You don’t need to go back in time to relive the excitement of the 2000 Olympics. Here are five fun things to do at Sydney Olympic Park.
ANZ Stadium Explore Tour
Most of us can only dream of being an elite athlete but everyone on this entertaining tour gets to run down the athletes’ tunnel at ANZ Stadium to the sound of 80,000 people cheering. Even though it is only a recording the wall of sound still makes your legs pump faster. Away from the sporting field visitors can play at being VIPs in the members’ lounge and visit restricted athlete areas for a behind the scenes glimpse (and smell) of the locker rooms. An Olympic medal dais awaits at the end of the tour for photo opportunities.
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
This iconic indoor venue hosted the swimming in 2000 and its Olympic facilities remain along with a terrific kid’s play area with a waterslide, rapid river ride and spurting volcanoes. Grown ups will probably prefer the impressive steam, spa and sauna area that is perfect for soothing aching muscles. It costs less than $5 to remember your favourite Olympic moments at this historic pool which is widely regarded as one of the fastest in the world.
Sydney Olympic Park Segway Tour
Segways (electric self-balancing stand up scooters) are available for zippy tours which are great fun although most visitors have to conquer the urge to speed. After an orientation session and some confidence building exercises those on the 30 minute tour can try their hand at some precision riding and enjoy a little off-road action. The exhilarating 90 minute X2 Adventure Plus tour has all the excitement of an Olympic final.
Sydney Olympic Park Bike Ride
Why not hire a bike and explore the entire 2000 Olympics site at your own pace? It’s easy to relive the magic of the ‘best games ever’ on the leisurely 7km Olympic Circuit. In just under an hour you’ll pass the famous Olympic cauldron which has since been turned into a fountain and cruise alongside Cathy Freeman Park before travelling back via the Sydney Sports Centre. This houses the Hall of Champions, a permanent exhibition paying tribute to some of New South Wales’ most famous athletes. If you feel like a snack, there are plenty of cafes to stop off at along the way.
Australian Tennis Museum
The Australian Tennis Museum at Sydney Olympic Park is home to an impressive array of racquets, trophies, clothing, balls, photos, videos, scrapbooks, programs and books, all of them linked to Australia’s tennis greats. Check out the dress Sam Stosur wore at the US Open in 2011 or take a trip back in time to the Hopman Era. Tennis aficionados can take their time appreciating the thoughtfully curated exhibits while the kids go on a treasure hunt for answers to some tricky tennis questions. Successful sleuths are registered as ‘official tennis detectives’ at the museum. With more than 15,000 items in the collection there’s always something new to see at this fascinating museum.
Disclosure: The writer travelled as a guest of the Accor Hotel Group.