This is an Australian Government run (via the Australian Sports Commission) sports training facility providing skilled coaches, world class facilities and sports science /medicine services for the Country’s top/elite athletes with a view to producing world class athletes for international competition.
The Institute offers 36 sport programs in 26 sports, with around 700 scholarships now offered annually to Australia’s finest sportsmen and sportswomen.
As I work nearby I often have a walk around the area which affords a pleasant stroll though not something I would recommend unless you wish to go on a tour of the Institutes facilities. My interest is not sufficient to warrant payment of the $19.50 (2017) entrance fee so I can’t personally comment on the tours.
Comments from others who have an interest in Australian sports (Olympic sports mainly) speak highly of the tours and even more so when they get to see one of their sporting heroes up close in training – as is possible. As it’s not a zoo seeing famous athletes in action is not guaranteed! Tours include access to a sports museum – SPORTEX – which includes hands on displays and an opportunity to try out some of the sports for yourself.
The attached pictures are from the Institute grounds.The Gymnast and Basketball player sculptures (pictured above) are two of three figures commissioned for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The third one, a Sprinter, can be seen at the Sydney Olympic Park. All three were on top of the AMP Tower in Sydney during the 2000 Games (that’s the big tower in the centre of Sydney).
For those interested, AIS athlete guided tours operate daily at 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm and last around 90minutes.
There is a gift shop and café on site –the cafe is ok for sandwiches and other basic food. I would not recommend driving here just to eat.
The Institute’s facilities are available for the public – perhaps seeing elite athletes at play will inspire you to join in (or hide in shame as the case may be)!
Entrance Fee: (For tours 2017) $19.5 adult (children $11.5), Seniors and full-time students $14.50, Family (two adults, three children) $55.00.
If you are interested in Questacon (good for children) and Cockington Green (which I highly recommend – see separate tip) you may want to consider a 3in1 ticket which based on full adult prices gives you a saving of around $10 per person and you can return to one of the attractions free within 14 days.
Address: Leverrier Street, Bruce, ACT 2617
Directions: Leverrier Street, Bruce ACT 2617 – About 10 minutes drive from the city centre. Lots of free parking.By Bus – Bus Number 7 from either Civic Centre (city centre) or Belconnen Town Centre.