1. Get swimming
Right now there are five places you can swim in the Parramatta River: Bayview Park Baths, 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.
City of Canada Bay, City of Parramatta, Inner West Council.
To increase the usage and desirability of the current swim sites.
Bayview Park Baths
Bayview Park Baths was reopened for swimming in November 2022. The site is managed by City of Canada Bay. Daily water quality forecasts are provided by Sydney Water’s RiverWatch Monitoring Program and available on the Our Living River website Interactive Map. Swimming is permitted except for up to three days after heavy rain.
Cabarita Park beach
Swimming 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.
Swimming 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 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.
A significant refurbishment of the baths was completed in 2021 that included raising and replacing the pavilion and decking, upgrading the lighting, bathrooms and changerooms.
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.
The NSW Government Places to Swim grant, has provided funding to improve access to the swimming area. Future plans for Lake Parramatta also include a new ‘beach’, seating, and umbrellas for shade. An overwater pontoon is also being considered but will be subject to further assessment.
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.
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