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Swimming

Swimming at Lake Parramatta

Lake Parramatta is located in Lake Parramatta Reserve, a 73 hectare habitat popular with visitors who enjoy picnics, aquatic activities and bush walking.

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' initiative and was launched by the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG).

The PRCG is spearheaded by 12 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.

Facilities

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
  • BBQs
  • picnic facilities
  • a cafe

Entrance

Entry into Lake Parramatta Reserve is from Lackey Street via Bourke Street, North Parramatta.

Safe swimming at Lake Parramatta

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Lake and River Swimming Safety Tips:

30% of drowning deaths occur in natural water ways like rivers, lakes and dams. Minimise the risk by:

  • Not swimming alone
  • Know your swimming ability and stay within a suitable depth
  • Wear a buoyancy vest or life jacket
  • Not swimming outside of the designated swimming area
  • Only swimming during patrolled hours
  • Lifeguards will be patrolling the swimming enclosure during the stated hours; this is the safest area to swim
  • Not swimming for three days after heavy rain; there may be submerged objects that could cause injury

It is important to take care when walking on slippery or uneven surfaces around or in water. Conditions should be checked before entering the water slowly, feet first or slide into the water on your bottom. Avoid submerged obstacles, such as tree branches and rocks.

If you get in trouble:

  • Float on your back
  • Try not to panic; relax as much as possible, this will help you to float
  • Stay as still as possible, this will conserve your energy
  • Breath normally
  • Attract attention by raising one arm and/or calling out for help

Avoid Alcohol around water

Alcohol often contributes to drownings. It impairs judgement, encourages greater risk taking behavior, reduces coordination, impairs reaction time and reduces the effectiveness of CPR, should someone require it. On average, approximately 25% of adult drownings deaths each year involve alcohol, with 44% of these occurring near rivers, creeks and streams. A further 9% of these occur in lakes, dams and lagoons.

Learning to swim and learn first aid:

Gain the knowledge and skills to administer first aid until medical help arrives.

Learn to Swim; City of Parramatta Council offers affordable swimming at water safety lessons in Parramatta and Epping. For further details, call Epping: 02 9806 5633 or Parramatta: 02 9806 5700 

Further information on staying safe in and around water can be found on the Royal Life Saving website.

Days of Lifeguard Service Patrol Times:    

  • Saturday 31 October 2020 - Friday 4 December 2020:  Saturday - Sunday    9am - 5pm
  • Saturday 5 December 2020 - Tuesday 26 January 2021: Monday - Sunday    9am - 6pm    
  • Wednesday 27 January 2021 - Sunday 28 March 2021: Saturday - Sunday    9am - 5pm

Water quality

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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

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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 arrive by train, disembark at the Parramatta Interchange - you can then catch a bus from the Parramatta CBD (bus route 609). The bus stops 50 metres 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 500 metres from the Lake Parramatta entrance.

To plan your journey visit Transport for NSW or call 131 500.