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Sydney’s best recreation centres

Sydney has a wealth of options for staying active and keeping fit. Check out the state-of-the-art sport and recreation facilities at Sydney Olympic ParkKing George V Recreation Centre, the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation.

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Adventure and sport in Sydney

Golf in Sydney

The waters of Sydney offer a wealth of activities for all ages and skill levels. Learn to surf or explore Sydney's waterways sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Take a leisurely dip in Sydney's beaches and outdoor pools, or compete in a surf swim event such as The Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic, held in Manly in February. You can enjoy white-water rafting, canoeing or kayaking at Penrith Whitewater Stadium.

Adrenaline junkies have a range of action-packed activities to check out. Get your heart pumping on a jet boat ride through Sydney Harbour or go flying through the through the treetops at TreeTop Adventure Park. Experience indoor skydiving at iFly Downunder in Penrith, or check out Sky Zone, a new trampoline park in Alexandria. 

The city’s green spaces make versatile playgrounds. Head to the leafy Centennial Parklands where you can hire a bike, go horse riding, roller blading or enjoy a round of golf. Sydney Olympic Park also offers a wide range of sporting activities: take a flying trapeze lesson, play mini golf, enjoy the indoor water playground at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, or hire a bike and explore Bicentennial Park

Get to know the city on foot via a number of easily accessible walks, trails and tracks through the Sydney Harbour National Park. Pack water, sunscreen and a camera and check out the Sydney Harbour Circle Walk, the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk or the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. The annual Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk in October takes in some of the city’s most striking spaces for an excellent charitable cause. Looking for something more challenging? The Great North Walk is an ambitious 250 km trek from Sydney to Newcastle, but you can divide it into shorter walks.

For keen sporting spectators, there’s a busy calendar of Sydney sporting events to consider. Take your pick of cricket, tennis, football, golf, motorsports, surfing and more.