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Parsley Bay Reserve Playground - major upgrade

Parsley Bay Reserve Playground will undergo a major upgrade following community consultation undertaken last year. The design of the new playground incorporates the community feedback and will result in a fun, challenging and inclusive play space that reflects the bush and harbourside location as well as touching on the history of the park.

The works will commence on 13 May 2019 and are expected to be completed in late June 2019, weather permitting. The playground will be closed for use during this time.

More information about the playground upgrade

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Parsley Road (Horler Avenue), Vaucluse

Parsley Bay Reserve is a popular family park, that includes an enclosed swimming area, picnic facilities and children's playground.

There is also a short bushland circuit (15-20 minutes return), that takes you to a waterfall at the head of the gully. In summer, Eastern Water Dragons can be seen sunning along the watercourse.

This park is a popular venue for birthday parties, school picnics and social gatherings.

Getting here

  • A small carpark is available from Parsley Road (Horler Avenue).
  • Car park opens at dawn. It closes at approximately 6.00pm (non-daylight saving) and 8.00pm (daylight saving).
  • Pedestrian access available from The Crescent, Hopetoun Avenue and Horler Avenue.


  • Accessible parking
  • Ambulant toilet


  • Harbour swimming enclosure (summer only)
  • Playground
  • Kiosk
  • Public toilets
  • Telephone
  • Disabled facilities
  • Bushland walking trials

Things to do

  • Picnics
  • Summer swimming
  • Sit and relax


There are two popular versions of the origin of the name. One, that a hermit called 'Parsley' lived in early years in one of the caves at the head of the bay, the other is traditional and was probably used by the first exploratory parties (1788) to refer to an edible plant growing there, closely resembling parsley, which was used as an anti-scorbutic (scurvy) by the vitamin starved First Fleeters. The Bay was set aside for public recreation use in 1907 - it is one of Woollahra's best kept secrets. More on the history of Parsley Bay Reserve (PDF)

A Little Piece of Paradise

Watch a short documentary on Parsley Bay funded through the Community and Cultural Grants Program. This documentary was produced by a group of Woollahra residents during a Documentary Filmmaking Workshop for Seniors, run by Metro Screen.


Dogs are prohibited at all times.