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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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The Big Adventure is back for another year of fun in Sydney Park and it's an adventure playground for the whole family. Part of the Sydney Rides Festival, this celebration of the great outdoors and all things on wheels will have you in awe.

The one-wheeling experts of Unicycle Ballet will perform to music and make it look so easy 'dancing' up high, whilst stunt riders on BMX bikes will show off their talent flipping over ramps on two wheels. Both are favourites of mine at this event. They're so amazing to watch.

Hosted by Sydney Cycleways, this free event with 7 zones will also have you participating in many activities. Mountain boarding and skateboarding are available or perhaps a safer option is more for you with bike yoga or the wheels that turn but go nowhere in the pedal-powered smoothie bike. Yes, you can make your own healthy smoothie by pedalling.

The revelry here also has plenty to do that doesn't involve wheels. You can scale walls and have a go at rock climbing or parkour where participants run, jump and somersault between points. Enjoy the sports clinics too, play some putt putt golf and tennis, or fly a kite.

Giant lawn games and LEGO will entertain the young and the young at heart, as will dancers and roving entertainers. Down by the cafe, there's also a huge playground that features a climbing net, a suspension bridge, multiple slides and swings, a mosaic-tiled sandpit and some interesting sculptures.

Plenty of food trucks will be available providing sweet and savoury items, including hot and cold food, ice cream, that all-important coffee for many of us, plus other beverages. Market, information stalls around cycling and balance bike clinics, will also be onsite.

Sydney Park is a huge park of 40 hectares that was formerly a brickmaking site. You can still see the three brick chimneys that stand tall in the north-western corner as a historic landmark. There's an abundance of open spaces for picnics, a children's bike track, landscaped gardens, rolling hills, meandering pathways and picturesque wetlands attracting different types of birds.

It's a great place and, together with The Big Adventure event, it's a chance to get the kids off their technology and into some good old active living.

Getting there

Sydney Park is at 416 Sydney Park Road and borders the suburbs of St Peters, Erskineville and Alexandria.

By public transport, St Peters train station is just across the road. You can also board buses that travel down King Street Newtown and onto the Princes Highway or Sydney Park Road.

If driving, car parking can be found in 4 car parks

Barwon Park Road nearest to the playground and brick kilns
Sydney Park Road nearest to the cycling centre
Euston Road for the Alan Davidson Oval and Sydney Park Pavillion
Campbell Street for the wetlands

The first 2 car parks above are best for The Big Adventure event.
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Why? For the great outdoors
When: 9am-4pm
Phone: Sydney Cycleways 02 9246 7307
Where: Sydney Park, 416 Sydney Park Rd, St Peters
Cost: Free
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