Parramatta Lake rocks

Discovering Lake Parramatta Reserve – Bushwalks, Picnics & Swimming

Lake Parramatta Reserve is a fantastic spot, which has been described by many as a hidden treasure. However, don’t let that description fool you – it is spread over 70 hectares of bushland! Whilst it might seem far away, it is actually only a 15 minute approx. drive from some Inner West suburbs and it really is the perfect spot to escape the city. It has so much to offer and is an ideal location for family gatherings.

From October, the lake is open for swimming within designated areas and is fully patrolled by lifeguards. The swimming area is safe for children to splash around in but also big enough to allow swimmers to do a few laps. If water transport is your thing, you can hire paddle-boats to travel around the lake or BYO flotation device/ paddle board or kayak!

Parramatta Lake

[Above: Designated swimming area – Parramatta Lake]

Kid-friendly bushwalks

There are three fantastic kid-friendly bush walks to choose from:

  • The shortest one is She-Oak track which is an easy 1.5km (return) and follows the shore of the lake and loops back around via a road surrounded by She-Oak trees
  • The Banksia Trial which is a little more challenging and is 2.4km but offers some great views of the lake
  • The Lake Circuit that surrounds the perimeter of the lake, is about 4km. This walk will give you a good sense of a proper bush-walk. Along the walk you will find some incredible flora and fauna. Keep your eyes open for the blue tonged lizards and the noisy cockatoos!

Parramatta Lake bushwalk

[Above: Bushwalking at Parramatta Lake Reserve]

Whilst you explore the trails, don’t miss the beautiful wishing trees. The trees have a hole in their trunks and the children are supposed to make a wish that ticks all the boxes of the PIE rule (‘Picture’ what you would like, ‘Imagine’ it vividly and the ‘Emotions’ you’ll experience when your wish comes true!). This will make it lots of fun for the kids.

Wishing tree at Parramatta LakeParramatta Lake rocks

[Above: Wishing trees at Parramatta Lake]

Lake Parramatta Reserve is open every day of the year and features picnic tables and BBQ facilities, a playground, a kiosk and bushwalking tracks. The main entrance is from Lackey Street off Bourke Street in North Parramatta, with entry gates opening at 6.30am and closed at 5.30pm (7.30pm during daylight saving). Public transport is available via Hills Bus Route #609 (the nearest stop on Bourke Street).

There is a kiosk near the car park if you wish to purchase a coffee or some food. Alternatively, pack your picnic bag and enjoy it at some of the stunning picnic spots around the lake.

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