Sydney Olympic Park Marks 15th Anniversary

14 Sep 2015

Sydney Olympic Park Marks 15th Anniversary

On 15 September 2000, the world watched Cathy Freeman ignite the Olympic Cauldron to open what was subsequently described as 'the best Games ever'.

15 years later, the ongoing legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be celebrated at Cathy Freeman Park, where the Olympic Cauldron will again burn bright from 11am-7pm on Tuesday 15 September 2015.

The occasion will also be marked by a BYO picnic party at Cathy Freeman Park from 12noon-2pm, when free live music and festivities will see Sydneysiders celebrate Sydney Olympic Park and how far it has come since that magical night 15 years ago.

“15 years on from the ‘Best Games ever’, Sydney Olympic Park is a thriving place for commercial, residential, recreation, events and education. The Park has become a well-loved part of Sydney, playing a significant role for both the community and the NSW economy,” said Stuart Ayres, the Minister for Sport and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events.

A special 15th anniversary, self-guided 1.2km Discovery Walk, with stops at 10 iconic locations across the Sydney Olympic Park town centre, will also be available to visitors from sunrise-sunset on Tuesday 15 September. Participants in the Discovery Walk will relive memories of the 'best Games ever' as well as discover remarkable facts about Sydney Olympic Park's many cultural, entertainment and sporting attractions.

Sydney's most vibrant mixed-use location, Sydney Olympic Park today makes a significant contribution to the NSW economy and is enjoyed by 14 million people annually.

With a daily population of more than 20,000 residents, workers and students, the Park is home to 225 businesses and hosts more than 5,000 events per year – that is, an average of 14 events per day. Sydney Olympic Park’s public parklands and natural environments play host to more than 80,000 cyclists per month and the Park’s sporting and educational facilities host 500,000 student visitors per year. With the large number of commercial and residential developments within the Park either underway or planned Sydney Olympic Park will continue to grow and develop for years to come.

Covering 640 hectares 425 of which are parklands and picturesque green space, the Park today serves as a social hub for people to enjoy 35km of cycle paths and walking trails, BBQ and family picnic facilities, bird watching, playgrounds and water play areas.

Boasting 10 world-class major event venues, more than 100 indoor and outdoor function spaces, more than 30 on-site dining options, budget and luxury hotels, residential apartments, the heritage-listed Newington Armory, beautiful Bicentennial Park and leading and award-winning sustainability practices, Sydney Olympic Park is undoubtedly a living legacy of 'the best Games ever', celebrating 15 years.  For more information, visit


Tuesday 15 September 2015

  • Olympic Cauldron Lighting: 11am-7pm
  • Picnic Party at Cathy Freeman Park: 12noon-2pm
  • Discovery Walk: sunrise-sunset



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