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Lake Parramatta Reserve

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An island of native plants and wildlife close to the city

One of the very few refuges of native plants and wildlife left in the Sydney basin. Native birds... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
If you have time, walk the entire circuit!

Ive been here a few times now and have been bringing people along to enjoy this lovely tranquil... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2018
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“bush walk”(15 reviews)
“the reserve”(10 reviews)
“hidden gem”(11 reviews)
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Lackey Street, Parramatta, New South Wales 2150, Australia
+61 2 9806 5050
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the very few refuges of native plants and wildlife left in the Sydney basin. Native birds of all kinds, finches, parrots, and water birds. Easy walking tracks. In the evening, bats and possums come out.

Thank ramAustralia2018
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Parramatta lake is a great way to spend time with the family as you can swim, have a bbq and go for a hike all in the one place. Be warned the water does smell and if you do swim you will have to shower...More

Thank moonlight_20
Reviewed 10 July 2018

This is a good place to go for a picnic or play with the kids. It has been here for years. The water doesn’t look very nice to swim in, though you can if you want. I would recommend canoeing instead. The parks for kids...More

Thank Kirssten
Reviewed 13 June 2018

Whole place is badly maintained, rubbish all over, walking track lack of maintained too, water smelly. Not to mention the area is dangerous, have had a few crime happening around the park. Whole park is not scenic, not worth visiting

Thank James C
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Ive been here a few times now and have been bringing people along to enjoy this lovely tranquil family friendly park. We did the bush walk of the entire circuit around the lake which was enjoyable and gave us a good workout. The circuit is...More

1  Thank Manickjg
Reviewed 9 April 2018

Supervised swimming enclosure (on weekends) but muddy and slippery at entry points then very deep except in close to shore.

Thank barbarajbryan
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

What a nice relaxing way to spent Easter Monday. Watching the ducks on the water. The parklands are expansive with plenty of facilities

Thank sharko1961
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Close to Sydney’s second CBD, Parramatta, but seems like a long way from anywhere. Freshwater lake, convict built dam, row boats, fresh air, moderately aerobic walk through the bush around the lake circuit and a great cafe at the start/end.

Thank Greg E
Reviewed 8 February 2018

There is a lot of parking, but it can be hard to find space on really hot days or during school holidays. It is a great place for a picnic breakfast, so take some food and drink and let the day start peacefully.

1  Thank Paul S
Reviewed 27 January 2018

Lake Parramatta Reserve is an original area of land that has been preserved and returned to pristine status, and is actually located in North Parramatta - NOT to be confused with Parramatta Park (in the center of Parramatta). Lots to do: paddle boat hire, swimming,...More

Thank ScorpioIRC
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lorry l
6 May 2018|
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Response from Greg E | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can!
Kathleen L
20 November 2017|
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Response from NoelG50 | Reviewed this property |
I’ve not done the full loop but would expect you would be better in a pair of trail shoes.
25 October 2017|
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Response from sheetal j | Reviewed this property |
There is heaps of parking there. You drive into the reserve and lots of parking few seconds and few minutes away. Parking is also free.