Olympic Park Mangroves. Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia

I’ve just come home from cycling in Olympic Park in Homebush, with my friend Paul.

What a beautiful winter’s day!  It was 14°C (57°F), which is a good temperature to go cycling in.  Not too cold, not too hot, but just right.  On days like today, I can’t help but think about when I used to live in Canada, and how long and cold winters were there.  In comparison, what we have here in Sydney can hardly be called winter at all.

I love cycling around Olympic Park (it’s where many of the Olympic events were held in the year 2000), as there are 35kms (just under 22 miles) cycle paths in a reasonably natural setting considering its history.  Homebush Bay used to be a centre of heavy industry, and before the Olympics, it was nothing more than a toxic waste dump ground, set in a salt marsh.

Fortunately, the area was cleaned up, to make way for the Olympics.  Luckily, a lot of the land has been returned to its natural state.  It’s quite amazing to see scenes like the one below, so close to the city.

Mangroves at Olympic Park Sydney

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