Lake Parramatta Reserve is a 73 hectare bushland and parkland reserve located within two kilometres of the Parramatta central business district. It is the largest bushland remnant surviving in the Parramatta Local Government Area. It is also recognised as one of the most significant and beautiful bushland remnants in Western Sydney.
Lake Parramatta is now open for public swimming and water recreation activities. The reserve is also popular for picnicking, aquatic activities and bushwalking, with a visitors kiosk open on weekends. The reserve is open all year round, with the main gate opening at 6:30am and closed at 5:30pm (7:30pm during daylight saving).
Lake Parramatta Reserve has the following facilities:
- Designated swimming area
- Non-motorised boating facilities
- Children’s playground
- Off street car park
- Walking trails
- Public Toilets
- Picnic facilities
- Visitors kiosk
Evidence still remains of the regular usage and occupation by the Aboriginal Burramattagal clan within Lake Parramatta Reserve and Hunts Creek. It exists in the form of shelter caves, hand-stencils, stone flaking, tree scars and midden deposits. The local Aboriginal Community and Parramatta City Council have in recent years, established a Bushfoods Garden and Walk to show these remarkable items to visitors. Brochures on this are available at the Lake.
The catchment area for the Lake is bound by North Rocks Road, James Ruse Drive and Pennant Hills Road. The bushland extends beyond the boundary of the reserve along the banks of Hunts Creek. Access is from Lackey Street off Bourke Street, in North Parramatta.
(There are also a range of active bush regeneration programs being run in the reserve. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Parramatta Council's Nature Resource Officer on 9806 5050.)
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