I had heard that the Olympic park originally built for the 2000 Sydney olympics was worth a visit as there was a lot going on. I am afraid I have to disagree although my judgement may be coloured by my mode of arrival.
Up river to the Olymics
I had the great idea of arriving by water. I jumped on the Paramatta bound ferry and had a lovely 45 minutes cruise deep into the western reaches of the harbour. I admired the waterside properties and marvelled at the number of Sydney houses that have a view of the water.
Sydney suburbs stretch out in all directions for miles and are a real mix of house designs and sizes.
After admiring the eclectic properties I arrived at the Sydney Olympic Park quay and got off the ferry looking forward to admiring the legacy of the olympics.
Where are the Stadia?
Not quite what I expected. Clearly during the games there were shuttle buses, Now I walked. It was a very long way and not really clearly marked. It took an age to get there. I ended up crossing a “feature”. A water filled hole where, I think. They used to mine clay to make bricks.
Is there anyone there?
When I eventually arrived at the Olympic site the place seemed really deserted and ghostly.
I came across the Charles Moses Stadium and this was in a state of disrepair.
I am not sure what this was used for in the Olympic s but is now used for a log throwing event.
As I walked though the place the other stadia were clearly in use but the place is massive and felt so empty
I am not alone
As I reached the ANZ stadium and the railway station area there were other people around. There does appear to be some offices and businesses in their area.
Had I arrived by train I think my impression would have been a little different.
The area is used for a number of events and clearly has enormous capacity for showpiece events but feels underused.
This seems the same of many old Olympic venues, even those that made a profit, which I believe Sydney did.
So it did initially feel spooky but clearly there is some life in the area still. Just don’t arrive by boat.