Sydney Olympic Park has all your outdoors, entertainment and dining needs covered. Enjoy a game of archery, a bike ride through beautiful parklands and a swim in the pool where Ian Thorpe won several gold medals. This sporting and entertainment precinct also hosts some of Sydney’s biggest events, from sporting matches to concerts by international stars.
Things to do
Sporting fans will get a thrill out of visiting the epic stadiums that hosted the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, which are now open to the public. Stadium Australia (also known as Accor Stadium) hosts major sporting matches and concerts by the likes of U2 and The Rolling Stones but was first memorialised as the venue where Cathy Freeman won an Olympic gold medal.
Aspiring freestyle swimming gold medallists can swim laps in the pool where Ian Thorpe won three Olympic gold medals. Check out the Dive into History exhibition at the Aquatic Centre, which celebrates the great stories and triumphs of Australia’s swimming legends, or take a tour of the centre, which is home to four indoor heated pools, a rapid river ride and giant water slide.
The annual Sydney Royal Easter Show offers plenty of family fun. The kids will love the farm animals at this multi-day festival, which brings all things rural to the city, showcasing the finest fresh produce, livestock and wines. There are treat-filled showbags, amusement rides, show ring events and a nightly fireworks display.
Two popular markets call Sydney Olympic Park home. The Sydney Vegan Market runs on the third Sunday of every month and features live music, free yoga, a kids art space and, of course, heaps of amazing vegan goodies, from burgers, pasta and milkshakes to cosmetics, homewares and fashion. Meanwhile the Sydney Flower Market is Australia's largest flower market for fresh cut flowers and is open to the public from Monday to Saturday. Check out the busy events calendar to see what else is on.
Getting to the world-class sporting and entertainment venues and Bicentennial Park is easy by train or ferry. The train from Central Station to Olympic Park Station is about 30min and a ferry ride from Circular Quay takes about an hour.
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