AUSTRALIA presently has 392 horse racing tracks in operation across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. The majority of the tracks are provincial and country, with each state also boasting metropolitan tracks.
New South Wales
Adaminaby hosts one meeting each year in the middle of November which help kick starts the festive season in the local community with over 2000 patrons attending the meeting.
The Albury Racing club conducts 18 meetings each year, with the Listed Albury Gold Cup the feature event held in March each year.
The Ardlethan Picnic Races is a unique country picnic racing event held each year in March.
Located 188km from Coffs Harbour, Armidale Jockey Club holds upwards of 10 meetings each year with the Armidale Cup held in mid-march each year.
Ballina Jockey Club is located on the beautiful Far North Coast of NSW, approximately an hour south of the Gold Coast and holds 17 race meetings each year.
The Balranald Racing Club stages two race meetings per year, with the club three hours south-west of Griffith.
The Barraba Cup is held in mid-September each year with the club putting on a six-race program for the clubs only meeting.
Bathurst holds 12 meetings per year. Major meetings include, Bathurst Cup – Legends Day (February) and Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing’s feature race day Soldiers Saddle (Anzac Day).
The Bedgerebong Picnic Race Club holds a single meeting each year in the middle of February.
Races have been run in Berrigan since the 1890’s, with the track located 123km from Albury.
Located in Northern NSW, the Bingara Racecourse hosts one five-race meeting each year in the middle of August.
Another one of the pivotal country tracks based in NSW, Kempsey provides NON TAB greyhound racing for trainers around the mid north coast of the state.
The Bombala Cup is held on Caulfield Cup Day each year, with the meeting one of the big events in the small country town.
Located in Bowral, the Bong Bong Picnic Race Club has hosted racing since 1887.
The annual Boorowa races are held on the first Saturday in May annually.
Bourke Racecourse hosts an annual five-race meeting on Easter Sunday each year.
The Bowraville Races conduct six race meetings a year, located approximately halfway between Sydndey & Brisbane.
The Braidwood races are held once a year, with a meeting held in mid-February annually.
Brewarrina Jockey Club holds one meeting each year in mid-May, where the feature event is the Cod Cup.
Located in Outback NSW, the Broken Hill racecourse hosts one meeting each year, with 4000+ people flocking to the course each year.
The Bundarra Racecourse is home to the famous Bundarra Races, held each year on the first weekend of October.
Canterbury plays host to midweek afternoon meetings throughout the year, but it is the ability to host night racing that puts the track apart from several other metro tracks in the state.
Carinda and District Race Club has been racing since 1915 and stages a six-race meeting every July.
The Carrathool Jockey Club was established in 1883 and has been successfully carrying on the tradition of country racing in western NSW for 135 years!
For over 100 years, Casino Racing Club has brought the thrill of horse racing to the Northern Rivers.
Having not hosted a race meeting since early 2020, Cessnock Racecourse is being redeveloped into a world class pre-training centre.
The Cobar races are held once a year in May, located three hours north-west of Dubbo.
The Coffs Harbour Racing Club is located on the Coffs Coast and hosts sixteen racing events throughout the year with the most notable being the Coffs Cup.
Collarenebri Jockey Club hold one race meet a year on the second Saturday in September.
In late September every year, thousands – and the odd horse or two – converge on the tiny settlement to cheer home the winner of the Come-By-Chance Picnic Cup.
Home to one race meeting each year in late February, the Condobolin Picnic Races are located two hours south-west of Dubbo.
The Cooma Monaro Race Club hosts one meeting each year in December.
Located 500kms from Sydney, Coonabarabran hosts two race meetings each year.
Having hosted racing for over 150 years, the Coonamble Jockey Club is deemed one of the most traditional race meetings in the state.
The Cootmundra Turf Club plays hosts to one meeting each year in October, with the Cootamundra Cup the feature event.
Corowa Race Club hosts seven meetings each year, with the track located 45 minutes west of Albury.
Formed in 1878, the Cowra Jockey Club hosts four meetings each year.
