Sydney International Rowing Regatta
- Hosted By: Rowing New South Wales
About Sydney International Regatta Centre
The Sydney International Regatta Centre is 44km west of Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay, 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 2,000 hectares of public recreation space including seven lakes. 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 Communities, Sport and Recreation.
The following venue maps are available for download