Loy Krathong

Discover the sights, sounds and flavours of Thailand as Parramatta foreshore explodes with colour and energy at the annual celebration of Loy Krathong.

As Sydney’s largest water festival, Loy Krathong will see a host of entertainment, arts & crafts, exhibitions and workshops showcasing the tradition and culture of Thailand.

Among the highlights of the festival is the ‘Krathong’ ritual at sunset, transforming the river into a visually stunning waterscape. Hundreds of lotus-shaped vessels will be launched onto the water in a ritual believed to carry away bad luck and bring good fortune for the coming year.

With plenty of delicious food outlets and a spectacular fireworks display, there will be lots for the whole family to enjoy including:

Event highlights

  • Local and International Thai performances and dancers
  • Muay Thai Boxing demonstrations
  • Interactive workshops for all ages
  • Enjoy tasty traditional food stalls
  • Launch your Krathong on the river at sunset
  • Fire dancers and roving performers
  • Win a trip for two to Thailand courtesy of Thai Airways
  • Enjoy a spectacular waterfall and fireworks display

How to get there

The best way to travel is by public transport.

  • By Bus
    Parramatta is well served by local buses which all use the interchange on Argyle Street.
  • By Train
    Parramatta is serviced by most major and local train lines. Parramatta River is a 10 minute walk from the station.
  • By Ferry
    The Parramatta River service travels between Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Parramatta Wharf on Saturdays between 7am and 7pm, the journey takes approx. 1 hour, 20 mins. The ferry arrives at Parramatta Wharf on Charles St along the river foreshore.
    For information on all public transport options in and out of Parramatta - fares, timetables and routes visit Transport Info at or call 131 500.
  • By Car
    Parramatta is 24km from central Sydney with good road connections including Parramatta Road, Victoria Road, and the M4 Motorway. From Western Sydney take the Great Western Hwy, M4, Old Windsor Road, Woodville Road or Cumberland Hwy.
    Lennox Bridge, David Frater and Erby Place car parks are all on Phillip Street just moments from Church Street. Other car parks include Horwood Place, Hunter Street and Wentworth Street.
  • On Foot
    Stroll down to the river foreshore accessible from Lennox St Bridge off Church St, Barry Wilde Bridge off Wilde Ave and Phillip St, Elizabeth Street Footbridge and from Charles St.

Further information

For any event enquiries please call Parramatta City Council on 9806 5050 or email

Proudly hosted by Parramatta City Council with event partners Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Australian Thai Association of NSW and local businesses.

Check out footage from the 2012 event:

Proudly hosted by:

Event Partners:

Royal Thai Consulate Amazing Thailand Thai-Australian Association of NSW

Sponsored by:

Thailand Board of Investment    DITP     Thai Airways

Visitor InformationVisitor Information

Event start:
22nd Nov 2014 5:00pm
Event end:
22nd Nov 2014 10:00pm
Venue: Riverbank
Parramatta River between Lennox St and Elizabeth St Bridges
Phone: (02) 8839 3398
Cost: FREE to watch
Contact name: Events
Contact phone: 9806 5050


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