Sydney Olympic Park is a suburb of the city that was used for the 2000 Olympic Games. That doesn't mean that this suburb isn't still a major tourist attraction. The various Olympic venues that can be found in Olympic Park now serve as facilities for a range of other events, including major festivals such as the Sydney Festival. A variety of world-class sporting events are also held at Sydney Olympic Park, and you might check out the suburb's parkland or its commercial opportunities while in the area.
The Sydney Olympic Park suburb can be found approximately ten miles west of the city's Central Business District. The area was originally part of the suburb of Homebush Bay, and it was sorely in need of a facelift by most accounts. Much of the Homebush Bay area had become a sort of industrial wasteland after decades of industrial activity. Trash was regularly dumped in the area as well, and since it was of little value prior to the 2000 Olympics, the military often used it for various activities.
Many Olympic Park visitors come to swim at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center. This fantastic complex features an Olympic swimming pool, a diving pool, and various training facilities, all of which served the needs of Olympic athletes during the 2000 Games. A leisure pool area can also be found at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center, and it features more than just a pool. In fact, it is more or less a water park. Spurting water volcanoes, a fun rapids ride, and a manmade beach attraction are also found in the leisure pool area. The admission fees for the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Center are reasonable, so dropping by for some fun doesn't have to put a big dent in your budget.
The list of things to do at the Sydney Olympic Park suburb is a long one. Visitors can try to catch a soccer or rugby match at ANZ Stadium, and stadium tours are also available if you want to learn more about the venue. Among other things, the ANZ Stadium was used for the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2000 Olympic Games. For tennis enthusiasts, visiting the world-class Tennis Centre at Olympic Park is a treat, while golfers can work on their game at the Olympic Park Golf Centre. You can rent courts at the Tennis Centre, and over at the Golf Centre, the practice facilities are refreshingly affordable. Visiting the health and fitness complex to workout, swinging on a trapeze at the Circus Arts School, and testing your skills at the Archery Centre are just some of the other options for things to do in this fun and family-friendly part of Sydney.
Many Sydney Olympic Park visitors choose to enjoy tours of some kind, and it's not hard to understand why. There are some interesting tour options, and they include the Segway tours. On a Sydney Olympic Park Segway tour, you can explore acres of beautiful parkland. Other tour options include touring the aquatic center and taking a walking tour that offers insight into the 2000 games. If you're not up for a guided tour during your visit to Sydney Olympic Park, you can always rent a bike and take your own tour.
A number of Sydney Olympic Park restaurants are in place to serve the dining needs of the area's visitors. Cafes and a variety of food concession stands are also among the dining facilities, and if you're only in the mood for drinks, there are a variety of bars to choose from. You won't have to worry about your lodging needs either on a visit to the area. There are Olympic Park lodging options for all. Among the best is the Pullman Hotel. This hotel on Olympic Boulevard offers five-star comfort in its rooms, not to mention some enticing facilities. Cheaper hotels can also be found in and around the area, so you don't have to pay luxury hotel rates if you are hoping to save money on lodging. The cheap hotels include the Hotel Ibis Olympic Park and the even cheaper Formule 1 Sydney Olympic Park. There is also a 98-bed lodge at Olympic Park, and it is especially ideal for school and specialist groups.