City of Parramatta
Media Release
Thursday 26 October 2017


Swimming season arrives at Lake Parramatta

Lake Parramatta is ready to resume its place as one of Sydney’s most popular summer recreation destinations with lifeguard patrols to return on Saturday 28 October, marking the start of the swimming season.


The patrols conducted by the Australian Lifeguard Service will continue through until 2 April 2018, from 9am to 6pm every weekend, on public holidays and during school holidays.


A boat hire service is also available at Lake Parramatta, operating outside of the designated swimming enclosure.


“It’s been almost three years since swimming was reintroduced to the Lake and the secret is well and truly out, with tens-of-thousands of people now visiting this hidden gem every summer,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.


“Over the past few months Council has improved facilities and completed some major upgrades at the Lake and I encourage the community to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy this little piece of paradise.”


In the lead up to the swimming season an underwater safety inspection of the swimming area was carried out and regular testing by Council has confirmed the Lake continues to have good water quality.


Recent capital works include upgrades to the path leading to the Lake foreshore to improve access for swimmers. A public viewing platform accessible for prams and wheelchairs has also been completed, enabling more people to enjoy the natural surrounds of the Lake.


As part of the $300,000 upgrade, part funded by a grant from the State Government, additional picnic shelters and electric barbeques have also been installed, signage improved, and landscaping work undertaken to improve the experience for visitors.


“Lake Parramatta is one of our City’s most important recreational assets and Council will continue to investigate ongoing improvements we can make to the area. This is a wonderful, free location for the whole family to enjoy a great day out, and the perfect place to cool off during the hot summer months,” the Lord Mayor said.


For those looking for a more traditional swimming option that still offers a serene bush setting, the Epping Aquatic Centre has reopened after its winter closure and will remain open throughout summer until 15 April.


More information about swimming at Lake Parramatta and the Epping Aquatic Centre is available via the ‘Recreation & Environment’ page of Council’s website,




Terry Aylett | Media & Communications Advisor

City of Parramatta
PO Box 32, Parramatta NSW 2124
( (02) 9806 5056 | 0409 712 815

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