So the weather is looking a bit showery over this weekend. Bit of a worry if you have young children.
If you’re like me and have very active children then somewhere they can run and play even in wet weather can be a lifesaver… and here’s a place that comes with its own extra lifesavers.
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre is Sydney’s premier swimming pool complex. It’s very central and has heaps of parking too.
My kids love the water playground especially the huge bucket which sloshes water down on them.
Here’s all in the info you need to know.
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2140
Phone: 9752 3666
Open: Monday–Friday 5am–9.45pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 6am–6.45pm in winter, 6am–7.45am in summer (November–April).
Open all year. Under fours free.
Pools: Indoors—50 metre Olympic pool, 50 metre training pool, large leisure pool, two baby splash pools, adults spas, steam room and saunas
This is a vast complex built for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The huge leisure pool is the main attraction for families. It has all sorts to amuse the children, including a bubble beach, fountains, submerged seating, waterfalls, a very fast river run and three bridges.
Splasher’s Water Playground is an amazing space, a large interactive indoor water playground. There is one long tube slide which does two loops before ending in a splash pool. There is a 1.2m height restriction for this slide. Check the website for summer/winter operating times for the playground and waterslide.
Waterslide: There is a 1.2m height restriction on this waterslide, prepare the kids in advance or they might be very disappointed if they are too short for it. Or relieved!
A large outdoor garden area has tables and chairs and is a good spot for children to run around after their swim. It is always worth calling first to see whether any events are taking place that may cause parking problems for casual visitors.
Cafe: The cafe is on the entrance level above the pools and serves meals. Tables and chairs are provided in the garden area outdoors.
Baby change: Family rooms beside changing rooms at both ends of leisure pool
Strollers: Lift to pool level
Swim school: Yes
Sports shop: Yes
Membership available: Yes
Mum’s report: A huge space for the children to play with heaps to amuse them. You’ll need two adults if you have more than one child or really little kids. Fun for adults too! The centre can get absolutely jam-packed, which can be overwhelming for really little kids.
Extra: Birthday parties organised for children aged three years and up
Parking: Free parking for casual swimmers, nearest carparks are P2 and P3, see website for all details
Nearest station: Olympic Park is a 10 minute walk away
Nearest ferry: Homebush Bay Wharf
Bus stop nearby: Yes
That’s the scoop on Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre.
Hope you enjoy your visit!