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Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Sydney sporting events

With colossal stadiums and state-of-the-art sporting facilities, Sydney was already a mainstay of the international sporting events calendar before the Sydney 2000 Olympics turned it into a global sporting capital.

The Games' greatest legacy, the Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush, 16 kilometres (10 miles) west of the city, remains Australia's largest – and most popular – venue for events. The park hosts the Apia Sydney International tennis tournament in January, the Bledisloe Cup in August and the Sydney Telstra 500 V8 Supercar Grand Final in December – plus a slew of National Rugby League, Rugby Union and AFL football games in between.

On the other side of town, the Sydney Football Stadium in Moore Park sees up to 45,000 fans flood through its gates when its home team, the Sydney Swans, takes on AFL teams from interstate. The Football Federation of Australia holds its A-League soccer matches there, too. Next door is the 150-year-old Sydney Cricket Ground, where Australia slugs it out in One-Day Internationals and five-day Test Cricket matches against the best cricket playing countries in the world.

To see the Sydney Kings battle against other teams in the National Basketball League, check out any of the 14 games held between October and March at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Darling Harbour.