Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC)
The Sydney International Regatta Centre is 44km west of Sydney Olympic Park and about one hour’s drive from Sydney’s central business district.
Formerly a sand and gravel quarry, the site has undergone extensive restoration works by the Penrith Lakes Development Corporation. The Centre is the first stage of the Penrith Lakes Scheme – a major project to build a metropolitan regional park offering 1940 hectares of public recreation space including 780 hectares of waterways, lakes and ponds. At 1940 hectares, Penrith Lakes is five times the size of Centennial Park and larger than the Sydney CBD.
We imagine Penrith Lakes Parkland will be a place of vast lakes and open spaces, a 21st century parkland where the people of Western Sydney can enjoy unparalleled access to sporting facilities and lush parkland. When the project is complete, the lakes together will equal the distance of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Sydney Heads. For more information on the Penrith Lakes scheme please visit – http://www.penrithlakes.com.au
Environmental considerations have been given utmost priority during the Centre’s design. Native aquatic plants and Australian bass fish have been added to the lakes to help maintain the ecosystems, wetlands have been established to provide natural habitat to water birds, and more than 30,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted to ensure the area’s regeneration is continued.
The Olympic Coordination Authority (OCA) was responsible for all NSW Government activities impacting on the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This included the delivery of sporting facilities and venues used during the Games as well as meeting the long-term needs of the people of NSW and for the redevelopment of Homebush Bay. After the wind-up of the OCA on 30 June 2002, the rights and responsibilities for management of the SIRC were transferred to the Department of Planning and more recently they have been transferred to the Office of Sport, Sport and Recreation.
The SIRC Venue Conditions can be found on the venue’s website – please click here to review them.
How to get to the Venue
Spectator Parking is free at the venue, including disability parking.
The nearest bus, train and taxi services operate from Penrith Railway Station — about 6km from the centre. For public transport timetables, maps and trip planning use Transport Info 131500: www.131500.com.au, Transport Info App, call 131 500 or use the 131500 Transport Info Trip Planner below to help plan your trip to the venue.
A shuttle bus will operate between Penrith train station and the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) from Friday 23 March to Sunday 25 March. A full schedule of busses and stops will be available from January 22 2018.
If travelling from the city we suggest exiting the M4 Motorway at the Northern Road and following the signs from the venue. The M2 Motorway provides an alternative route whereby visitors can travel to the venue via Windsor and Richmond. The M7 now provides an additional, faster, link from the northern suburbs. Use Google Maps to get directions to the course from any location.
For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, download Live Traffic NSW for iPhone® and iPad from the App StoreSM, download Live Traffic NSW for AndroidTM from Google Play, or call 132 701
The Sydney International Regatta Centre is approximately:
- 5 minutes from Penrith
- 30 minutes from Parramatta
- 40 minutes from Homebush Bay
- 60 minutes from the Sydney Central Business District
Flights operate daily into Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, for both domestic and international visitors to Sydney. Please visit the Official Travel Bookings Provider, Andrew Jones Travel for more information.