point B, whether it be work, home or leisure. The emergence of electric cars, autonomous vehicles and the continual growth of car and ride sharing will play a large role in how we move towards this future. However, a lot still needs to happen for us to get there.

Mobility Right Now

Currently, mobility solutions are being approached in a siloed manner. To use different mobility platforms like the train, an O-Bike or Uber involves you having to create a unique user profile and use a different app to complete each mobility experience. Moreover, they do not communicate with each other. This is called a closed ecosystem and it is stopping users from having a better, more seamless experience across multiple channels and devices.

The Future is Coming

The Australian government is changing the way they see and respond to the transport ecosystem. They are having a more data-focused, agile and user focused approach to take advantage of the capabilities that will prepare Australia for the future of mobility. The future of mobility involves city planners working with the private sector to operate and maintain critical mobility infrastructure that enables an open ecosystem. This is where Spot gets involved.

An open ecosystem allows for a system that can offer more flexible products, services and thus experiences for the user. In relation to mobility, users can have access to every mobility option from one point and enjoy an integrated end-to-end service across different mobility options.

The Global Database for Smart City Mobility

Spot provides powerful, real time information to both the public and private sector to help orchestrate seamless customer and user experiences. With the future of mobility being a part of the sharing economy, Spot’s platform encourages data exchange to support customer mobility ecosystems.

Visit our Sydney Parking Finder to see how our data will play a role in the way we move around our smart cities: https://sydney.spotparking.com.au/parking-finder

How to Find Free Parking in Sydney CBD

Sydney CBD Parking Sign

Attempting to find cheap or free parking on the streets of the Sydney CBD is often considered pointless.

High prices combined with the time-consuming task of scanning the streets to find on-street parking is an exercise that many drivers would be unfortunately familiar with. While councils usually discourage parking in the city, public transport is struggling to keep up with the growing number of visitors to the CBD.

Street parking rates
Many streets in the Sydney CBD are often exclusively reserved for loading zones during the work week. When there is street parking available, it’s usually $7.20 per hour for a maximum of 2 hours during work hours (8am - 6pm), and then 4 hours maximum after 6pm at $3.90 per hour. The off-peak rate of $3.90 also applies on weekends.

But don’t lose hope.

You can find free parking in the CBD if you know where to look. With the help of Spot Parking you’ll know where all the hidden parking spots are in the Sydney CBD.

Check out our Parking Finder where you can find on-street parking in Sydney CBD, Pyrmont, Surry Hills and Redfern. Our Parking Finder shows you the current parking rules for paid parking, free parking and disabled parking. You can also find what the future parking rules will be and what the parking rate is at a certain period of time.

Spot Parking is here to help make the last mile of your trip easier.

Thanks Berlin! Next Stop Copenhagen...

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Last week I embarked on a tour of Europe with an Austrade delegation. First stop was Berlin, arguably the startup capital of the continent, where we were hosted by the Australian Ambassador to Germany Lynette Wood welcoming the Austrade delegation to Europe. 


Having spent the week at an intense bootcamp, we’ve now arrived in Copenhagen to kick off the ITS congress.  For me, this trip is not only about introducing Spot Parking to a wider audience - although, telling our international friends the possibilities that our technology presents is no bad thing. The AusTrade cohort is actually pretty special this year as it is the first one to focus entirely on a single sector - mobility and transport.  


Australia has so much to offer in this sector and it is exciting to be here alongside other inspirational Australian based startups. What I am most excited about at the congress is the opportunity to connect, learn and share between Europe and Australia in the mobility, smart city and autonomous vehicle sectors. Learning from each other and building better cities around the world. I’ll be sharing trends, insights and a little bit of news from the congress, so stay tuned.

Elizabeth Zealand is the CEO of Spot Parking

What's parking got to do with safety?

Ask someone what they think the main impact on pedestrian safety is and most will say speeding. However, in heavily congested areas, pedestrian safety is slightly more nuanced.

When we are talking about heavily congested areas we are talking about congestion in terms of both pedestrians and vehicles.  Picture a local school at drop off or pick up times and you will probably picture an element of chaos, with parents and children crossing roads, impatient drivers stuck in traffic, and cars strewn along the roadside.

There are actually two behaviours that, when tackled in unison can greatly improve pedestrian safety in heavily congested areas: Speeding, and Illegal Parking.

 

Speeding

It goes without saying that speed kills. Speed impairs a driver’s ability to control their vehicle, increases the distance travelled while the driver reacts to the potential collision, and increases the possibility of a fatality in the event of a pedestrian impact.

Research shows that if a pedestrian is hit at 50km/h, the probability of death increases by over 55% compared with the same accident at 40km/h.

 

Illegal parking

Illegal parking is perhaps less of an obvious factor to pedestrian safety. Nonetheless, research from Europe revealed that 30% to 50% of child pedestrian crashes involved visual obstacles.  These visual obstacles are usually parked cars where children are emerging unsighted to cross the road (Child pedestrian's exposure, accidents and behaviour – Van der Molen).

‘No stopping’ zones are well thought out and positioned in such a way as to maximise visibility for both pedestrians and drivers. Increased fines and demerits in active school zones were introduced to act as a deterrent to ignoring these parking rules, however not everyone realises the implications of being fined within an active school zone.  Parents are often busy, stressed, and rushing when picking up and dropping off children.  What’s more, not everyone is aware of the potentially fatal impact of ‘just stopping for a minute’ and ignoring parking rules in school zones and beyond.

 

How SPOT is helping

In an effort to help change this behaviour, SPOT is proud to have teamed up with the City of Parramatta council to deliver an innovative educational dashboard designed to support onboarding of new parents.

The School Parking Finder dashboard leverages our data collection technology and allows time dynamic visualisation of parking restrictions.

With a simple three colour legend, new parents can easily familiarise themselves with the restrictions around their children’s schools, and plan their journey appropriately.

Significantly, the dashboard also serves as a behavioural prompt – reminding parents of the increased fines and demerits as well as speed limits in school zones.

Now that we have developed this resource, SPOT would like to deploy this project in other schools over NSW and Australia and wants to hear from you if you know of a school which suffers from speeding and illegal parking.

Get in touch: http://www.spotparking.com.au/contact

Check out the School Parking Finder here: https://schoolparking-parramatta.firebaseapp.com

Oliver Lewis is the COO of Spot Parking