Defqon.1 Weekend Festival Australia is also held here; as a newly established and reasonably popular hard dance music event Defqon.1 Festival requires a large venue which is somewhat removed from residences, making the Regatta Centre an ideal location.
In May 2012 the second round of the UIM world powerboat championships for Blown Alcohol and 6 Litre boats was held here over 3 days and will return in 2013
The Sydney International Regatta Centre was built on land that used to be a quarry for gravel and sandstone until it was remediated as part of the Penrith Lakes Scheme. The goal of the Penrith Lakes Scheme is to turn the area into a recreational space for the local community, the Regatta Centre was the first part built for the scheme so it could be used of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. It was part of the first stage to be completed for the scheme and was built in time for the Sydney 2000 Olympic games.