Sydney's Olympic Park was one of the stops on our tour heading to the Blue Mountains. I remeber watching the 2000 Olympic Games and was happy to see the site for myself. After the Olympics the Park became a big sporting and recreation center for the people of Sydney with many sporting venues, shows and concerts being held here.
OLYMPIC PARK A good place to visit while in Sydney is Olympic Park..the site of the 2000 Olympic games.And being able to handle such large crowds is home of most of the International sporting events held in Sydney.ie: Rugby World Cup..The Olympic Precinct site covers quite a large area and is very pleasant to walk around with very little traffic..a lot of visitors choose to cycle around the area....There are many ways to reach the site and from the city you can catch..
FERRY..there is a Parramatta ferry that leaves Circular Quay and that stops at Homebush Bay..The ferry trip includes the bus to the Olympic Park and through Olympic Village..(about 1 hour)
BUSSES..There are busses #525 from Parramatta Station..and 401/404 from Strathfield and Lidcombe stations..(about 20 mins)...also easy to reach by car
TRAINS from the city to Lidcombe Station..change for Olympic Park..(about 40mins)
When arriving at Olympic Park ..by the Railway station exit (on right) is a Tourist Information Centre that will give you a map of the Olympic Precinct and answer any questions that you may have.This is an excellent information centre.. (See my Homebush Page and tips)
Tours of The Olympic Park are run four times daily everyday at..11.00 am..12.30 pm..2.00 pm and 3.30pm..bookings at the Visitors Centre on 9714-7888
Located here also is the Olympic Aquatic Centre..where you can use the marvellous swimming pools..all ammenities are here showers toilets ..There is a snack bar and coffee shop in the Aquatic centre also.There is a shop at the centre that sells swimwear if you forgot yours.. also they hire towels..This is an extremely popular swimming Centre..
There is much to see and do here and there are food outlets and huge lawned areas to sit and watch the people or just sit out in one of the bars and have a cool drink..
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This is an annual event sponsored by the Royal Australian Agriculture Society and is held every year during early April during the Holy Week on Easter period, hence the Easter Show.
It is visited literally by hundreds of thousands of locals and foreigners alike as it showcases the best produce, cattle, arts and crafts and competitions involving the rich and diverse agriculture sector of Australian society. We love the Woolworths exhibits which make use of traditional fresh produce from the farms and homes of Australian farmers and fruit and vegie growers. They are a sight to behold. Also visit the Dairy Farmer's exhibits- with opportunities for milking cows, petting farm animals and many more. There are horses and equestrian competitions, sheep shearing, shows involving Aussie alpacas, goats (mohair one are so cute), more sheep, pigs, etc. Anything associated with the farm is here, so go and visit it if you're in Sydney in April.. This year it runs from the 9th to the 24th of April. There are parades, fireworks, woodchopping competitions, car shows, plenty of rides and food,m entertainment for the whole family plus the much coveted SHOWBAGS full of goodies at discounted prices!
So what the bloody hell are you waiting for? Go to the Easter show now (and bring lots of money ok?)!
Telstra Stadium, which was known during the 2000 Olympics as Stadium Australia, is an incredible structure. It opened in March 1999 and is one of the best sporting venues in the world. It once held 110,000 people for the Olympics, but after renovations now holds 80,000. World-class sporting events are held here all the time.
"Behind the Scenes" Tours of the stadium are available daily between 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM. They last 1 hour. Prices are AU$26 for adults, $19.50 for concession, and $13 for children. Familys are admitted for $60.
"Spectators View" Tours of the stadium are available daily between 11 AM and 3 PM. They last 1 hour. Prices are $15 for adults, $13 for concession, and $7.50 for children. Families are admitted for $42.
The Sydney Aquatic Centre is where all swimming and diving events were held during the 2000 Summer Olympics. This is an interesting place to tour and get a behind-the-scenes look. All tours include a swim in the pool and use of the spa.
Tours are daily at 12 PM, 1 PM and 2 PM. They cost AU$17 for adults, $11 for concession, $8.50 for children, and $47 for families.
Sydney SuperDome was where the gymnastics events were held during the 2000 Summer Olympics. It is now a concert venue and expo centre, attracting world-class shows such as the Harlem Globetrotters, Rolling Stones, and Luciano Pavarotti. This is a great place to watch a concert.
I was here in April 2001 just walking around the Olympic Park and found out there was a KISS concert for their farewell tour. I easily got tickets from a scalper outside and had a great time at the concert.
Check the website for event info to see what is going on here when you are in Sydney.
Olympic Park was the site of the 2000 Olmpic Games. Olympic Park has many sports venues that are now used by the public and professional teams. Some of the arenas once used for the Olympics host a variety of shows and concerts.
There is a basketball, tennis, aquatic, gymnastics, hockey, archery, golf and other facilities available.
Liz and I spent a short time at Olympic Park exploring some of the facilities. We both remember watching the 2000 Sydney games so it was intersting to actually be on the site.
A good way to learn about Olympic park is to do the 'Listen Live' self-guided audio tour of the Olympic venues and surrounding parklands.
It includes entry to the Aquatic Centre and the 17th Floor Observation Deck where you get great views over Sydney and the Harbour Bridge, and to the Blue Mountains.
On receiving the MP3 player and map, we could explore for as long as we liked, there was no time limit! The map is numbered to each location, so you can move on whenever your bored!
Tour Times.... 9am & 4pm
Duration: As long as you like
Please note.....There are a lot of different tours that can be done, check the website for more details.
As Sydney celebrates its selection as venue for the 2008 World Youth Day, this park is a hub of activity for pilgrims attending the event and also for volunteers and locals.
But as a year round tourism spot, it has lots of scenic gardens, water features, and most of all venues for holding sports competitions , other sporting events arts and cultural shows and exhibits. Of course, it was constructed mainly for the 2000 Olympics which to date is still the most successful and well organised Olympics ever!
This year's WYD is hopefully no exception. The list of amenities at this awesom park is just endless! Tourists can take tours even of the huge ANZ (Australia and NEw Zealand Bank) Stadium, also there't ACER Arena, the numerous sports facilities, restaurants, cafes, etc.
It is near to the train station and there are always buses that stop here.
The most famous yearly event done here is the Easter Show which showcases the country's top agricultural, arts and cultural products and services.
Set aside a full day to enjoy this icon of SYdney's tourism attraction.
Sydney's Olympic Park situated in Homebush is a hotspot for events.
Whether you are attending a football match, an outdoor concert or just going to have a picnic, there are mementos of the Olympics scattered around.
The most visited monument is the Olympic Cauldron that held the flame.
There are tours that go there to show you around the Olympic Park.
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