The first race was held in 1848, the Crookwell track is the oldest country race track in Australia
Deepwater Race Club hosts one meeting in the middle of January each year.
The Deniliquin Racing Club holds two race meetings each year, with them coming on ANZAC Day and Caulfield Cup Day.
The City of Dubbo Turf Club hosts 18 race meetings per year, with Feature race days such as our Gold Cup and Derby Day.
Enngonia hosts just the one meeting each year, in the middle of September.
The Geurie Picnic Race Club hosts one meeting each year, with the track located four hours west of Newcastle.
Home to four race meetings each year, the Gilgandra Jockey Club always attracts a big crowd for each of their race days.
Racing is held once a year with racing enthusiasts travelling from near and far to attend the popular race meeting located 580kms from Sydney.
The Gosford Race Club hosts 24 race meetings each year, with plenty of mid-week meetings held in close proximity to Sydney.
Goulburn’s major raceday is the Goulburn Cup, which is run in November annually and is part of a two day racing carnival, including the Anniversary Cup.
The Clarence River Jockey Club hosts 25 meetings each year, with the July carnival a must for all racing fans’ bucket lists.
The Grenfell Picnic’s are held once a year in the middle of April, with the track located two hours south-west of Bathurst.
The Griffith Jockey Club plays host to one meeting per year in the middle of September for Griffith Cup Day.
Held in late August, the Gulargambone Jockey Club hosts just the one meeting each year.
Located 110kms east of Dubbo, Gulgong hosts one meeting each year in the middle of June.
The Gundagai-Adelong Racing Club is best known for its Snake Gully Cup, which is run in mid-November each year.
Situated at the junction of the Namoi and Mooki Rivers on the Liverpool Plains in North West NSW, the Gunnedah Jockey Club was founded in 1867.
Formed in 1980, the Harden Racecourse plays host to one meet each in the middle of October.
Approximately one hour out of Sydney, the Hawkesbury Race Club holds 25 meetings each year and is a popular track to bet on for many a punter.
Racing at Hay is conducted on the infamous dirt track and holds on race meeting each year in November.
Located 300kms from Wagga, the Hillston Jockey Club holds a six-race meeting in April each year.
Best known for the massive submarine ehibit in the middle of town, Holbrook hold one meeting each year on their turf track in the middle of April.
Inverell racecourse plays host to a couple of meetings each year, with track located 230kms west of Grafton.
Jerilderie Gold Cup Race Day is held in late September each year.
There is no doubt that Kembla Grange is the premier racecourse south of Sydney and is quickly becoming one of the main race tracks in New South Wales to host metropolitan meetings in the “off season”.
Kempsey Racecourse is located in a natural amphitheatre on the beautiful Mid North Coast.
The Leeton Jockey Club hosts two race days each year, with the track located 125km from Wagga.
The Lightning Ridge Race Club hosts just one meeting each year, held on Easter Saturday.
The Lismore Turf Club is the North Coast’s premier racing facility with the infamous Lismore Cup held each year in September
Experience one of the best Picnic Race meets in regional New South Wales, with the track a 45 minute drive from Wagga.
Situated on the banks of the Darling River 100km south-west of Bourke and 132km north-west of Cobar, Louth has an undeniable reputation for staging a great annual race meeting that keeps crowds coming back year after year.
Located 30 minutes from Moree, the Mallawa Picnic Races hold one meeting in the middle of June each year.
The Mendooran Turf Club hosts one meeting each year on the first weekend of September.
The once-a-year race meeting for the Merriwa Cup is arguably one of the longest-established “bush” race days in the country.
The Moree Race Club has been established for over 100 years, with the running of the first Moree Cup in 1881.
The Moruya Jockey Club hosts eight meetings each year and is located 300kms south of Sydney.
The Moulamein Racing Club hosts one meeting each year on the first Saturday of December.
Mudgee Race Club hosts 8 race meetings per year and in 2022 hosted a Country Championships Qualifier race.
Set on the banks of the Bogan River, 40km South of Narromine, the Mungery Races are held in early October.
