The 2000 Olympics are gone but not forgotten, but the 640 hectares of human-made and natural attractions which were dedicated to the event are being put to good use for locals and visitors.
Sydney Olympic Park, within easy reach of the city centre, has nine major sporting, event and entertainment venues and parks. It is Australia's most diverse urban precinct, surrounded by one of the world's largest urban parklands. Six and a half million visitors enjoy a wide range of leisure, entertainment, cultural, sporting and educational activities there each year.
Enjoy a picnic or barbecue at Lake Belvedere in Bicentennial Park and run, walk or cycle pathways and explore wetland boardwalks. You can take the family dog too.
Enjoy a splash in the pool, a hit of tennis or golf, view shipwrecks from the badu mangroves. Take your binoculars to view the park's 140 bird species. The Park cares for and constantly improves habitats for wetland birds, and a trek to the specially built bird hide gives uninterrupted views of their refuge and its inhabitants.
Take your own bike along or hire one there and enjoy 35 kilometres of cycling tracks. Choose between mountain or hybrid cycles and for children, dragsters, choppers and cruises, tandems and trikes. The three circuits are colour coded and you can listen to a live audio tour on your trip, which means you are self-guided and will find your way around.
Quasar Trapeze could be the closest you come to flying. One and a half hour flying trapeze workshops are open to everyone over six years of age and the experience is sure to get the adrenaline pumping.
The NSW Hall of Champions pays homage to some of Australia's best achievers. There are famous names, great moments and inspired performances to remember, along with medals, certificates, trophies, pennants, uniforms, equipment and Olympic memorabilia. More names are added to the Roll of Honour each year.
Arts and culture have not been forgotten at Sydney Olympic Park. And activities for children are high on the priority list. There's something for everyone soccer clinics, circus arts workshops, the park after dark, junior reach boot camp, cooking in the park and park patrol. It's a great place to relieve the boredom of school holidays and entertainment is constantly changing. Give them a call and check what's on when you want to go!
Sydney 2000 Olympic site in Homebush.
Quasar Trapeze is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, $45 for 90 minutes and $175 for five lessons. Bookings are essential.
NSW Hall of Champions Museum is open from 9am to 5pm every day and entry is free.
Virgin Blue has one-way flights to Sydney.
One-way fares from;
- Brisbane, $99
- Melbourne, $109
- Adelaide, $129
- Darwin, $209
- Perth, $229
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at October 12, 2006, and are subject to change.
Prices quoted are correct on October 12, 2006.
Sydney Olympic Park Visitor Centre
Showground Road and Murray Road Avenue
Sydney Olympic Park
Ph: 13 6789