The National Water Sports Centre

Location: bangholme

Hours: Powered Public Access Times- Powered boat access available on Tuesdays from 11am to 3pm and on Fridays

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Current change of conditions
Closed due to Blue Green Aglae
COVID-19 Restrictions
Please observe 1.5 metre physical distancing and keep gatherings to 10 or less when outdoors. Where facilities are open, visitors should take responsibility for personal hygiene and physical distancing.

Opening times
The centre is open for boat testing and waterskiing during the following times:
Tuesday from 11.00am - 3.00pm
Friday from 9.00am – 4.00pm

Upon payment, you will be emailed a verification of your booking with attached document that has a 4-digit code which will provide vehicle access. Bookings open each Monday morning and are only possible for that week.

National Water Sports Centre full timetable.

The centre is closed to the public on public holidays and when events are being held on site.

The centre is available for event hire on weekends, contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963 for event information.

View Safe Boating: National Water Sports Centre fact file prior to booking



The National Water Sports Centre was originally developed in 1988 in preparation for the 1996 Olympic Games, for which Melbourne’s bid was ultimately unsuccessful. Today, the 2000 metre rowing course is managed by Parks Victoria. The centre can be used for a range of water-based activities, such as rowing, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, coarse angling, jet skiing, radio controlled yachting, boat shows, boat testing, and special training sessions.

The Dandenong Creek Valley Bike Trail passes through the National Water Sports Centre and provides an excellent opportunity to view the centre and its surrounds.

The National Water Sports Centre is located approximately 34 kilometres south east of Melbourne along Patterson River in Bangholme (Melways reference: 97 K2).

Cancellation Policy

Please select your time slot carefully as payment is non-refundable or transferable.



The National Water Sports Centre is located approximately 34 kilometres south east of Melbourne along Patterson River on Riverend Road in Bangholme (Melways reference: 97 K2). Once you enter the site, please proceed along the main road and follow the signs to the electronic gate for access to water course. Access details will be sent via email once you have processed your booking and payment.