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2019 Sydney International Whitewater Festival

This February over 300 paddlers from more than 20 countries will compete in the Sydney International Whitewater Festival at Penrith Whitewater.

Over two weekends of competition watch some of the best paddlers in the world including Olympic and World Champions compete in slalom, freestyle and wildwater events.

Penrith’s Jessica Fox will be racing in the slalom events which crowned her as the Dual World Champion in 2018 for both C1 and K1 disciplines. 

Free entry for spectators. Penrith Whitewater Stadium McCarthys Lane, Cranebrook NSW 2749

For more information visit go to Paddle Australia's website


Australian Open

Friday                  15th         February              7:30 – 12:30 and 1:00 – 6:00

Saturday              16th         February              8:30 – 12:30

Sunday                17th         February              7:30 – 10:30 and 12:00 – 1:00

Oceania Championships

Friday                  22nd        February              7:30 – 12:30 and 1:00 – 6:00

Saturday              23rd        February              8:30 – 12:30

Sunday                24th         February             7:30 – 10:30 and 12:00 – 1:00


Australian Open

Saturday              16th         February              5:30 – 8:30

Sunday                17th         February              10:30 – 12:00

Oceania Championships

Saturday              23rd        February              5:30 – 8:30

Sunday                24th        February             10:30 – 12:00


Saturday              16th        February             12:30 – 1:00

Saturday              23rd        February              12:30 – 1:00

FREE entry for spectators, so why not come and cheer on the Aussie Team!

Operating Hours

Penrith Whitewater is available for activities from September to June*. The office remains available all year to take bookings and enquiries.

Activities include; guided whitewater rafting, self-guided whitewater rafting, whitewater kayaking and kayak instruction. Bookings are essential for rafting and kayak instruction.

The water times displayed on our home page are not restricted to the times shown. Please call us on 02 4730 4333 to confirm times or enquire about other available times.

Penrith Whitewater’s current operating hours are as follows;

Office – open 7* days (from 9am)

Phone: 02 4730 4333  Email:

Café – open 7 days (Weekdays 8am – 4pm & Weekends 8:00am – 5pm)

Café phone: 02 4730 4746 

*Each year Penrith Whitewater takes a Winter Break. The break is usually between the NSW June long weekend and the first weekend in September.

This year (2019) our Winter Break will be from Tuesday June 11th until Friday August 30th. We will resume operations after the break on Saturday August 31st.