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Parramatta Rowboats

Sport and fitness, Sailing and rowing North Parramatta
People on a rowboat at Parramatta Lakes
Photograph: Emma Joyce

Time Out says

It’s a 20-minute cycle from Parramatta CBD to Lake Parramatta and you can follow the cycle paths for most of the way. The man-made reservoir is located within 73 hectares of parkland, and the lake – which was once a popular swimming spot – is now open for swimming once again. You can hire a rowboat, pedal boat, canoe or kayak to explore the area by water. On weekends you’ll find Parramatta Rowboats (who have another business over at Lane Cove Boat Shed) who’ll lend you a boat from one hour up to the whole day, from $30. On the day we visit it’s windy and the tide is against us, but we make it to the curve of the S-shaped lake to spot cockatoos and walkers among the eucalyptus trees. In warmer, calmer weather we’d opt for the double kayak and explore further upstream. You could make a day of it here, as the park has free barbecues, bush walks, a playground and kiosk for more civilised dining.

By: Emma Joyce



Address: Lackey Street
North Parramatta
Price: $30-$70
Opening hours: Sat, Sun & school holidays 10am-5pm
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