Discover the Indigenous heritage of Parramatta, on Darug country.

On Sunday 1 March the annual Eel Festival returns to Elizabeth Farm. This family-friendly event celebrates Parramatta’s namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local Burramattagal people, who would gather in autumn to trade goods and share stories and food.

The day begins with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony followed by performances and workshops as community comes together to celebrate Indigenous culture and connect to country.

There'll be Darug language workshops, storytelling at the yarning circle, weaving, boomerang painting and more.

The day also includes the opportunity to get up close with eels, attend talks and tours, and taste delicious food.

Learn about bush foods and traditional cookery techniques with Uncle Fred from Fred’s Bush Tucker. 

Join Sydney Living Museums’ colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling in the kitchen as she demonstrates how to prepare collared eel using an 1816 recipe.

Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a selection of food available for purchase on the day. Treat yourself to traditional bush foods prepared in innovative ways by Kallico Catering or grab a tea or coffee from Nomadic Cafe.

Enjoy a Devonshire Tea in the Elizabeth Farm Tearoom.

Take a tour of the colonial homestead and hear about the connections between John and Elizabeth Macarthur and the local Aboriginal people.

We pay respect to the First People of this land that Elizabeth Farm sits on, the Darug people, and acknowledge their ongoing connections and custodianship.

Download the event program [PDF]


Performers at Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm

Performers at Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm.

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

Maya Jovanic with her young cousin, Lexie Bacci, enjoying the Eel Festival

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums. 

Free event

Registration recommended

When & Where

Sunday 1 March 2020 10AM–3PM

Elizabeth Farm

70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142
+61 2 9635 9488

Transport information

There is free but limited on-street parking on Alice Street. 

The 909 bus from Parramatta Station stops near Elizabeth Farm. This bus departs from Stand B at the Parramatta Bus Interchange. Hop off on the corner of Alice and Alfred streets and we’re only about 100 metres away. Plan your trip at