Lake Parramatta Reserve and recreation area

With more than 70 hectares of bushland to explore and only two kilometres from the Parramatta CBD, a visit to Lake Parramatta is the perfect way to enjoy a sunny Sydney day by the water.

With the lake open for swimming from October each year, the Summer season is the time to shake winter off and reserve a spot by the water, with fully patrolled by lifeguards.

Hire your choice of boat from Parramatta Rowboats with kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, stand-up paddle boards and row boats on offer.

Take a stroll around one of three walking tracks, from She-oak track (1.5 kilometres-return) to the Banksia Track (2.4 kilometres-return), as well as the 4.2 kilometres Lake Circuit that winds its way around the periphery of the Lake.

Enjoy a Picnic, barbecue and the Playgrounds, pull up a patch of grass or choose a rock overlooking the water.

A significant place for the traditional owners of the land, evidence still remains of the regular usage of and occupation by the Aboriginal-Burramattagal clan within Lake Parramatta Reserve and Hunts Creek. Look out for shelter caves, hand-stencils, stone-flaking, tree scars and midden-deposits, as well as a Bushfoods Garden.

Nearby events

  1. Parramatta Heritage Festival

    Thursday 25 April 2019 to Sunday 19 May 2019 , Parramatta

    Connecting People, Places and the Past: celebrating Parramatta’s rich heritage and culture. Parramatta’s unique and diverse heritage will go on display through a rich program of events, activities and talks planned to coincide with the…

    25 Apr - 19 May
  2. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Friday 03 May 2019 , Parramatta

    Over 20 farmers and producers from the Sydney basin and regional NSW will be selling high quality, authentic local, seasonal produce directly from growers and artisan food producers. Come early and enjoy breakfast whilst you shop or…

    26 Apr - 03 May