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Location: Homebush Bay
On the day it was announced by the head of the Olympic committee, Juan Anotonio Samaranch, that Sydney would host the year 2000 Olympic Games, the entire city literally went wild with joy and anticipation. The Opera House was lit up with the colors of the Olympic logo and the skies were filled with the sound of fireworks.
As Sydney nears its goal, much has change especially in the western region where the Olympics will be held. The site chosen for the games is the Homebush Bay. The newest, biggest and possibly the most expensive swimming pool can be found here. (Australia is known for her swimmers). The Sydney Aquatic Centre has attracted visitors from all over the place with its huge training pool complete with moveable floor (the depth can be altered from 2.5m to nothing)and a leisure pool decorated with mosaics, waterfalls, fountains and surrounded by palm trees.
There are also warm spas as well as a sauna. Included in the centre is a fitness gym and a restaurant above. As you stroll along the bridge leading from the entrance, be sure to stop and read the information on the boards posted in the middle of the bridge. The boards will tell you about past Olympic gold medalists from around the world. (Kieren Perkins and Samantha Fox are Australia's best known swimmers.)
To glimpse the new Olympic logo, visitors should head for Darling Harbour where a huge iron wrought statue is located. For souvenirs and merchandise as well as up-to-date information (e.g. ticket prices, dates) head towards the Olympic Store in Centrepoint Tower.
TIPS: To get to Homebush via public transport, simply catch the train to Strathfield Station and then get the bus with the Olympic sign at the front. (Future plans reveal that the government intend to link the site with Central Station.)
Getting there by car may prove a little tricky. At the time of writing, Homebush was still undergoing major construction and the only parking available was at the Aquatic Centre which has limited parking spaces. The best times are before the school holidays start which is usually around December to February.
If you are planning to visit Sydney during the Olympic season, be warn as there will be an influx of travellers from around the world. The government anticipates this to be the busiest time of the year. It is recommended that you book for accommodations as early as possible to avoid the rush. Try to look for places away from the city area but close to train stations.
For more information, visit the Official Olympic Sydney Homepage.
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