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River & Waterways

Lake Parramatta

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

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for upgrades to Lake Parramatta Swimming Area will be on public exhibition from 9am Monday 14 August until 5pm on Monday 11 September 2023. Submissions are welcome. To learn more follow the link below.

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).

Responding to community feedback on the initial concept design, a refined concept design was placed on public exhibition in mid-2023.

In July 2023, Council approved the revised concept plan for the upgrade at Lake Parramatta. Further updates will be provided when construction start dates are confirmed.    

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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