Festive, patriotic and rich in ancient and modern symbolism, the Sydney 2000 Torch Relays engendered a spirit of goodwill that accompanied the flame to the Olympic Stadium. The Olympic Relay ran from 12 May to 15 September, and the much shorter Paralympic relay from 5 to 18 October. The routes themselves highlighted Australia?s diverse culture and landscape, and involved over 1000 communities in schedules of daily celebrations. The relays engaged remote, rural and urban Australia, linking each state and capital city and many sites of Indigenous significance.
The legacy of the Sydney 2000 Torch Relays is a vast collection of stories, objects and documents, many of which exist in the Sydney 2000 Games Collection at the Powerhouse Museum. These objects reveal the extraordinary scope and scale of the Torch Relays as both community projects and as truly national events.