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River & Waterways

Lake Parramatta

Due to weather conditions, FRNSW has postponed the low-intensity hazard reduction burn scheduled for today.
FRNSW will continue to assess conditions, and schedule the hazard reduction burn when appropriate.


Lake Parramatta Reserve bushfire hazard reduction activity Tuesday 21 March

Temporary closures

On behalf of City of Parramatta Council, Fire + Rescue NSW (FRNSW) will conduct a hazard reduction burn around Lake Parramatta Reserve.

Weather conditions permitting, the hazard reduction burn will be conducted on Tuesday, 21 March, between 8am and 6pm.
Walking trails around Lake Parramatta and the swimming area will be closed. For more information, please see our bushfire hazard reduction activity page.


Lake Parramatta is located in Lake Parramatta Reserve, a 73 hectare protected wildlife area.

The lake is 10.5 hectares in size and was officially re-opened for public swimming and water recreation activities in January 2015.
Its reopening marked an important step for the 'Our Living River' an initiative which seeks to make more of the Parramatta River swimmable by 2025. 

The Lake Parramatta Reserve is popular with visitors who enjoy picnics, swimming, aquatic activities such as kayaking, and bush walking.
For information on getting to Lake Parramatta and swimming at the lake, please see our Swimming at Lake Parramatta page.

2023 planned upgrades

Follow the Lake Parramatta upgrade on Participate Parramatta.


In 2021, City of Parramatta commissioned a concept plan for improvements to the Lake Parramatta swimming area and began the process of applying for NSW Government grants to fund the project.

Council’s grant application was successful, and in late 2022 we began community consultation around the proposed upgrades.
The key aims of the project are: 

  • to improve access to the designated swimming area
  • to enhance safety and comfort at the site (shade, amenity).

Planning and community consultation will continue in 2023. A refined concept design and a Review of Environmental Factors is planned for public exhibition early in the year.

It is intended that works will commence in April 2023 and be completed by the end of the year for the 2023/24 swimming season.

For more information, and to follow the project, please see Lake Parramatta Swimming Area Upgrade.

Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with City of Parramatta.

The Places to Play program is part of the Open Spaces Program, a $50million investment in public open space across three streams: Places to Play, Places to Swim, and Places to Roam.

Places to Play supports investment in nature and water playspaces to promote recreation and connection with nature for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

For more information see Places to Play.

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