Lake Parramatta Reserve

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Lake Parramatta Reserve is a 75ha bushland reserve which is located within two kilometres of the Parramatta CBD which is about 30 kilometres from Sydney. The entrance to Parramatta Reserve is from Lackey Street, off Bourke Street in North Parramatta. This reserve is popular picnic, swimming and fishing spot with local residents in the area. If you are a nature lover, you would like this spot with all its beautiful wildlife, flora and fauna and a stunning lake. What I like in this Reserve in particular is the walking tracks. It offers three well-signed walks, of varying length and difficulty, though none of the walks are very challenging. The three walks to choose from ranging from easy to hard are the following: 1) She Oak Track (1550m) 2) Banksia Trail (2450m) and 3) Lake Circuit (4200m). The Lake Circuit is a must do for those looking for a longer enjoyable bushwalking.

I went bushwalking in Lake Parramatta with a girlfriend. We did the 4 kilometre Lake Circuit Track around the lake which took us a good 1.5 hours (this includes the stops for some pretty photo opportunities). The track was beautiful. We came across a few wildlife such as; three quarters of a metre-sized goanna, lizzards of many different colours and sizes, native Australian birds and a variety of ducks. I stepped over a coiled brown snake hiding under a rock. (Surprisingly, I didn’t die of freaking out.)

I generally go all the way up to the Blue Mountains to go bushwalking which is about an hour drive from where I live. I didn’t realize that we have a local gem just 15 minutes away. Thanks to a ‘Sydney running track’ google search result. Having said that, I highly doubt that I will go back. The thought of that brown snake that I stepped over, still sends shivers down my spine. However, if snakes don’t bother you, I recommend to do the track or perhaps, go around Winter where the cold-blooded creatures are all hybernating. 😀

4 thoughts on “Lake Parramatta Reserve

  1. Thanks for sharing this spot, I did not know it existed, we are always looking for new local birding spots. We will check it out. Yes, I almost trod on a brown snake earlier this year, but my reflexes made me jump over it, but I landed on the ground, camera included right next to the snake. Thankfully it left, I think it was confused, thankfully. I came out with grazes rather than snake bite. The best time to bush walk this time of year is before 10am and after 4pm as snakes sunbake to get active in the heat of the day. Never go walking in the bush this time of year in the middle of the day, especially if the track is exposed to the sun and is sandy. .

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    • Thanks aussiebirder. It’s a nice local spot for me. And yeah, the thought of snake encounters in bushwalking during Summer months is quite off putting. It’s well and good if we see them coz we could easily avoid them and they could avoid us, however, in some areas in the bush, we could never tell where their tails are. Thanks for the advice. 🙂

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Lake Parramatta Reserve

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Parramatta Lake

Lake Parramatta Reserve is a 75ha bushland reserve which is located within two kilometres of the Parramatta CBD which is about 30 kilometres from Sydney. The entrance to Parramatta Reserve is from Lackey Street, off Bourke Street in North Parramatta. This reserve is popular picnic, swimming and fishing spot with local residents in the area. If you are a nature lover, you would like this spot with all its beautiful wildlife, flora and fauna and a stunning lake. What I like in this Reserve in particular is the walking tracks. It offers three well-signed walks, of varying length and difficulty, though none of the walks are very challenging. The three walks to choose from ranging from easy to hard are the following: 1) She Oak Track (1550m) 2) Banksia Trail (2450m) and 3) Lake Circuit (4200m). The Lake Circuit is a must do for those looking for a longer enjoyable bushwalking.

I went bushwalking in Lake Parramatta with a girlfriend. We did the 4 kilometre Lake Circuit Track around the lake which took us a good 1.5 hours (this includes the stops for some pretty photo opportunities). The track was beautiful. We came across a few wildlife such as; three quarters of a metre-sized goanna, lizzards of many different colours and sizes, native Australian birds and a variety of ducks. I stepped over a coiled brown snake hiding under a rock. (Surprisingly, I didn’t die of freaking out.)

I generally go all the way up to the Blue Mountains to go bushwalking which is about an hour drive from where I live. I didn’t realize that we have a local gem just 15 minutes away. Thanks to a ‘Sydney running track’ google search result. Having said that, I highly doubt that I will go back. The thought of that brown snake that I stepped over, still sends shivers down my spine. However, if snakes don’t bother you, I recommend to do the track or perhaps, go around Winter where the cold-blooded creatures are all hybernating. 😀

4 thoughts on “Lake Parramatta Reserve

  1. Thanks for sharing this spot, I did not know it existed, we are always looking for new local birding spots. We will check it out. Yes, I almost trod on a brown snake earlier this year, but my reflexes made me jump over it, but I landed on the ground, camera included right next to the snake. Thankfully it left, I think it was confused, thankfully. I came out with grazes rather than snake bite. The best time to bush walk this time of year is before 10am and after 4pm as snakes sunbake to get active in the heat of the day. Never go walking in the bush this time of year in the middle of the day, especially if the track is exposed to the sun and is sandy. .

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks aussiebirder. It’s a nice local spot for me. And yeah, the thought of snake encounters in bushwalking during Summer months is quite off putting. It’s well and good if we see them coz we could easily avoid them and they could avoid us, however, in some areas in the bush, we could never tell where their tails are. Thanks for the advice. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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