Cook and Phillip Park

For a change of pace, do as the locals do and go for a swim at the Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic & Fitness Centre, which is located across from the Australian Museum at the southern end of the park.

The complex offers a full range of swimming and recreational activities, including a wave pool, but it’s worth visiting just to see the mural that graces the western wall of the Olympic pool. Inspired by the life of Australian swimming champion Annette Kellerman, it consists of eight painted panels depicting scenes from a long and colourful career.

Also worth a look is the Yurong Water Garden near the northern end of the park.

(02) 9326 0444; open Mon–Fri 6am–10pm and Sat–Sun 7am–8pm.

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