Swimming at Lake Parramatta
PLEASE NOTE: Lake Parramatta is now open, please remember to use caution around waterways. Read about lifeguard operating hours.
Lake Parramatta is located in Lake Parramatta Reserve that is a 73 hectare habitat that is popular for visitors who enjoy picnics, aquatic activities and bush walking.
The lake itself 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' initiative and was launched by the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG). The PRCG is spearheaded by twelve local councils, government agencies and community groups with the aim to set a range of achievable targets to bring currently unusable parts of the river and surrounding creeks back to life.
Lake Parramatta Reserve offers a range of facilities:
- Designated swimming area
- Boat hire
- Non-motorised boating facilities
- Children’s playground
- Off-street car park
- Walking trails
- Public toilets
- Picnic facilities
Entry into Lake Parramatta Reserve is from Lackey Street via Bourke Street North Parramatta.
Safe Swimming at Lake Parramatta
Like most lakes or rivers around NSW, it is recommended that you don't swim for three days following heavy rain because of possible water quality issues. While Council has taken all necessary precautions to make swimming safe, there are a number of key rules you should follow to stay safe at Lake Parramatta. These include:
- Never swim alone and keep watch on each other
- Check conditions before entering
- Enter water slowly, feet first
- Watch out for underwater obstacles such as rocks
- Take care when walking on the uneven slippery lake bed
Lifeguards are typically on duty at Lake Parramatta from late October to late March / early April, from 9am to 6pm:
- every weekend
- on public holidays
- during school holidays.
More information is available here.
City of Parramatta Council manages a comprehensive water quality program to:
- monitor the environmental status of Lake Parramatta
- advise users about any changes in the lake’s water quality conditions.
Transport and parking
Lake Parramatta Reserve offers 68 car spots on site. When the car park is full, parking is available on surrounding streets just a short walk way.
If you are arriving by train, disembark at the Parramatta Interchange - you can then catch a bus from the Parramatta CBD (bus route 609). The bus stops 50m from the entrance to Lake Parramatta every hour, Monday to Saturday, and three times on Sundays. Alternatively, buses that travel along Windsor Road and Pennant Hills Road include stops about 500m from the Lake Parramatta entrance.
To plan your journey visit Transport for NSW or call 131 500.