Sydney Olympic Park
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 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.
You can hire a bike to explore the 35km cycling pathways in Bicentennial Park, one of Australia’s largest urban parklands. There are free barbecue facilities in the park, as well as lakeside picnic areas, and splashing fountains and water spouts. Other activities in Sydney Olympic Park include Segway tours, circus classes and an archery centre. Check out the busy events calendar to see what else is on.
Eat & drink
This well-designed entertainment precinct isn't short on food options. Before heading to an event in a nearby venue, stop by for a drink and burger at Abattoir Blues, named because it's set in a 1900s abattoir. Other great food options include Thai Palate, Bacar Restaurant & Bar at the Pullman for modern Australian cuisine, Piccolo Roma for pizza, the Burger and Salad Haus, and The Brewery Bar and Kitchen.
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.