Located on the NSW/QLD border, the Mungindi races are held in early July each year.
Offering 11 race meets a year, Tweed River Jockey Club is located in the heart of the scenic Tweed Valley, just 3kms north of Murwillumbah, with magnificent Mt Warning as a backdrop to the track.
Muswellbrook Race Club is one of the oldest continuous race clubs in NSW, having been established in 1862. The club hosts 18 meetings each year.
The Narrabri Picnic Races is Narrabri Jockey Club’s Annual meet held in March.
Narrandera Race Club hosts 3 race meetings every year, with the major being the Narrandera Cup in July annually.
The Narromine Turf club conducts 5 TAB race meetings per year, the Narromine Racecourse is considered one of the best tracks in the Western District Racing Association.
Located in the heart of Newcastle on the picturesque Hunter Coast only two hours drive north of Sydney is Newcastle Racecourse. In operation for over 100 years, the Newcastle Racecourse is the largest provincial club in NSW.
Racing 12 times each year, the Shoalhaven City Turf Club is located in Nowra on the South Coast of NSW.
The Duck Creek Races held in July each year is one of the more popular events on the country NSW racing calendar.
Located 3.5 hours west of Sydney, the Orange races are held nine times a year.
Held annually on the June long weekend, the Parkes races are a popular social event for the western region.
A six-race program for Pooncarie Cup Day is the sole event Pooncarie Racecourse holds each year on the first Saturday in October.
The Port Macquarie Race CLub hosts upwards of 20 race meetings each year, with the track located 240km north of Newcastle.
The Quambone Racecourse hosts one meeting each year in early May on the outskirts of the small village 50kms from Coonamble and 80kms from Warren.
Home to 13 race meetings per year, the Queanbeyan racecourse is just 20 minutes from Canberra.
The Quirindi Jockey Club hosts seven meetings each year and is located half way between Muswellbrook and Tamworth.
Home to 20 Group 1 races each year, Royal Randwick is arguably the home of racing not only in New South Wales, but Australia. Located in the Eastern Suburbs, the track is home to Australia’s richest sprint race The Everest in the spring and plays host to The Championships in the autumn. Randwick is certainly one of the most rewarding track to punt at in the country.
Major Races Held at Randwick
- The Big Dance
- The Everest
- The Kosciuszko
- Winx Stakes
- George Main Stakes
- Flight Stakes
- Epsom Handicap
- The Metropolitan
- Spring Champion Stakes
- Surround Stakes
- Chipping Norton Stakes
- Randwick Guineas
- Canterbury Stakes
- TJ Smith Stakes
- Australian Derby
- Sires Produce Stakes (ATC)
- Doncaster Handicap
- Queen Of The Turf Stakes
- Australian Oaks
- ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
- Sydney Cup
- All Aged Stakes
- Champagne Stakes
- Villiers Stakes
Rosehill Gardens is the second major racecourse in Sydney and it features Group 1 races in both spring and autumn. The Golden Slipper for the two-year-olds holds the highest stake for any juvenile race around the world and it is the feature race of the year. Run over the sprint distance of 1200 metres, the Golden Slipper is one of the most sought-after races in Australia and it has a long list of champion winners.
The Sapphire Coast Turf Club, situated betweeen Bega and Merimbula on the Far South Coast of NSW, boasts one of the best racing surfaces in country NSW, which hosts 13 meetings each year.
The two-day Scone Cup Carnival in the middle of May is a must have on every punters bucket list, with the Carnival hosting 1 x Group 3 races and 5 x Listed races. Scone racecourse is regarded as one of the best country race tracks in NSW and Australia.
The Tabulam Picnics are held on the first Saturday in October, with the meeting being popular for the young families in the region.
Talmoi races are a genuine bush picnic race meeting in the heart of rural Australia, a celebration of fillies, fashion & fun in North West NSW.
