Reviews of Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
I used to go here when I was in my late teens (when they first built the aquatic centre) and in my early 20s.
It's got a great kids section for anyone that has children, two olympic size pools, I loved the rapid river ride and the big inflatable obstacle raft they had out.
It was just a really fun place to be with your friends in the Summer.
I expected an olympic-sized pool with serious goggle-clad swimmers doing laps, but I'd heard from a couple of mum friends how great the facility is for kids.
I came here a week ago with a few girlfriends and our 13-14 month old toddlers after some beach plans fell through because of the crummy weather. Four days later, I was back. Needless to say, the toddler (and I) enjoyed it that much.
There is an olympic-sized pool, of course. Two, in fact. One is reserved for competitions, and the other for doing laps / training. There is also a diving pool (boring), a spa (reserved for members), and -- this is where it gets exciting -- a water playground and a rapid river ride.
The water playground is pretty spectacular, with a number of water slides, buckets that fill up and tip over -- including one giant one. There are plenty of shallow bits suitable for toddlers and babies, and some slightly deeper areas for the older kids. There are lots of fun water fountains and jets, contraptions to pull at, wheels to turn, and plenty of people to watch.
It does get busy during school holidays and on weekends, but the space is big enough so that it's not unbearable. As an adult, I found it lots of fun, and you can only imagine how excited the kids get.
On my second visit, the rapid river ride was shut down, everyone booted out of the pool and sent to the water playground. About 20-30 minutes later, they shut that one down too and evacuated the disappointed crowds over to the training pool (which isn't much fun). We found out later that it was due to a vomit situation, and they issued us a family visit pass to come back again.
Change room facilities are pretty decent too. We found the four family change rooms particularly handy.
I'm definitely coming back (and even considering a membership or multi visit pass. Oh, and 4 hours free parking when you validate your ticket. Can't complain!
What a fantastic place! The kids pools look state of the art and there were kids of all ages having a great time! There are buckets that fill up with water and the kids squeal with delight when it tips water on them (you'll have to see it to know what I mean). There is a water slide for the bigger kids (and some adults too). There are lap pools for more serious swimmers too. Cafe has a nice outlook over the kids pool so even spectators can take in the fun!
*water slide *roundabout *water park *2 kids pools *free spa(comes with a free queue and overcrowding) *free hot showers *try the splash days when the big inflatable obstacle raft is out.
Huge space. I get a bit of a flutter when i walk in knowing we had an olympics right here!
Super fun for all ages. Be prepared to split up as different age kids like things on opposite sides of the pool and you cant keep an eye on them doing diff things.
Bring your togs as they don't allow regular clothes (e.g my jellybelly kaftan). First time i saw a burkini was here, and i want one!
Expensive for a quick dip, but if you bring your own food, grab a table and deck chair outside, you can make a great day out for the family. CONS. Quite a hectic atmosphere when its busy. Diving pool closed. Kiosk with average chips and average coffee. Pay for parking over 4 hours.
The kids enjoyed there day here to no end. Although I thought it was a little expensive once I realized we were going to be there for the whole day and they would be entertained for the day, it was worth it. I am definitely thinking of putting my kids into the swim class here despite it being a bit of a distance from home.
Perhaps a little pricey, but there's something for everyone here - the kids will have a ball in the kids pool with all sorts of splashing toys & a circular wave pool, and the adults can do laps or splash around in deeper water. There's also public spas & (think for an extra fee) a sauna. Both kids have had swimming lessons there & been helped + really enjoyed it, friendly instructors.