Parramatta is one of the beautiful cities in Australia that has 360 diverse and picturesque parks and reserves for visitors, residents, and workers to enjoy. Plenty, right? These wonderful open spaces provide different opportunities for passive and active recreational activities together with interaction with local fauna and flora.
A lot of these parks, especially those larger ones offer barbecue and picnic facilities which serve for get-togethers with friends and loved ones in a setting where you can enjoy nature. The parks also include 150 playgrounds for kids to enjoy.
If you do plan to visit Australia, particularly Parramatta, then this article is for you. We’ll share with you the best parks that you and your family can visit.
James Ruse Water & Skate Park
Want to cool down with your kids? We recommend that you visit James Ruse Park! It has a water playground and skate park. It opens from 9 am to 8 pm. The playground is visited by many during the summer months. Little ones can climb an enormous spider web, grassy knolls, play with swing sets, or even skate at the two skate parks. Public toilets, change facilities, and barbeques are available on site.
Brickpit Ring Walk
It’s called ring for a reason since the park features an elevated round walkway that gives visitors access and views to the Brickpit from above while conserving the habitat of the Green and Golden Bell frog that is in danger of extinction.
The Ring Walk measures 550 metres in circumference and is raised 18.5 metres high over the sandstone floor of the Brickpit. Locals and tourists can experience the Brickpit and at the same time help preserve the fragile habitat. The State Brickworks, a self-directed walk along information panel define the place’s environmental and heritage relevance.
Birds Australia Discovery Centre
This discovery centre can be found nearby Newington Nature Reserve in the heritage area Newington Armory. It’s open to the public and offers daily tours, and large-scale bird book library, interpretation facilities and an education room.
The neighbouring Reserve is a refuge of huge environmental value including bird habitats, and the facility is the main feature of Birds Australia’s engagement with the people, giving education about the importance of birds, their habitat, and biodiversity.
Blaxland Riverside Park
A lot of kids surely love this place since this children’s playground area features a mega-swing, double flying fox, scramble wall, tunnel slides, multi-level treehouse, a big outdoor water play area. It’s the ideal location to visit and utilize the barbeque facilities that are free of charge and enjoy a picnic with your family. If you like taking a walk, then this is the place to do it. It’s filled with riverside views, so strolling along the riverside walking trail is a great idea! You may also hire bikes from the Gate House or learn about the history of the Newington Armory.
One of the most diverse parks in Parramatta is the Bicentennial Park which combines the Badu Mangroves wetlands, comprising 40 hectares of striking parklands highlighting lakeside meadows, gentle hills, and calming green vistas. The park offers picnic shelters, playgrounds, barbecues, toilets and some car parks.
You can do many things at Bicentennial Park, like having a picnic on the grassy grounds of Lake Beldevere or under a shady area, eating your own sausage sizzle by using the free electric barbeque, go for an adventure at the playground with its slide, sandpit, climbing frame, shade and swing sails, run, walk, or bike along the connecting pathways. You can borrow a bike from Bike Hire at Sydney Olympic Park. If you have a dog, you can take it for a walk. There are water spouts and splashing fountains at the water play area where you and your kids can play together.
Parramatta Park: The People’s Park
This is probably one of the most popular destinations for tourists and locals. Make sure that when you do explore this city, book a Parramatta hotel so you can have more time here. It’s called The People’s Park because the expansive area has become a central recreational space for most visitors and the Parramatta community alike, offering a refreshing, blissful escape from the CBD.
The park provides many wide-open spaces, picnic spots, and play areas for the Parramatta community. You will also have fun cycling through the park’s amazing scenery, enjoy picnics, or take the kids with you and play at the Domain Creek Playground.
Lake Parramatta Reserve
If you like some water adventure, head to Lake Parramatta Reserve where you can hire your choice of boats there as well as canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddleboats, stand-up paddleboards. The reserve has three walking tracks that you can stroll around. You may also have a picnic, eat some barbeque, and have fun at one of their playgrounds.
If you’re a history buff then you will love this place! You can see some remains of the daily usage and work by the Aboriginal-Burramattagal clan with the Lake Parramatta Reserve and Hunts Creek.
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