Talk about Tamworth and you’ll probably immediately think country music. However, the Tamworth Jockey Club plays hosts upwards of 20 meetings per year, including the Tamworth Cup. The Tamworth Cup is used by some of the top trainers in Australia, with many horses going from here to bigger metro meetings.
The Manning Valley Race Club is one of New South Wales most picturesque tracks and is only minutes from the Taree city centre on the northern side of town.
Tocumwal Race Club holds one race meeting a year on Easter Saturday.
The Tomingley Picnic Races is a quaint country race meeting held in the Central West region of NSW.
Tottenham Picnic’s are deemed one of the Central West’s leading country picnic race meets.
The Trangie Cup meeting is held in March each year and is a popular meeting held on the dirt track.
Always the held on the last Saturday in March. The Tullibigeal Race Day gets bigger and better every year
Tumbarumba Turf Club hosts their annual Cup meeting in late January each year.
Tumut Turf Club is one of the oldest Race Clubs in NSW having commenced racing in the 1850’s.
The Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club was granted a licence to conduct race meetings on the Tuncurry track in 2008, with the track hosting four meeting per year.
Wagga Wagga is the largest inland city in NSW and the Murrumbidgee Turf Club races 26 times each year.
Walcha Cup Day is one of Country NSW’s largest race meets in the way of prize money.
Held in June annually, the Walgett racecourse plays host to a six-race card for the PJ O’Brien Memorial race meeting.
Warialda Cup Day is held on the first Saturday of April, where a six-race program is held each year.
The Warren Racecourse is often referred to as the “Randwick of the West”, with numerous trainers flocking from all over the state to compete on the renowned hollowed turf of the Warren Jockey Club.
Warwick Farm hosts 24 meetings each year, with 23 of those coming as the Wednesday metropolitan meeting in New South Wales, but it is the Australia Day meeting which is the marquee event for one of the fairest racecourses in the state.
Wauchope Jockey Club is situated on the Mid North Coast of NSW about 20km west of Port Macquarie, with racing being conducted at the track since 1945.
The Wellington Race Club is famous around the world for its marquee race – the Wellington Boot. The race for two-year-olds is run in mid autumn each year and because of its unusual name, attracts interest from all parts of the globe.
Wyong Race Club hosts 22 annual race meetings on one of the best provincial racecourse surfaces for thoroughbred horse racing. Wyong racecourse is one of five regional NSW tracks that hosts TAB meetings.
Established in 1901 the Yass Picnic Races are one of the oldest Picnic Race Clubs in NSW.
Known for being the cherry capital of the world, the race track at Young plays host to one thoroughbred meeting each year.
The Alexandra Race Club is renowned for hosting a day of picnic racing on Cox Plate Day located close to Lake Eildon.
Ararat racecourse has hosted racing since 1857, making it one of Victoria’s oldest racecourse.
Approximately two hours from Melbourne CBD, the Avoca racecourse hosts two meetings each year.
Established in 1862, the Bairnsdale Race Club holds seven meetings each year, including a meeting on Melbourne Cup day.
Home to up to 60 trainers, the Ballarat racecourse is one of the most used tracks in the state, with the club synthetic track hosting meetings on a weekly basis during the winter months.
Located an hour out of Melbourne, the Balnarring Picing Racing Club is a non-profit organisation
Considered one of Victoria’s most picturesque tracks, the Benalla race track hosts a standalone meeting on the Victorian public holiday the day prior to the AFL grand final.
Referred to as the “Nursery of Champions” the Bendigo Jockey Club has become one of the best track to punt at in Victoria.
Located four hours east of Melbourne, the Buchan races is a highly attended meeting for all picnic racing fans.
The Burrumbeet & Windermere Racing Club hosts one meeting each year, with the Burrumbeet Cup card held on New Year’s Day.
Located 190kms from Melbourne, the Camperdown racecourse is one of the more picturesque tracks in Victoria and is on the bucket list of every Victorian racing fan.
The Casterton Racing Club is the oldest sporting club in the Casterton district and is the only racecourse in Australia to have a live hedge steeplechase on its course.
