Completed in 2011, the Parramatta River Walk offers a great way to explore the mangroves, wetlands, remnant bushland and historical spots dotted all the way along the river's course. Starting at either Woolwich Wharf on the northern side or Birchgrove Wharf on the southern side, the walk ends in Parramatta where the Darling Mills Creek and Toongabbie Creek meet.
And there's plenty to see along the way. From large expanses of water in places like Homebush Bay to numerous picnic spots like Putney Park, there's lots of natural scenery to admire.
In historical terms, there are several important sites and monuments along the way, including Quarantine Reserve at Abbotsford, Searles Monument located in the river off Henley, Parramatta River Regional Park and the former Gladesville Psychiatric Hospital. Locations like Kellys Bush, Glades Bay, Parramatta Park and Lake Parramatta Reserve are also home to Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. The Wangal, Wallumattagal and Burramattagal Aboriginal clans lived on the land adjacent to the river for thousands of years before the arrival of white settlers.
The route also takes in historic bridges, former industrial sites and important colonial house museums such as Old Government House.