Long after the last national anthem was played during the Olympic Games held in Sydney in the year 2000, the NSW capital is still enjoying the amenity of Sydney Olympic Park with Parramatta now calling it home.
Cheer on your favourite sporting team
ANZ Stadium is a multi-purpose arena that seats up to 83,500 spectators. Be it the FIFA World Cup, the super-charged Monster Jam, State of Origin or the NRL Grand Final, Australia's Home Ground puts spectators front and centre of the action. The Sydney Qudos Bank Arena located in Sydney Olympic Park is also a magnet for music lovers with big name international artists acts such as Bruno Mars, Drake, Paul McCartney and basketball games featuring teams such as the Sydney Kings versus NZ Breakers.
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
The young will love to splash and slide at Splasher's Water Playground all year round at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre during the school holidays. The family-friendly options continue in the grounds of the aquatic centre at The Urban Jungle, an outdoor high ropes adventure course that offers aerial activities and circus workshops. After experiencing a fun current in the rapid river ride and blasting out of the water slide, snap your goggles on and channel your inner Olympian with a few laps in the 50m heated pool. For the young at heart, Commonwealth Senior Card Holders and Pensioners enjoy free entry every Tuesday from 8am to 3pm.
Stay and play
You can stay right in the heart of all the action at Sydney Olympic Park with a plethora of hotels that range from budget to luxury. Accommodation options include the swish five-star Pullman, the 4.5-star rated Novotel, the conveniently located Quest apartments, the well-placed Hotel Ibis and Ibis Budget Hotel, and the 110-bed YMCA-run budget option, The Lodge. You don't have to be a visitor to stay in Sydney Olympic Park. Why not be a tourist in your own town and enjoy an accessible short break within an hour's drive from home?
Eat your way around the world
It's fitting that foodies can eat their way around the world while remaining in Sydney Olympic Park. Start at the Abattoir Blues Café, where a meal is made memorable by the fact the venue is housed in a historic 1900s' abattoir building, which has charm and character. Lotus Story is another food and coffee collective worth visiting for its famed pho (wagyu, sliced brisket, 12-hour broth, mint and bean sprouts). The small bar revolution has also made its way to Sydney Olympic Park with Mexica home to the most comprehensive list of tequila and whisky outside Sydney's CBD. Pablo & Rusty's Coffee Roasters is the place to go for a hit of caffeine and Bacar is a fine place to dine if you're looking for something fancier.
For fabulous children's activities
Learn to fly through the air, swing, flip and catch like a pro during a Mega Mix Circus workshop, play a round of Disc Golf or hire a bike from the Blaxland Riverside Park. Archery is also an option, where children aged 10 and up learn the basics of shooting a bow and arrow. Let the kids explore the spacious parklands of Bicentennial Park and walk through the Badu Mangrove forest.