One of the big three race tracks in Melbourne, Caulfield racecourse has long been known at “The Heath” and hosts important races such as the Caulfield Cup in the lead up the Melbourne Cup and key two-year-old and three-year-old races like the Caulfield Guineas and Blue Diamond Stakes.
The Colac Turf Club has been hosting races for over 150 years and hosts three meetings each year.
Home to the iconic Great Western Steeplechase, the Coleraine Race Club hosts two meetings each year and often attracts big crowds to the track.
Dating back back to 1867, the Cranbourne Turf Club holds a special place in Victorian racing history, having hosted the great Manikato’s first race start back in 1978. The club plays hosts to night meetings throughout the summer months,
Having hosted races since 1865, the Dederang races attracts spectators from all over the eastern states for their annual meeting and is arguably one of the premier picnic race meetings in Victoria each year.
With a small population of 1700, Donald is big on racing action. Their first meeting was held back in 1875 and in current times, the track hosts six meetings each year.
The Drouin picnics are situated 95km south east of Melbourne and hosts an annual Boxing Day meeting. The track is situated within Mathew Bennett Park and the Drouin Golf Club, making it one of the state’s picturesque racetracks.
Situated at the foot of The Grampians, the Dunkeld Racecourse is voted as one of the Top 10 picturesque racecourses in the world. With no grandstands, seating or even powered, Dunkeld Cup Day is essentially built from scratch each year.
Situated on the banks of the Murray River, the Echuca Racing Club hosts 10 meetings each year including a meeting on Melbourne Cup Day and on New Year’s Eve, with the Echuca Cup held in March each year.
Established in 1935, the Edenhope racecourse is the western most racecourse in the state and hosts one meeting each year, that being on the Saturday of the March Labour Day long weekend.
Home to 14 Group 1 races each year, Flemington racecourse is the true home of Australian horse racing, with the Melbourne Cup held on the first Tuesday of November known as “the race that stops a nation”. With all of the best horses to have raced in Australia having raced at Flemington, it is no wonder why it is deemed the best track to bet at in the country.
Major Races Held at Flemington
The current racecourse at Geelong dates back to 1908 and host more than 25 meetings throughout the year, including the Geelong Cup in October which helps the winner gain entry into the Melbourne Cup.
Located 222kms from Melbourne, the Great Western races are located in The Grampians and hosts one meeting each year on the Australia Day long weekend.
The Gunbower Racing Club is another track which races once a year in October and in a town with a population of 253 people, it is one of the smallest yet most iconic racing clubs in all of Victoria.
The Hamilton race track hosts up to eight meetings each year, and the track’s grandstand is one of architectural greatness as it is one of the earliest surviving grandstands in Victoria.
The first race meeting at Hanging Rock was held on New Year’s Day 1886 and nowadays still race on New Year’s Day, with their only other meeting on Australia Day. The racecourse at Hanging Rock is an icon in Australian racing folklore and is on everyone’s bucket list.
Despite being known for their infamous Greyhound racing, Healesville hosts six thoroughbred picnic meetings each year.
Home to just one race meeting each year, the Omeo & District Racing Club hosts the Hinnomunjie Cup in March annually.
Located 300kms from Melbourne, the Horsham & District Racing Club hosts four meetings each year.
The racecourse at Kerang hosts two meetings each year, one on Boxing Day and the other being Kerang Cup Day on Easter Saturday.
Home to Thoroughbred and Harness racing, the Kilmore Racing Club is an integral part of the Victorian racing scene.
Home to the infamous Kyneton Cup Day which held the day after Melbourne Cup Day, Kyneton Racing Club is within an hour of Melbourne CBD, Bendigo and Ballarat.
Based in the iconic Mallee town of Manangatang, the Manangatang Cup is one of the most iconic events on the Victorian Racing calendar.
Located within close proximity of Mt Buller, Lake Eildon and prestine rivers, the Mansfield picnic races are one of the most highly attended race meetings.
The Merton Amateur Turf Club hosts one meeting each year on New Year’s Day..
