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Sydney International Regatta Centre

  • Rowers on lake at Sydney international Regatta Centre
  • Cyclist on roadway
  • Runners in fun run at Sydney International Regatta Centre

A spectacular event venue for either 10 or 30,000 people, the Sydney International Regatta Centre offers superior event facilities and is one of the region’s premier outdoor sport and entertainment venues for both on and off the water.

Only an hour’s drive northwest of Sydney CBD, the Sydney International Regatta Centre was purpose-built for the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Paralympics. It is one of the best rowing and sprint kayak courses in the world and sprawls over 178 scenic hectares boasting scenic views of Penrith Lakes, the Lower Blue Mountains and surrounding parkland.

This naturally beautiful setting offers a vast selection of event facilities including:

  • Large island with a capacity of 20,000 (depending on overlay)
  • Whole of venue capacity of 30,000 (up to 50,000 subject to approval of application)
  • Multiple conference rooms with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment
  • Spectator pavilion with 1,000 seat capacity
  • Outdoor and undercover exhibition areas
  • Village green and a range of large outdoor spaces
  • 2300m competition lake and 1500m warm up lake
  • On water access with launch pontoons
  • 5km cycling loop and 5km running path
  • Swim lane and open water swim course
  • Cross country running course
  • Parking for 2,000 vehicles and coach and shuttle set-down and pick-up stations

What is the temperature?

Water temperature at 1.2m is approximately 22.3°C

View Penrith weatherzone

View SIRC liveweather

Opening hours

Office hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Venue hours: 6.30am to 6.30pm (on event-free days)

See Daily opening times


Entry is via Gate A, Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith (map) (Centre map)

No unauthorised drone use

Today (19 December 2018)

Walking and cycling paths: 
Competition lake: 
Warm-up Lake: 
Parking fee: 

What to do at the Regatta Centre

Competition Lake and Finishing Tower at the Sydney International Regatta Centre

Enjoy a fun-filled day of cycling, walking, swimming, sailing or kayaking. Bring the family along for some active recreation.

BBQ facilities at the Sydney International Regatta Centre

Plenty of unique spaces to create memorable weddings, birthdays and private functions.

Make your special occasion one to remember in the Regatta Centre grounds and Lakeside Function room.

Aerial of Defqon Music Festival at the Sydney International Regatta Centre

Planning a sporting, festival, community and corporate event? The venue has scope to deliver your next event.

Dragon Boating Team building day

Sydney International Regatta Jetpack Centre

What's on at the Regatta Centre

5 Jan

Panthers' Tri Club hosts a number of regular Triathlon and Duathlon events along social activities for members.&

Penrith Cycling Club at the Sydney International Regatta Centre
7 Jan

Road races, time trials and criteriums are held on-site and the track at the Sydney International Regatta Centre&nbsp

8 Jan

Racing RC cars is a heap of fun for people of all ages and experience.

13 Jan

The Hills Triathlon Club races are Australia's largest club races.

Getting to Sydney International Regatta Centre


  • Entry to the Centre is via Gate A, Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith NSW
  • The Venue Management office is located above Boat Shed 3


Free parking is available on site. 

Public transport

Penrith station is approximately 6km from the Sydney International Regatta Centre. Access to and from the station is via a taxi. Check for full timetable information.

For some major events, a shuttle bus will operate between the station and the venue.   

Helicopter landing pad

The Sydney International Regatta Centre is equipped to land a helicopter. Compliance through the centre and appropriate aviation authorities is required.

Management plans

View pesticide Notification Plan



Lakeside Restaurant is generally open Thursday to Saturday for dinner, PLUS Saturday and Sunday for lunch. See day-to-day opening times below. 


The Sydney International Regatta Centre is open to the general public on event-free days via Gate A from 6.00am to 7.30pm. Please refer to the venue’s opening hours or check the calendar for more information. Fees apply for water-based activities.

Some parts of the venue are closed due to event bookings, please see our “What's On” for event information

Date Event Activity Walking and cycling paths Competition lake Warm-up Lake BBQs Parking fee
19 Dec Open Open Open Open Free
20 Dec Open Open Open Open Free
21 Dec Open Open Open Open Free
22 Dec Open Open Open Open Free
23 Dec Open Open Open Open Free
24 Dec Open Open Open Open Free
25 Dec Open Open Open Open Free