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Your One-Stop Guide To Sydney Olympic Park

Located in the west of Sydney, The Sydney Olympic Park is the one-stop-shop for all things sporty, entertainment and family fun. Commonly known as the Olympic park, it is a large sports and entertainment complex. The area facilitates numerous sporting, musical, and cultural events, including the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Sydney Festival, Stereosonic, Big Day Out, Soundwave, Sydney 500 and a number of world-class sporting fixtures. It was redeveloped for the 2000 Olympics. 

Indoor arena Sydney Olympic Park
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Getting There

The Sydney Olympic Park is located in the West of Sydney in the local government area of the City of Parramatta Council. It is 15 km off the Sydney West business district and the easiest way to reach would be either train or ferry. The train from Central Station to Olympic Park Station takes about 30 minutes to reach and a ferry ride from Circular Quay takes about an hour to reach the destination. 

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Venues

ANZ stadium Sydney Olympic Park
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Aquatic Centre

The Aquatic centre hosts international, national, state and community competitions for the events swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming competition. It was also the venue for the 2000 Olympics. One can engage themselves in various water-related activities like lap swimming, pools etc. There are various one day and subscription-based activities available on offer. 

Archery Centre

The Aquatic centre hosts international, national, state and community archery competitions. It was also the venue for the 2000 Olympics. The 6.5-hectare Archery Centre section is enclosed by natural mangrove wetlands and two sculptural ‘pole forests’ built from 185 recycled timber power poles. It is one of the best examples of ecologically sustainable development. Various archery courses and single days events can be taken up here. 

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Athletic Centre

Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre is an international world-class, multi-function venue. Opened in 1994, it was utilised as a competition venue for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Ranging from General athletic training to various sporting events, numerous options are available on offer for visitors to take up. 

Hockey Centre


Sydney Olympic Park
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Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre was selected place for the men’s and women’s hockey for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Hockey Centre is part of the Authority’s Sports Venues division, which facilitates training needs of athletes and the recreational and fitness needs of the community. The place also hosts various hockey events around the year and the pitch is also available for hire for other events. 

ANZ Stadium

The ANZ Stadium, commonly known as Stadium Australia is a multipurpose stadium inside the Sydney Olympic park region. Various sporting events like soccer, rugby, cricket, motorsports take place in this stadium on a regular basis. The national rugby league is the commonly hosted event in this stadium. It was also a venue for the 2000 Olympics. 

QudosBank Arena

With a capacity of up to 21000, the QudosBank Arena is one of the largest indoor entertainment and sporting arenas. It is ranked in the top 10 arenas of the world and it is centrally located in the Sydney Olympic Park. The arena is home to the famous family events like Disney on Ice, The Wiggles and indoor sport, such as Fast4 Tennis, International Netball and AusX Open Motocross. 

Netball Central

With its doors opened to the public in 2015, the Netball Central is an elite Netball facility located in the Sydney Olympic Park. It also hosts a wide range of community, corporate and sporting functions and events. Invictus Games 2018 and the Netball World Cup 2015 are the two of the most noted events that have taken place in the NetBall central. The courts also lend themselves perfectly to other sporting activities including basketball, volleyball, badminton and more, as well as events such as dance recitals, performing arts rehearsals, trade shows and exhibitions.

Sydney Showground

Opened in 1998, The Sydney Showground was not only a venue for the 2000 Summer Olympics, but It also hosts the Sydney Royal Easter Show every year. It replaced the former Sydney Showground at Moore Park. It consists of the Sydney Showground Stadium, The dome, Charles Moses Stadium. 

Tennis Centre

Tennis World offers a fantastic range of programs that combines tennis, fitness and fun into one. The centre has a wide range of membership as well as casual plans to offer. It is also a venue for Birthday events, Holiday camps and Functions.  

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Australia itself would be during the warmers days in December to February. It is the peak season time and attracts visitors from all around the globe. These months see the lowest amount of rainfall and days although still not hot, can range between 16 to19 degrees centigrade. However being the peak season time, a large number of crowds. If thin crowds and off-peak rates are the goals of your trip, then off-peak season between February and march or October and November would be the ideal time to plan the trip. The days are considerably warm and relatively dry.

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