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..
THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFORMATION LINE IS 131 500
One of the must see I reckon would be the Olympic stadium grounds (now known as Telstra Stadium).
It seats 110,000 spectators able to see the opening and closing ceremonies, track and field program and the final of the men's soccer tournament.
Guided tours are available but check before heading there. Otherwise jz walk around the grounds and be amazed.
What a bright idea to reconvert the Sydney 2000 Olympic Cauldron into a Olympic Fountain! The names of the 1972 Olympic and 2267 Paralympic medal-winning athletes from the Sydney Games are recorded in the pavement around the base of the Cauldron.
I visited the Sydney Olympic Park before, during (3days budget restriction obliged...)and after the Games. The site is so extensive that even during the Games, I was surprised by the fluid flows of crowd. It is always a very relaxing athmosphere to stroll around sports building.
The centrepiece of Sydney Olympic Park, renamed Telstra Stadium after the Games is the largest stadium used in Olympic history with a seating capacity of 110'000! Nowadays the seating capacitiy is around 83'500. When I visited the Stadium before the Games, I feel so tiny in this impressive architecture. I even could enjoy a 56 meters run on the mytical sprint piste before to be stop by local security guard... I did not run enough fast so I choose to stay a simple spectactor during the Olympics ;-)
Just next to the Olympic Stadium you will find the Sydney SuperDome, the largest multi-use live entertainment and indoor sports arena in the Southern Hemisphere. For some $, I was able to visit and seat in the business lounge (not to bad...) but my Swiss bank account was not wealth enough to let me stay there during an Olympic gymnastic competition. Nowadays it is the home of Sydney Kings basketball team.
Sydney Aquatic Centre
Sydney Aquatic Centre was the "Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!" headquarters with a yellow/green crowd supporting the local Thorpedo and other sharks seeking for Olympic Gold 8-) The 25m and 50m pools and a water playground for the kids still hosts all aquatic activities. Do not miss the Bicentennial Park, Hall of Fame Museum but miss the level observation on Novotel top roof (admission fee not worth for the view).
The Olympic Stadium sure was worth a visit. I was blown away by the size of this place. It is enormous, and very interesting to see all that was not so long ago, a place of much activity, and important significance.
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.
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.
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.
Sydney Olympic Park was a stopover from my trip to the Blue Mountains.The sports complex was fantastic,was built to host the 2000 Olympics.
In front of the Telstra Stadium,there were numbers of nameposts where all the volunteer's name was written on the post in alphabetical order.I tried to find my name,wasnt there. :-)
Videos showing the history of sports and the park was shown inside a covered mushroom-like canopy.
Be sure to look by the Olympic Stadium, venue of the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Thinks the capacity of it, 100,000, was the largest ever for an Olympic Stadium, anyway there is plenty to see round about the site and you can reach it by taking the small jet cat from circular quay, another worthy trip on the water to take.
Yes, we were there. In a word, unforgettable. Saw a German in the steeplechase who was half a lap behind being cheered like a winner every time he went around.
Saw our Aussie hope get beaten in the pole vault to huge chants every time they jumped.
Saw a drugged up American in the long jump.
Saw one of the great Moroccan favourites get done in the 1500 metres.
Saw another drugged up athlete (Greek this time) win the 200 metres.
It was all epic, it was all wonderful, the atmosphere was beyond anything you've ever
experienced. A warm friendliness that permeated the whole city. Oh that life could be like that all the time.
For two weeks in Sydney, it was.
The stadium shown here has had the ends brought in (part of the original plan) and is now used for international events such as rugby, soccer and rugby league.
Half an hour drive from town or about 15 minutes via a speed cruise. It's where Sydney Olympic was held. Very new facilities. It is at this place that they just lost to England for Rugby world cup, so the mood there was not quite cheery! They said they were robbed! Yeah....
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.
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.
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?)!
Olympic Park is one of my favorite places whenever I felt like working out. I just grabbed my friend’s bike (also some bike rentals around there– or if you wanna buy one, go ahead!) and spend all day riding around (really big park, almost ripped me off!!) If there’s a FOOTY game (or what we call rugby) that night, BOOK IT!! Watching a footy game here is one of a must, so exciting and now I know why Ozzy are so crazy about this kind of sport.
Check for more details / schedule at www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au