Sydney's Inner West
Located in the middle of the Sydney Olympic Park precinct this park is a must for those who love a great playground and don't mind getting wet!
Cathy Freeman Park is home to the Movies by the Boulevard (held in January) and also home to many Kids in the Park activities during School Holidays.
Outside of these times though it's a great place to take the kids and there's plenty to do! Wide open spaces and gorgeous green grass beg for a picnic, there's heaps of paths which make it a great park for scootering or bike riding too.
Directly across the street from the Olympic Stadium, the park is now home to the Olympic Cauldron. It stands on 24 stainless steel columns and weighs approximately seven tonnes and is now a huge water feature which the kids absolutely love. And they get very wet, the water cascades out of the top of the cauldron brings you back to the opening of the 2000 Olympic Games and there is a heap of water! The kids had a ball riding their scooters in and out of the poles which hold the cauldron up and it was all the more fun with water pouring over them!
The names of the 1,972 Olympic Medalists and 2,627 Paralympic Medallists at the Sydney Games are recorded on gold, silver and bronze nameplates at the base of the Olympic Cauldron.
Also in the park are two playgrounds, one suitable for the younger ones and one that entertained the older kids for a remarkable period. The playground contains many really unique pieces of equipment and is all set over soft fall. The larger playground is under a shade sail and the smaller is set among massive Morton Bay Fig trees providing heaps of shade.
The park is also home to some very large artworks which did lead to a very in-depth conversation with the kids about the Olympics! Cathy Freeman's stride is also marked out so you can try and beat it!
Toilet facilities are great, with a baby change in the disabled toilet. Parking is easy on all sides of the park but street parking (2P) can get difficult if there is an event on. There are plenty of other parking options close by.