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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

Take a tour

What is the temperature?

Water temperature at 1.2m is approximately 21.8°C

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Opening hours

Office hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Venue hours: 6:30am to 5:30pm (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 (22 May 2019)

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

25 May

Penrith Lakes Parkrun is a free weekly 5km timed run that takes place in pleasant parkland surroundings at the Sydney

25 May

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

26 May

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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. Some events may incur a parking charge, see Opening Times for more details.

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

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Office: (02) 4730 0000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Visitor Service Staff: 0409 535 760 (weekends only)

Security Staff: 0420 985 603 (after hours and public holidays)

Postal address: PO Box 507, CRANEBROOK NSW 2749


Lakeside Restaurant is generally open Thursday to Saturday for dinner, PLUS Saturday and Sunday for lunch. 


The Sydney International Regatta Centre is open to the general public on event-free days via Gate A from 6.30am to 5.30pm. 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 may be closed due to event bookings, please see our “Opening Hours” for event information.

You may wish to call ahead of your visit to confirm the below opening hours.

Contact Venue Management on (02) 4730 0000 (Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm), Visitor Services on 0409 535 760 (weekends) or Security on 0420 985 603 after hours and public holidays.

Date Event Activity Walking and cycling paths Competition lake Warm-up Lake BBQs Parking fee
22 May Open Open Open Open Free
23 May Restricted (Southern Bank Only) Open Open Open Free
24 May Lower Blue Mountains Cross Country Closed until 3pm Closed until 3pm Closed until 3pm Closed until 3pm Free
25 May Multiple Events Open 9:30 - 13:00 Open 9:30 - 13:00 Open Open 9:30 - 13:00 Free
26 May BAPS Walkathon Closed until 3pm Closed Closed Closed until 3pm Free
27 May Open Open Open Open Free
28 May Closed Event Open until 10:30am Open until 10:30am Open until 10:30am Open until 10:30am Free