Swimming at Lake Parramatta

Swimmers enjoying swimming at Lake Parramatta

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
  • Non-motorised boating facilities
  • Children’s playground
  • Off-street car park
  • Walking trails
  • Public toilets
  • BBQs
  • Picnic facilities
  • Visitors kiosk open on weekends

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, it is important that people remember to look out for each other when swimming or boating. 

Water Quality

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.