Adventure and Sport

Highlights

Sydney’s best recreation centres

Staying active and keeping fit in Sydney is easy with access to state-of-the-art sports and recreation centres. From Sydney Olympic Park, where the 2000 Olympics was held, to well-equipped gyms and tennis courts, world-class facilities are conveniently located in this beautiful harbour city.

  • Penrith Whitewater Stadium, Penrith
  • North Sydney Olympic Pool, Sydney

About Sport and Adventure in Sydney

The waters of Sydney offer a wealth of activities for all ages and skill levels. Learn to surf, explore Sydney's waterways sailingkayaking and paddleboarding, or take a leisurely dip in Sydney's beaches and outdoor pools. You can enjoy whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, an Olympic venue.

Thrillseekers have a range of action-packed activities to enjoy. Get your heart pumping on a jet boat ride zooming and fishtailing on Sydney Harbour or soar on flying foxes in the TreeTop Adventure Park. Experience indoor skydiving at iFLY Downunder in Penrith, or check out the trampoline park Sky Zone.

Jet Boat, Sydney Harbour

You’ll find excellent sports and recreation facilities at Sydney Olympic Park, also in western Sydney, and at the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in Ultimo, near Darling Harbour. The Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre is in the city centre, between the Australian Museum and St Mary’s Cathedral.

In the historic Rocks is the King George V Recreation Centre. The Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation is in Narrabeen, a suburb in the Northern Beaches area.

The city's green spaces are versatile playgrounds. Head to the enchanting 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, test your aim on the archery range, play mini golf, enjoy the indoor water playground at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, or hire a bike and explore Bicentennial Park.

For spectacular panoramic views of the city and beyond, climb the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb.

Kayaking in Sydney Harbour National Park.

And 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 enjoy the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk or the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. The Great North Walk is an ambitious 250 km trek from Sydney to Newcastle, but you can divide it into shorter walks.

  • Friends at the Bondi beach end of the Coogee to Bondi walk

    Stunning walks

    From urban coastal walks to treks in national parks, Sydney is a city made for walks and hikes in the great outdoors. Pack your walking shoes and follow the tracks and trails in iconic beachside suburbs and national parks.

  • Natural Wanders Kayak Adventures

    Get on the water

    Sydney is a city surrounded by magnificent waterways offering plenty of fun and activities. Get out in the ocean to try surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, or hire an aqua bike, kayak or canoe to explore rivers.

  • Sydney Seaplanes, Rose Bay

    For thrillseekers

    Want the best views of Sydney? It doesn't get much better than climbing atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For more views and thrills, join an adventure harbour cruise, or step on board a seaplane.