Get active and let go of the extra kilos the fun way
The Sydney Olympic Park is quite big and it can get confusing. However, if you want to walk, jog, run, scoot or cycle, with the option of dropping by a good shopping centre, Liberty Grove is the place you're after. That is, if the Rhodes Foreshore gets too boring for you because it is well-paved, flat and has a scenic water view.
To access Liberty Grove, one option is to come from Bicentennial Park. However, if you want to go shopping after your walk, jog, run, scoot or cycle, it is best to find available street parking right across the shopping centre in Rhodes. Leaving your car at the Rhodes Waterfront Shopping Centre carpark might not be a good idea because free parking is only for three hours. (Feel free to pay for parking, however, if it is your option). There is limited parking right at the entrance to Liberty Grove near the intersection of Oulton Avenue and Rider Boulevard, but be warned it can only accommodate around 8 cars.
It's a good run with nature on both sides at Liberty Grove. Trees shield you from nearby Homebush Bay Drive.
The mixed-use circuit can get crowded with joggers, runners, cyclists, and families just having a stroll with their kids in strollers or scooters. Running parallel to Homebush Bay Drive but sheltered by trees, there is a lot of green on the other side bounded by trees and mangroves.
Powell's Creek is tributary to the Parramatta River and the bridge that takes you across it is a welcome addition to the features of the Parkland Circuit at Sydney Olympic Park
During winter, it is probably a good idea to come when the sun is high up to compensate for the chilly temperature, but towards sunset, views can be awesome. You just need to pause and appreciate it, the sight can be breath-taking.
If your nearby park is not big enough for a good run, head out to Liberty Grove at Sydney Olympic Park
From the Rhodes entrance to Liberty Grove, branching off to the Parklands Circuit towards Bicentennial Drive is a stretch of 1.5 kilometres one way. Catching the sunset at Liberty Grove on the way back is a bonus.
The paved lane from the Parklands Circuit to the Concord West Playground had the abandoned feel but gets busy with kids on bikes and parents with prams too