I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I didn’t know what a treillage was, until I walked up one at Bicentennial Park.
But more of that later..
It never ceases to amaze me how often I have been to Homebush’s Sydney Olympic Park complex and how I still discover new things to this day.
The complex was created as the primary venue for the 2000 Olympics, but its real value is the continuing use it has as a wonderful recreational space for the people of Sydney and as a thriving habitat for local wildlife.
With that in mind I decided that I would make it my mission to find a way to easily access the natural delights of this one area of the complex using public transport and I found one approach that I think makes the site very accessible.
Getting To Bicentenniel Park
A train from Sydney’s Central Station takes you to Concord West station.
Just walk up the platform to the concourse. Turn left to grab a few snacks from the mainstreet, first. Or if you want to head straight to Bicentenniel Park, turn right.
Follow King Street and then Victoria Avenue and you are a mere ten minutes walk from the entry to Bicentenniel Park – the Victoria Avenue Gates.
What’s wonderful is that there is a very agreeable picnic area just inside the entrance so if you are with young children or just don’t feel inclined to walk much you can just take advantage of this space without venturing further.
If you take the normal route to this complex via the Olympic Park train station, you end up in the midst of all the stadiums and have to walk a fair way to leave behind that concrete jungle. This approach, as you can see, is far more immediate.
For those interested in climbing the Treillage Tower for the novelty and the views, walk on…
The Treillage Tower
Treillage. Lets address that before we go any further. Apparently it is a “framework consisting of an ornamental design made of strips of wood or metal” (thanks audioenglish.org!).
The one at Bicentenniel Park takes you up to a 17 metre high viewing platform and rewards your climb with 360 degree views of the surrounds. Great for photo opportunities.
Climb down from the tower and down the stairs and you will find a small wetland area with mangroves. Sydney Olympic Park is full of mangrove and wetland areas in fact – both natural and man made.
The largest feature of the park is really Belvedere Lake and its surrounding grassy slopes and attractive landscaping. It’s sort of the central gathering area with a function centre, bike hire and cafe nearby.
There are also a bunch of picnic facilities scattered above and around the lake.
Check out this short snippet of my own visit to Bicentennial Park…
If you don’t feel like walking back, Lake Belvedere is a good exit point to the park using public transport with buses (take the 525 or 526) that stop just in front of the closest exit to the lake. From there you can get to Strathfield Train Station which is a good location from which to get trains back to the city or out West for more exploring.