1. Get swimming


Right now there are four places you can swim in the Parramatta River: Cabarita Park beach, Chiswick Baths, Dawn Fraser Baths and Lake Parramatta. The more we swim in them, the more others will join us and community support will grow. We can also learn what makes a swimming place great and what people want out of future swimming sites. The City of Canada Bay, Inner West Council and City of Parramatta continue to invest in actions that support swimming in these locations.


Maintain, improve and promote the four current swim sites in the Parramatta River.



Lead Agencies

City of Canada Bay, City of Parramatta, Inner West Council.

Current Measure

To increase the usage and desirability of the current swim sites.

Status Update

Cabarita Park beach

Cabarita BeachSwimming is permitted at Cabarita Park beach except for up to three days after heavy rain. Water quality is currently monitored by Beachwatch. City of Canada Bay manages this site and does not collect any user data.



Chiswick Baths

Chiswick BathsSwimming is permitted at Chiswick Baths except for up to three days after heavy rain. Water quality is currently monitored by Beachwatch. City of Canada Bay Council manages this site and does not collect any user data.



Dawn Fraser Baths

Dawn Fraser BathsDawn Fraser Baths is a harbour tidal saltwater pool that is monitored daily by Beachwatch. After heavy rain the baths may close if the water quality is not suitable for swimming.

The baths are currently undergoing a significant refurbishment and set to reopen in time for summer 2020.  The $6.7 million upgrade will include raising and replacing the pavilion and decking, upgrading the lighting, bathrooms and changerooms.

Read more about the Dawn Fraser Baths upgrade.


Lake Parramatta

Lake ParramattaLake Parramatta was officially opened for public swimming and water recreational activities in 2015 after being closed for 72 years due to poor water quality.

City of Parramatta monitors water quality and provides lifeguards who patrol the site during the swimming season from late October to late March. The council also collects data on site usage and preference. Attendance at Lake Parramatta was lower than the previous years over the summer of 2019/2020, probably as a result of the smoke from bushfires detering people from spending time outside, and the prolonged storms in Feburary, which closed the Lake for a number of days due to debris in the water.

Note: graphs updated annually at completion of summer swim season.

In 2019, City of Parramatta surveyed visitors to Lake Parramatta and found that 78% of respondents enjoyed their visit while 76% said they are likely visit again. View Lake Parramatta’s User Preference Survey results.

Progress Timeline

November – March 2022

  • No updates received – swim site suitability likely poor as a result of recent weather.
July – October 2021

  • Dawn Fraser Baths re-opened to the public via a booking system from early September 2021.
April – June 2021

  • Dawn Fraser Baths remain closed.
January – March 2021

  • Dawn Fraser Baths remain closed. A date for opening has not been set due to challenges with supplying water to fire hydrants and sprinklers.
October – December 2020

  • Dawn Fraser Baths construction nearly completed. Opening is expected by late 2020.
  • CCTV installed at Lake Parramatta to aid management of the site.
July – September 2020

April – June 2020

January – March 2020

  • Development of user preference surveys for 2019/2020.
October – December 2019

  • Dawn Fraser Baths closed for refurbishment.
July – September 2019

  • Review of Lake Parramatta User Preference Survey undertaken to determine applicability at future swimming sites.
April – June 2019

  • Annual visitor data collected for Lake Parramatta and Dawn Fraser Baths.
  • Lake Parramatta User Preference Survey completed.

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