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Sydney’s best recreation centres

Sydney has a wealth of options for staying active and keeping fit this winter. Check out the state-of-the-art sport and recreation facilities at Sydney Olympic Park, the Sydney Academy of Sport and RecreationKing George V Recreation Centre in The Rocks and the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in Ultimo.

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Adventure and sport in Sydney

Golf in Sydney

Whether you’re an adventure-seeker, adrenaline junky, fitness fanatic or simply a spectator, winter makes for a great time to take part in or watch some fine sporting events in Sydney. Runners – from casual joggers to competitive athletes – will love the many fun runs that take place throughout the city during the cooler months. Favourite options include the Manly Scenic Fun Run in May, the Sydney Harbour 10k in July and the hugely popular Sun-Herald City2Surf in August. Serious all-rounders can compete in IRONMAN Australia or the Corporate Triathlon National Series, which takes place in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

For those who enjoy a slower pace for their outdoor fitness, there are lots of organised walks to choose from. The Great North Walk is an epic 250 km trek from Sydney to Newcastle, but you can divide it into shorter walks. There’s no shortage of fitness-friendly and scenic self-guided walks in Sydney, including the Manly to Spit Bridge walk, the Sydney Harbour Circle walk and the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.

For a unique experience that gets you off your feet, try a Segway tour around the city. Take in Sydney's spectacular landscape on a scenic hike or mountain bike ride.

Adrenaline junkies have a range of action-packed activities to check out. Get your heart pumping on a jet boat ride through Sydney Harbour with Harbour Jet. Go flying through the through the treetops at TreeTop Adventure Park or experience indoor skydiving at iFly Downunder.

You can enjoy whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking at Penrith Whitewater Stadium. The stadium was purpose-built for the canoe and kayak events during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and is the only man-made whitewater river in the Southern Hemisphere.

If spectating is more your sport, there’s a busy calendar of sporting events to consider. Take your pick of badmintonmountain bikingice hockeyfootballrugby and more.