Are you looking for something exciting and fun to do with the kids? Then head on down to the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. This place is very affordable you will be quite surprised and It’s packed full of FUN water activities the kids wont want to leave! It’s the perfect place to enjoy on a rainy or hot summers day.
I took my 3 kids to Sydney Olympic park aquatic centre for the first time on a Sunday morning. We reached about 10:00am. They had a lot of parking space however it was almost full. We managed to get some parking. The parking is free for the first 4 hours and you need to make sure you take your parking ticket and get it validated at the counter else you will end up paying about $15 or so.
The swimming charges are similar to other aquatic centres…we paid $27 for the family (2 girls and 2 Adults and my youngest is 8 months so she is free)
The moment you step into this place you will be quite impressed. As you enter the centre from the counter on the left is the big Olympic size swimming pool. The day we came there were some school intra-sports activity going on and we saw batches of students competing.
The right side has all the kids activities and the MASSIVE kids water play area. It’s looks like a smaller version of Wet’n’Wild Sydney and you can hear the screams of excitement from the kids having a whale of a time.
I really enjoy coming to the Sydney Aquatic Centre. The staff are very friendly and there’s a really nice family friendly atmosphere here.
- Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre has something for everyone including a huge water playground, a rapid water river ride, water slides, spa, sauna and steam room, toddler’s pool, diving pool and a huge Olympic size pool.
- The highlight for all the kids here has to be the enormous bucket that fills with water and then tips into the pool below drenching everyone who is under it. (You can see a video of this below). All the kids gather underneath and wait eagerly for the bucket to tip and get soaked. A horn is sounded every 10 minutes to alert you when it’s about to happen. It’s a real thrill and even the Adults love getting soaked!
- On days when The Olympic size pool is not being used for competitions or school sporting events, you will see a giant inflatable obstacle course that looks really fun and exciting. I asked about this to find out who could use it and was told that the kids can use it but they need to be able to swim at least 25metres (if i remember correctly). They have to be assessed first at the far end of the pool before they are allowed to go on it.
- Check out Urban Jungle it’s the best High Ropes Adventure Park. If you buy tickets for this then entry to the pool is free.
- There is a huge outdoor garden area surrounded by native trees and palms where you can enjoy a lunch or a picnic with friends or family. Plenty of tables and chairs are provided. It makes a great venue for hosting a kids birthday party.
- Changing rooms and Family changing rooms are available and in good condition. For those who are members a members only changing room is available.
How to get here and parking
Getting here is easy and clearly sign posted. Parking is available next to the centre and you can get your parking ticket validated at reception and they will give you the first four hours free.
Address: Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Brand New Mum’s and Bubs Facilities
The Aquatic Centre has recently installed a bottle warming station including a microwave located at Cafe Aqua.
The following facilities are available for mums ad Bubs.
- Water Playground Area – It’s called the Splasher’s Water Playground (a fun interactive indoor playground) which is suitable for toddlers to grown ups. It’s nice and shallow at one end which is perfect for toddlers, with fountains and water features.
- Family changing room – Your own private changing room with change tables and shower facilities. The only thing i don’t like about using these are the long queues to go inside, especially at the weekend.
- Bottle warming station including a microwave located at Cafe Aqua
Entry to the pool is very affordable with kids. Here are the entry fees.
Price: Adult $7.50
Child (4-15 years) $6.00
Concession (Student/Pension/Senior) * $6
(2 Adults, 3 Children or 1 Adult, 4 Children) $27.50
Additional Family Member $5.50
Group Concession (10+ people) $5.70
Spectator/Non Swimmer $4
Opening times during Winter: Weekdays 5am – 9pm
Weekends 6am – 7pm
Public Holiday 6am – 7pm
Opening times during Summer: Weekdays 5am – 9pm
Weekends 6am – 8pm
Public Holiday 6am – 8pm
What to Bring
Bring a towel, swim nappies (When you visit the Aquatic Centre ask to receive your free sample. You can purchase Huggies nappies for $1), swimmers and spare clothes and food and plenty of water.