Adventure and Sport

The waters of Sydney offer a wealth of activities for all ages and skill levels. Learn to surf, explore Sydney's waterways sailingkayaking and paddleboarding, or take a leisurely dip in Sydney's beaches and outdoor pools. You can enjoy whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, an Olympic venue.

Thrillseekers have a range of action-packed activities to enjoy. Get your heart pumping on a jet boat ride zooming and fishtailing on Sydney Harbour or soar on flying foxes in the TreeTop Adventure Park. Experience indoor skydiving at iFLY Downunder in Penrith, or check out the trampoline park Sky Zone.

iFly Downunder, Penrith

You’ll find excellent sports and recreation facilities at Sydney Olympic Park, also in western Sydney, and at the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in Ultimo, near Darling Harbour. The Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre is in the city centre, between the Australian Museum and St Mary’s Cathedral.

In the historic Rocks is the King George V Recreation Centre. The Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation is in Narrabeen, a suburb in the Northern Beaches area.

The city's green spaces are versatile playgrounds. Head to the enchanting Centennial Parklands where you can hire a bike, go horse riding, roller blading or enjoy a round of golf. Sydney Olympic Park also offers a wide range of sporting activities.

Kayaking, Sydney Harbour

Take a flying trapeze lesson, test your aim on the archery range, play mini golf, enjoy the indoor water playground at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, or hire a bike and explore Bicentennial Park.

For spectacular panoramic views of the city and beyond, climb the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb.

And get to know the city on foot via a number of easily accessible walks, trails and tracks through the Sydney Harbour National Park. Pack water, sunscreen and a camera and enjoy the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk or the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. The Great North Walk is an ambitious 250 km trek from Sydney to Newcastle, but you can divide it into shorter walks.

Don't miss these adventure activities in Sydney

  1. Family Fishing: Penrith

    Tuesday 21 August 2018 to Tuesday 12 February 2019 , Penrith

    Catch and Release family fishing with barbless hooks every Tuesday at the Regatta Centre. Get hooked on Family Fishing. Bring your friends or family, or simply join the fishing family at the Sydney International Regatta Centre for catch an…

    21 Aug - 12 Feb
  2. The Championships

    Tuesday 21 August 2018 to Tuesday 26 March 2019 , Moore Park

    The Grand Finals of Australian Racing. The Championships was inaugurated in 2014 as a Grand Finals concept to feature and showcase the very best of Australian racing as the jewel in the crown of Sydney’s Autumn Carnival.   This year will w…

    21 Aug - 26 Mar
  3. Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney

    Friday 24 August 2018 to Sunday 26 August 2018 , Surry Hills

    Oxfam Trailwalker is no walk in the park - it's one of the toughest team challenges in the world. Teams of four tackle 100 kilometres of bush trail within 48 hours, as well as fundraise for Oxfam's work to help overcome poverty and injust…

    24 Aug - 26 Aug
  4. Harness Racing at Menangle Park

    Saturday 25 August 2018 to Saturday 15 December 2018 , Campbelltown

    Enjoy a day at the trots, visit the outstanding track and facilities. The racing precinct has everything to accommodate every enthusiasts needs and offers a wide range of options for the general public right through to the corporate identi…

    25 Aug - 15 Dec
  5. Sydney Duathlon

    Saturday 25 August 2018 , Sydney Olympic Park

    They say triathletes can’t swim, but who needs to swim when there is duathlon! The Sydney Duathlon at Olympic Park features three distances, the Super Sprint for those looking to get a taste of the Duathlon action, and a Sprint distance.…

    25 Aug
  6. Bledisloe Cup Festival

    Saturday 25 August 2018 , Sydney Olympic Park

    The Bledisloe Cup Festival offers fans the opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest rivalries in world sport, the Qantas Wallabies versus the New Zealand All Blacks. The two best teams in the world will face off in the first match in Sy…

    25 Aug
  7. SIDS Stampede

    Sunday 26 August 2018 , Windsor

    The SIDS Stampede is a fun run and walk event set in the Hawkesbury area. It consists of four events: a 21 kilometre half marathon, 10 kilometre run, a 5 kilometre run and 5 kilometre friends and family walk. All money raised will go direc…

    26 Aug
  8. Chelmsford Stakes Race Day

    Saturday 01 September 2018 , Randwick

    The Australian Turf Club invites you to the track for Chelmsford Stakes Day! Join them at Royal Randwick to experience a day of thoroughbred racing including the Group Two AUD250,000 Chelmsford Stakes, and award winning hospitality.…

    01 Sep
  9. Yoga Jam

    Sunday 02 September 2018 , Bondi

    Yoga Jam at Bondi Pavilion is back! Join Rachael Coopes and Christian Ralston from BodyMindLife for a morning of Vinyasa yoga, African drumming/dance from Soul Drummer and house music overlooking the waves. It’s a yoga dance party. It’s a…

    02 Sep
  10. Sydney Spring Carnival

    Saturday 08 September 2018 to Saturday 13 October 2018 , Randwick

    The Spring Carnival brings Australia’s harbour city to life with 10 weeks of world-class thoroughbred racing. On show will be 23 Group races with an impressive prize pool of over AUD23million. All of Australia will be watching on as the w…

    08 Sep - 13 Oct
  11. Outdoor Bootcamp Fundraiser

    Saturday 08 September 2018 , Camden

    In collaboration with Never Back Down Health and Fitness, Gledswood will be hosting an outdoor Bootcamp to raise money for “Kylie walks the Black Dog” as she walks 300 kilometres along the New England Highway to raise money for Black Dog In…

    08 Sep
  12. Run To The Rose Day

    Saturday 08 September 2018 , Parramatta

    The Australian Turf Club invites you to the track for the opening day of the Sydney Spring Carnival, Run to the Rose Day! Rosehill Gardens comes alive with a day of thrilling thoroughbred racing, featuring the Group Two AUD200,000 Run to …

    08 Sep
  13. Colgate Optic White Stakes Day

    Saturday 15 September 2018 , Randwick

    The Sydney Spring Carnivals first day back at Royal Randwick, a day to celebrate the first Group One of the season, the Group One AUD500,000 Colgate Optic White Stakes! Racegoers will be dazzled by a stunning line up of incredible fashion,…

    15 Sep
  14. Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

    Sunday 16 September 2018 , North Sydney Chatswood

    Described as one of the most scenic and spectacular courses in Australia, the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival attracts around 33,000 participants annually. In 2013 the Blackmores Sydney Marathon was the first Australian marathon to be…

    16 Sep
  15. Shannons Nationals

    Friday 21 September 2018 to Sunday 23 September 2018 , Blacktown

    The Nationals was originally developed in 2006 as a cooperative effort between national level race car categories, circuit promoters and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport. The Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals provides …

    21 Sep - 23 Sep
  16. Golden Rose Day

    Saturday 22 September 2018 , Parramatta

    The Australian Turf Club invites you to the track for Golden Rose Day. Rosehill Gardens comes alive with the first Group One race in Sydney's west for the Sydney Spring Carnival, the AUD1million Golden Rose Stakes. The three-year old rac…

    22 Sep
  17. Broken Marathon Sydney

    Saturday 29 September 2018 ,

    Marathon for the masses! The inaugural Broken Marathon is taking place in the world class facilities of Sydney International Regatta Centre in September 2018. In the world’s newest long distance running experience, you accrue 42.2 kilometr…

    29 Sep