Parsley Bay Reserve
COVID safe summer
We need your help so we can all enjoy a COVID safe summer.
Please meet social distancing requirements at all times, avoid crowds and maintain good personal hygiene. Stay at home if you're unwell.
Our staff and security personnel will be monitoring crowds at our beaches and parks during summer. If locations reach full capacity to the extent where social distancing requirements cannot be met, we will need to stop further entry until more space becomes available. For location updates check our Facebook page. We will also be updating our VMS sign boards with site-specific information.
Parsley Bay Reserve is a popular family park that includes an enclosed swimming area, picnic facilities and a children's playground. There is also a short bushland walking 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.
Horler Avenue, Vaucluse
- A small car park is available from Parsley Road (Horler Avenue). It opens at dawn and closes at approximately 6pm (non-daylight savings) and 8pm (daylight savings).
- Pedestrian access available from The Crescent, Hopetoun Avenue and Horler Avenue.
- Harbour swimming enclosure (summer only)
- Public toilets
- Disabled facilities
- Bushland walking trails
Dogs are prohibited at all times.
- Accessible parking
- Ambulant toilet
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)
Watch a short documentary on Parsley Bay, A Little Piece of Paradise, funded through the Woollahra 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.