Address: Enter from Lackey Street via Bourke Street, North Parramatta
At a Glance:
Cost: Free entry
Opening Times: 6:30am - 5:30pm (7:30pm daylight savings time)
Kiosk or Cafe: Yes
Shade: Shaded naturally by trees
Tables: Two picnic tables at the playground, more at nearby reserve
Water: River nearby
Age Suitability: All ages
Set on 60 hectares of bushland, Lake Parramatta Reserve is just a stone's throw from the hustle-bustle of Parramatta CBD and a welcome escape.
Perfect for picnics by the lake, big groups and individuals alike will find something to enjoy.
There is a cafe in the reserve if you forget your picnic and the spot is perfect for a relaxing bushwalk.
Braving the carpark is probably the hairiest bit of visiting the reserve, because it was made before everybody had an SUV so to say the spots were a bit tight would be putting it mildly, but it is such a beautiful tranquil retreat that you'll overlook this for the peace you can find once you've parked.
There is a playground on the reserve to visit if a bush walk and picnic isn't enough for your little ones.