Sydney Sports & Activities

Given its climate and its taste for the great outdoors, it's no surprise that Sydney is addicted to sports. In the cooler months rugby league dominates the sporting scene, although these days the Sydney Swans, the city's flag bearer in the national Australian Rules Football (AFL) competition, attract far bigger crowds. In summer cricket is the major spectator sport, and nothing arouses more passion than international test cricket games—especially when Australia plays against England, the traditional enemy. Sydney is well equipped with athletic facilities, from golf courses to tennis courts, and water sports come naturally on one of the world's greatest harbors.

Australian Rules Football

Sydney Cricket Ground. A fast, demanding game in which the ball can be kicked or punched between teams of 22 players, Australian Rules Football...

Bicycling

Sydney's favorite cycling track is Centennial Park's Grand Parade, a 3¾-km (2¼-mile) cycle circuit around the perimeter of this grand, gracious...

Boating and Sailing

EastSail. Rent bareboat sailing and motored yachts from this operator for A$655 per half day (four hours); a manned yacht costs around A$915...

Cricket

Cricket is Sydney's summer sport, and it's often played in parks throughout the nation. For Australians the pinnacle of excitement is the Ashes...

Rugby League

Sydney Football Stadium. Known locally as football (or footy), rugby league is Sydney's winter addiction. This is a fast, gutsy, physical...

Scuba Diving

Dive Centre Manly. Located at the popular northern Sydney beach, Dive Centre Manly runs all-inclusive shore dives each day, which let you...

Surfing

All Sydney surfers have their favorite breaks, but you can usually count on good waves on at least one of the city's ocean beaches. Lets Go...

Swimming

Sydney has many heated Olympic-size swimming pools, some of which go beyond the basic requirements of a workout. Many Aussies, however, prefer...

Tennis

Cooper Park Tennis Centre. This complex includes eight synthetic-grass courts and a café in a park surrounded by native bushland, about 5...

Windsurfing

Balmoral Windsurfing, Sailing, and Kayak School. Balmoral Windsurfing, Sailing, and Kayak School runs classes from its base at this north...

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