Sydney Olympic Park is on the traditional lands of the Wann clan, known as the Wann-gal, whose lands stretched along the southern shore of the Parramatta River between Cockle Bay (Gadigal land) and Rose Hill (Burramatta-gal land).
The waterway’s tidal ecosystems provided a variety of tools for people to gather plants for food and fibres and to hunt animals for food and clothing.
The area was remediated and transformed from industrial uses to the home of the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The restoration of this unique site and the construction of world-class facilities created a legacy of sporting and recreational spaces for everyone to enjoy.
There are 430 hectares of wetlands, woodlands and parklands to discover, with 35 kilometres of bike trails, walking paths and scenic boardwalks to get you around.
There are plenty of family-friendly walks to experience at Sydney Olympic Park, like the Nature Trail.
You can begin at Haslam’s Pier, a landmark piece of art that transitions you from the park’s town centre to natural areas. From here, look out for water birds in the Northern Water Feature and Eastern Pond, including black swans, ducks and swamp hens.
You can walk to the top of Kronos Hill. It is 25 meters above ground, where you’ll get a fantastic westward view and hear the variety of wetlands and forests. Kronos Hill is established on a former landfill. It is a thriving natural world for the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frogs, birds and other wildlife.
Many people enjoy the spiral pathway up the Bay Marker at Wentworth Common, where you can take in 360-degree views. At the end of the walk, you can rest and play at Wentworth Common, which features sandpits, sculptures and a playground.
Beyond the Nature Trail, there is plenty more to discover. You can use the Sydney Olympic Park app to guide you along walks and sights or take a self-guided tour to learn about the Olympic legacy, Bicentennial Park and surrounds, or the diversity of urban and public art.
Visit the Things-to-do section to find out more about the area’s wetlands and woodlands, the Badu Mangrove Boardwalk, Murama Dance Ground and Healing Space.
You can also follow a range of walks, from the Wangal Walk and Brickpit Ring Walk to the Newington Nature Reserve circuit or the permanent orienteering course.