Swimming at Lake Parramatta

Keep our water clean for swimming

When you feed the ducks they pollute the water. They may be cute – but by feeding the ducks you are risking their health and contributing to environmental problems.

When you feed the ducks they pollute the water and become overweight and sick. They also become aggressive and demand food from people.

Please help keep our water clean for swimming and admire the ducks, but do not feed them!

Current Lake Status

Lake Parramatta is OPEN for Swimming

Lake Parramatta was officially opened for public swimming and water recreation activities on Saturday 24 January 2015 by Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Scott Lloyd, and marks an important step for the Our Living River initiative.

The Lake was originally closed to swimming in 1942, and since 2006 swimming has only been allowed with prior approval.

Lake Parramatta is located within Lake Parramatta reserve, a 73 hectare (10.5 water surface) natural habitat. The reserve is popular for picnicking, aquatic activities and bushwalking, with a visitors kiosk open on weekends.

Swimming at Lake Parramatta MapLake Parramatta Reserve has the following facilities:

  • Designated swimming area
  • Non-motorised boating facilities
  • Row / pedal boat hire (weekends / holidays)
  • Children’s playground
  • Off street car park
  • Walking trails
  • Public Toilets
  • BBQs
  • Picnic facilities
  • Visitors kiosk

Lake Parramatta Reserve is located in North Parramatta. Enter the reserve from Lackey Street via Bourke Street.

Safe Swimming at Lake Parramatta

Lifeguards are on duty every weekend from 29th October 2016 until 25th March 2017 (inclusive). In addition they will be present every day of the summer school holidays and all public holidays between these dates.

At all other times people are advised to swim only in the designated swimming area, marked by buoys, and observe safe swimming practices.

As for most lakes or rivers around NSW, we recommend that people 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.

More information on safe swimming at Lake Parramatta

Water Quality

Parramatta Council manages a comprehensive water quality program to:

  • monitor the environmental status of Lake Parramatta and
  • advise users about any changes in the Lake’s water quality conditions

More information Lake Parramatta Water Quality Program

Transport and parking

There are 68 car parking spots at the reserve.  When the car park is full, there is plenty of car parking on surrounding streets. The Lake is located 2km north of the Parramatta CBD. Enter the reserve from Lackey Street via Bourke Street, North Parramatta.

If you are coming by public transport, there is a bus from the Parramatta CBD (bus route 609). This bus stops 50m from the entrance to Lake Parramatta and comes along hourly Monday-Saturday, and 3 times on Sundays. Alternatively, all the buses that travel along Windsor Road and Pennant Hills Road include stops about 500m from the Lake Parramatta entrance.

To plan your journey visit www.transportnsw.info or call 131 500.

Last updated on 28 Nov 2016