Parramatta Rowboats

From Saturday 3rd September 2016, visitors to Lake Parramatta Reserve will be able to hire a choice of small water craft, including: Rowboats, Paddleboat, Canoes, Kayaks and stand up paddle boards (SUP).

Enjoy the calm waterways without the worry of rough water and tides, making it very easy to row or paddle your way to a fun experience.

Paddleboats are ideal for the family which can hold 2 adults and 2 children and no experience is needed or the rowboats can hold up to 4 adults.

No bookings required, simply arrive and choose your water craft.

N.B. For children under the age, of 12 lifejackets are compulsory and they are included in the cost of the hire. However, we encourage everyone to take a lifejacket. There is no age limit, however the smallest lifejackets are a minimum of 10kgs, which is usually 1 year old and above.

EFTPOS is available.

Hour of Operation
  • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am until 5pm
  • Public school holidays (excluding July 2017): 10am until 5pm
  • (6pm during daylight saving).

Boat hire is not available during wet weather and if you are unsure please call 0416 444 001.

For hire fees, visit the website.

Due to the steep gradient of the path to the launching area, the activity is not suitable for people with special access requirements.

Location and Access

Lake Parramatta Reserve is open every day of the year and features picnic and BBQ facilities, playground, 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 (nearest stop on Bourke Street).

History of the Reserve

The reserve and surrounds were originally home to the Burramattagal clan of the Darug Aboriginal people prior to British settlement in 1788. Evidence still remains of their former occupation through the presence of shelter caves, hand-stencils, campsites, tree scars and midden deposits.

The State Heritage listed dam wall was completed in 1856 and utilises a single arch design, being only the second constructed in modern times and twelfth since Roman times 100BC.

A public swimming area is available all year round and patrolled by lifeguards from October to March each year.

Visitor InformationVisitor Information

Lake Parramatta, Entry via Lackey St, North Parramatta
Phone: 0416 444 001

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