About this walk
This walk follows the Parramata River.
It takes about 10 hours to complete the full 34 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops.
A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.
Getting there and back
Get the train to Parramatta using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Town Hall at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
From the station, follow the shopping arcade all the way to the river.
Follow footpath along the bank of the river to the ferry dock.
Past the ferry dock, the footpath gradually leads up to a bridge.
Cross the bridge and cross the road on the other side.
Enter the footpath into the reserve directly after the bridge.
Follow the footpath along the river underneath the bridge.
Follow the bike path through the industrial estate and use one of the side streets to return to the river.
A short distance after the industrial estate, the walk passes the Rydalmere ferry dock.
Keep following the bike path for a long stretch through a grassy reserve.
The path then passes underneath a bridge.
After the bridge the path follows the river's edge past many blocks of appartment buildings.
The path then splits into an overgrown path along the mangroves and a cycle path along sports fields.
Near the end of the sports fields, enter the Ermington Bay Nature Pathway to the right.
Follow the boardwalk to the other side of the wetlands. There's a lookout to the right halfway though.
After the wetlands the path crosses the carpark of a boat ramp.
The bike path resumes on the far side of the boat ramp.
The bike path passes underneath the next bridge along the way at Meadowbank.
From the Meadowbank ferry dock it is a short walk to the shops and cafes around the train station.
The walk continues along the shore down to to Kissing Point.
The bike path ends after Kissing Point. Follow Dyson Street up the hill and turn right down Pellisier Road.
After the road passes along the carpark of Putney Park. Watch on the left for Jetty Road.
Jetty Road descends down to a sportsfield, follow te path along the water and up the field on the far side.
At the end of the sports fields turn right down Morrison Road and look out on the right for Bill Mitchell Park.
A wetlands trail starts after the inclined embankment at the end of the park, but use Western Crescent instead at high tide.
After the wetlands trail (or at the end of Western Crescent) follow the path through Glades Bay Park.
At the end of the park, follow the road closest to the river around the point.
Enter Looking Glass Bay Park through one of the side streets.
At the end of the park, cross the road and continue down the bushtrail of Bedlam Bay from the carpark.
The bushtrail descends down a series of staircases past a rowing club to a cricket oval.
Follow the path past the oval and continue uphill on the rough trail that follows.
After climbing up an embankment the trail ends in front of the old Bedlam Asylum building.
Continue past the building on the right hand side to find a gate in the stone walls. If the gate is locked, follow the road out of the complex.
Cross the field outside the complex to the gate and follow Crown Close to Gladesville Reserve.
The path through Gladesville Reserve eventually ends at the Gladesville ferry dock.
Continue along the footpath from the ferry dock to the Gladesville Bridge.
The road eventually passes underneath the Gladesville bridge.
Walk through the pedestrian tunnel underneath the bridge immediately right to follow the path over the bridge.
Cross the Gladesville Bridge and follow Victoria Road all across Drummoyne to the next bridge.
After traversing all of Drummoyne, cross the left span of the Iron Cove bridge.
On the far side of the bridge a staircase on the left descents to the footpath along the bay below.
At the end of the bay ascend up to the streets above using the wooden staircase.
Follow the Longview St and Lockhart Ave to the Balmain Rowing club and White Horse Point.
Follow the path around the point through the park and along the swimming pool.
From the swimming pool follow Fitzrow Ave and Gow St and cross the red bricked complex of houses.
After the red bricked housing complex, follow River St and Louisa Rd and enter Birchgrove Park near the bay.
Follow the path along Birchgrove park and head up Wharf Road on the other end.
Follow Wharf Road until you reach the carpark of Balast Point.
Descend down Balast Point down to the shore using one of the walking paths.
Follow the path along the water and around Mort Bay Park.
Find the Balmain Ferry Dock on the far side of the park and follow the road uphill from there.
Follow one of the roads from the ferry dock all the way uphill to the shops.
Find Gladstone park across the street from Balmains shops.
Cross the park past the sports courts along the footpath.
From the park follow Booth Street downhill to the harbours docks.
From the end of Booth Street descend the staircase into the appartment complex and follow the footpath through it.
After exiting the grassy complex, follow Robert Street past the old White Bay Power Station.
After the power station a bike path heads off to the left towards the ANZAC Bridge.
Cross the ANZAC bridge along the bike and footpath.
Across the ANZAC bridge follow the bike lane down the ramps. Turn right to follow Bank Street to Waterfront Park.
Follow the footpath along Waterfront Park.
The footpath continues along Pirrama Park.
After Pirrama Park the footpath then follows Pirrama Road past Pyrmont Park to the Maritime Museum.
From the Maratime Museum, cross the Pyrmont Bridge and continue down the overpass to Market Street.
Market Street crosses George Street right between Wynyard Station and Town Hall Station.
What to bring
- Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
- Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
- Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
- Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
- Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
- Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
- Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.