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Discover Serenity at Lake Parramatta Reserve: Sydney's Hidden Gem

On such a gorgeous day like today, I couldn't resist the call of the outdoors.

With nature's gift beckoning, I decided to seize the moment and embark on a bike ride to Lake Parramatta, a spot that had recently been recommended to me.




Lake Parramatta bike path
Bike path along Parramatta river

Although the distance was quite substantial from my place, I viewed it as a perfect chance to get some exercise.


The journey from Meadowbank to Parramatta CBD along the picturesque bike path was simply delightful, offering scenic views all along the way.


As I reached Parramatta and headed towards Lake Parramatta, there was a bit of uphill biking involved, but the sight that awaited me made every pedal worth it.








To my surprise, I discovered that Lake Parramatta is actually a man-made reservoir, stemming from the damming of Hunts Creek back in 1856. Initially serving as Sydney's third water supply source until 1909, it now stands as a peaceful sanctuary sprawling across 73 hectares of bushland, just a stone's throw away from Parramatta CBD.


The area boasts not only spots for swimming but also plenty of BBQ areas for gatherings with friends and family, along with opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boating.


There are various walking tracks catering to all fitness levels, from the gentle 1.5km She-oak track to the more extensive 4.2km Lake circuit offering panoramic views and a chance to immerse oneself in the tranquility of nature. Additionally, the 1.8-kilometer Arrunga Bardo Walk provides insight into the cultural significance of the land, showcasing evidence of its original custodians, the Burramattagal clan of the Darug people, through shelter caves, hand-stencils, and more.





During my stroll, I encountered a diverse array of people - from an elderly couple to a group of young friends, a man walking his dog, and families with children.


It's truly a place for everyone, a blessing to have such abundant nature nearby.

Lake Parramatta Reserve isn't just a leisure destination; it's also a place for education and reflection, connecting the past with the present.




Lake Parramatta
Lake Parramatta

Whether you're enjoying a picnic, relaxing by the playgrounds, or simply finding solace by the water's edge, the reserve's accessibility and family-friendly amenities make it an ideal spot for community gatherings or personal retreats into nature.


With free entry, it's a hidden gem within the city, offering a break from urban life and a chance to appreciate both natural beauty and cultural heritage.


Whether you're a Sydney local or just visiting, Lake Parramatta Reserve beckons as a perfect nature escape!











2 Comments


Bright Wisdom
Bright Wisdom
May 10

Yes, hope u get to visit here soon 😊

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David Clouston
David Clouston
May 10

Interesting history. Good to know its there



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