Epic outdoor adventures in Parramatta

There are some epic outdoor adventure activities in Parramatta that are waiting to be discovered.

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Outdoor adventure activities in Parramatta

Parramatta has so much to offer in the way of the great outdoors so if you're feeling cooped up, why not get outside into nature and start exploring. Throughout the city, you'll find generous green space and effort to preserve nature as well as history. Here are a few favourites for you to enjoy.

Boating at Lake Parramatta Reserve

Want to spend the day out on the water but don't want to drive to the beaches? We have the perfect solution for you: Lake Parramatta Reserve! You can hire different types of equipment based on what kind of outdoor adventure you want to have. 

If you're looking for a leisure activity, you can hire a pedalboat. If you want some exercise, you can pick a kayak or rowboat. Parramatta Rowboats is open on the weekends, public holidays, and school holidays. Visit the Parramatta Rowboats website for more details. 

mother, daughter and son in a pedal boat on lake parramatta wearing life jackets

Run the Parramatta Park loop

The Parramatta Park loop is a popular route for cycling and pedestrians. Just over three kilometres, it's the perfect spot for a run. You're surrounded by nature and run past historical monuments like the Old Government House.  

If you're looking for a longer route but don't want to run laps around the loop, you can connect to more pedestrian-friendly cycleways. Some paths head along the Parramatta River all the way to Sydney Olympic Park

parramatta park sign on gate

Brickpit Ring Walk Sydney Olympic Park

For nature and animal lovers, we recommend visiting the Brickpit pond. The location used to be a brickyard, but now it's a protected habitat for green and golden bell frogs. An elevated walkway (18.5 metres high) was built so you can view the pond beneath without disturbing any of the wildlife. 

The 550-metre ring walk gives you a unique view of the area. You can listen to the frogs and birds as well as learn more about the historical site. The panels along the ring teach you about the area's history and what it was like to make millions of clay bricks used to build Sydney. 

mum, dad and small son walking along the brickpit ring walk

Blaxland Riverside Park

Blaxland Riverside Park is home to the largest and most popular playground around Parramatta. Located in the Sydney Olympic Park near the Parramatta River, it has activities to keep kids of all ages entertained for hours.

The large park holds more than just the playground. There are great walking and cycling tracks as well as picnic areas for everyone to enjoy. It's also located near Newington Armory.

kids playing at blaxland riverside reserve

Badu Mangroves

The Badu Mangroves are part of Bicentennial Park. They contain the largest Mangrove Forest and Coast Saltmarsh remaining on the Parramatta River. It's also part of the largest intertidal wetland in the area. The Badu Mangroves are home to a wide array of flora and fauna, including many colourful waterbirds. 

There is a boardwalk that lets you move through the wetlands. It is accessible all year round, making it an outdoor activity you can return to often.

woman walking on boardwalks over mangroves

Darug Culture Camp & Bush Tucka Walk tour

Parramatta has a rich history reaching back tens of thousands of years to the Darug people, the traditional custodians of the Darug nation. With a community focus on honouring and remembering, there are many ways you can learn more about the area's history. 

The Darug Culture Camp and Bush Tucks walk tours teach you about plant uses, tools and local culture. They are a chance to spend time in nature with an Aboriginal guide. Make sure to book your ticket ahead of time, as these events often sell out early (especially during school holidays). 

darug leader speaking to people on a tour

Monster skatepark

Monster skatepark is one of the best places to go for an outdoor adventure. Activities and facilities are available for skateboards, scooters, and bikers of all levels. 

This skate park is located in Sydney Olympic Park with the only international standard indoor/outdoor ramp set up in Australia. It includes an indoor street course, an outdoor vert, and a mini ramp.  

skateboarder at monster skatepark

RiverCat ferry from Parramatta to Circular Quay

The RiverCat ferry is a 50-minute cruise up the Parramatta River to Circular Quay. It gives you a unique view of the area that most Sydneysiders don't even know exists. Starting in Parramatta with the mangroves, you head past waterside suburbs into the city. You'll end your journey with a spectacular view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. 

parramatta ferry coming into the wharf. cyclist on the escarpment boardwalk nearby