Surrounded by the Murray River and miles of vineyards, Mildura Racing Club hosts eight meetings each season.
Located in the Latrobe Valley, the Moe Racing Club hosts eight race meetings each year.
The Valley plays host each year to the best weight-for-age race in the world, the Cox Plate. Deemed the best two minutes in world sport, the race has been taken out by the greta mare Winx a record four time in a row. Moonee Valley racecourse is the only track in the country to host a Group 1 race at night, they in-fact hold three Group 1 sprint races.
The Mornington Racecourse was voted the number one country racecourse in Victoria on three seperate occasions and their feature meeting in autumn the Mornington Cup, hands the winner a golden ticket into the Caulfield Cup.
The Mortlakes races are annually each year on VRC Derby Day, with the track located 225km from Melbourne CBD.
Home to two race meetings each season, the Murtoa racecourse is located 304kms from Melbourne CBD.
Racing heads to Nhill annually on Boxing Day for the Nhill Cup meeting and is a key staple on the Victorian racing calendar each year.
Formed back in 1875, the Pakenham racecourse plays a key role on the Victorian racing calendar, with the clubs Synthetic track hosting countless meetings throughout the winter months.
The racing club at Penshurst has been around since the 1800’s and despite hosting just one meeting each year (on Boxing Day) the track is a must for all racing fans.
Known as one of the premier country race tracks in Australia, Sale plays host to 18 race meetings each year, with the Sale Cup held on the last Saturday in October annually.
Major Races Held at Sale
Sandown racecourse is fast becoming one of the big four race tracks in the state of Victoria and is now set to host Group 1 racing, with the Underwood Stakes set to be held at the track rather than at Caulfield. Sandown also races on two tracks being the Lakeside and Hillside tracks.
Major Races Held at Sandown
Located 100km from Melbourne CBD, the Seymour race track hosts 15 meetings each year with their feature event, the Seymour Cup held the day after Caulfield Cup.
The St Arnaud Cup is held each year on the same day as the Cox Plate, with the track located some 244kms from Melbourne CBD.
The club located 235kms from Melbourne plays host to the Stawell Gold Cup held annually over the Easter long weekend.
Dubbed the home of racing in South Gippsland, the Stony Creek race club hosts five race meetings each year.
The track at Swan Hill hosts 11 race meetings each year, with the Swan Hill three-day racing carnival a must for all racing fans.
The Tambo Valley Racing Club hosts one meeting annually on Easter Sunday.
Despite hosting three meetings each year, the Tatura race track plays host to trials on a regular basis.
Home to five race meetings each year, the Terang race track is known as the Flemington of the bush.
The Towong racecourse has played host to racing for 150 years, but arguably their biggest achievement was playing a key part in the film about Phar Lap.
Home to just two race meetings each year, the track is only in season during the spring months.
Home to ten race meetings each year, the Wangaratta race track plays host to a meeting on Melbourne Cup Day each year.
Formed in 1899 the Warracknabeal Turf Club is one of the oldest race clubs in Victoria and hosts up to six meetings a year.
The ‘Bool is home to the infamous Jumps carnival in May as well as the newly found Jericho Cup and is arguably one of the most popular race tracks in the country.
Home to seven race meetings a year, the Werribee Racing Club is well known for being the home of quarantine for all international racehorses coming over for the spring carnival.
Playing host to nine race meetings each year, one of Wodonga’s marquee meetings is held on Caulfield Cup day
Located 30 minutes from Phillip Island, the Woolamai picnic races are just 120kms from Melbourne CBD and is deemed to be a perfect day at the races.
Located 276km from Melbourne, the Mt. Wycheproof Cup day is deemed Derby Day of the Country and is a must attend bucket list item.
The Yarra Valley races are one of the most laid back country race days and plays host to a meeting alongside Cox Plate Day.
Records show that racing dates back prior to 1900 in Yea, the track plays host to four meetings each year during the summer months.
The annual Alpha races held in June each year attracts a big local crowd for their Cup meeting.
Located 127km from Longreach, the Aramac Race Club hosts one non-TAB meeting in May each year.
