Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay
Bicentennial Park is a large area of parkland located 16 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Auburn Council. Bicentennial Park is situated on the shores Homebush Bay and is a part of Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales.
Bicentennial Park is a 40 hectare natural heritage site featuring an important wetland ecosystem and parklands. It offers visitors recreation, nature-based tours, environmental education and outdoor event experiences. The park has picnic areas, playgrounds, pathways and cycle ways, access to the wetlands, salt marsh and bird hides. It also features Lake Belvedere, Peace Monument, Treillage Tower, Sundial, 'Cyrus the Great' statue, the Silent Hearts Memorial Garden and water features. Powells Creek runs through the eastern side of the park.
Bicentennial Park was created by the state and federal governments during the 1980s, to celebrate Australia's Bicentenary in 1988. The project involved recycling 47.4 hectares of former rubbish dump into a regional recreation area and the conservation of 53 hectares of a wetland ecosystem on the Parramatta River. The park was officially opened on 1 January 1988.
The Homebush Bay wetland is occupied by animals that thrive in the salt water wetlands. The mangroves support crustaceans such as crabs, which feed off algae.