The Atherton Turf Club hosts up to 10 meetings each yer, based in North Queensland just 80km out of Cairns.
The Augathella races are held once a year in April, with the Meatant Cup the feature event.
Over an hour east of Longreach, the Barcaldine Race Club hosts up to seven non-TAB meetings each year.
Aquis Beaudesert hosts approximately 12 meetings each year, with the racecourse located an hour south-west of Brisbane.
The Bedourie races are held once a year on the dirt track on the second weekend of September in line with the town’s annual rodeo.
Bell race club hosts one non-TAB meeting each year held on the first Saturday of January each year.
The Beetota races kicks off the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival in August each year as the town of Betoota comes to life with an action-packed weekend of racing and entertainment.
Home to the iconic Birdsville Racing Carnival in September each year on the dirt, Birdsville Race Club is on the bucket list of every punter
Blackall racecourse hosts between two-five Non-TAB meetings each year located 213km outside of Longreach.
The Bluff Cup is the marquee event at the Bluff Races each year, as the track hosts just the one Non-TAB meeting each year.
The second of two race tracks in Mt Isa, the Boulia Turf Club mainly hosts barrier trials these days, having not seen a race meeting since 2018.
Despite being a Non-TAB meeting, the Bowen Turf Club hosts up to five meetings each year and some of the jockeys from North Queensland consistently ride at Bowen.
The Bundaberg Race Club has quickly become a race track that hosts more than it’s fair share of meetings, with the Bundaberg Cup held in July each year.
The Burrandowan Picnic Races are held on the second Saturday of May each year, which helps attract plenty of travellers to the small town for the Mother’s Day weekend.
Home to up to 20 race meetings each year, the Cairns Jockey Club is home to some top-class races in North Queensland throughout the year.
Dating back to 1912, the Calliope Jockey Club is one of the oldest clubs in Queensland and despite hosting the one meeting each year, the Calliope Picnics are extremely popular.
Home to the one race meeting each year on the last Saturday in August, the Camooweal racecourse is located 15 minutes from the Northern Territory border.
Located 744km west fo Brisbane, the Charleville racecourse now hosts up to five meetings each year on the infamous sand track, including a meeting on Melbourne Cup day.
Home to the potentially the biggest country race day in North Queensland each year in October, the Charters Towers race track is a sand track located 130kms west of Townsville.
Home to approximately six non-TAB meetings each year, the track located 300kms west of Brisbane is a popular day out for locals and visitors alike.
Clermont Race Club hosts two meetings each year, one in winter and the other held towards the end of spring and is located 110kms out of Emerald.
The Clifton Jockey Club hosts just one meeting each year, held on Cox Plate day in what is an action-packed day both on and off the track.
Having been racing since the 1880’s the Cloncurry & Distrcit Race Club is one of the most successful race clubs in north-west Queensland with five race meetings each year.
The Cooktown Amateur Turf Club is the second oldest club in Queensland and hosts one non-TAB meeting each year, the Cooktown Cup in early November each year.
The Corfield Race Club is situated in the small town of Corfield, right in the heart of Queensland. The Corfield Cup is held on the first weekend of August annually as the marquee event.
Cunnamulla Racecourse hosts four meetings each year and hosts a meeting on ANZAC Day each year.
Dalby races date back to 1859 and with approximately 12 meetings each year including the Newmarket Handicap meeting in March makes Dalby one of the more popular country racetracks in the state.
Having not held a race meeting since 2015, the Deagon racecourse is now holding barrier trials on a regular basis.
The annual Dingo races are held in late August each year, with the Dingo Cup over 1200m the featured event on the card.
Doomben racecourse is the one of the main tracks used in QLD and plays host to the Doomben 10,000 and Doomben Cup during the QLD Winter Racing Carnival.
Eagle Farm racecourse is the epicentre of racing in the Sunshine State, hosting six Group 1 events during the marquee QLD Winter Racing Carnival.
Located in the North Burnett region in Queensland, the Eidsvold races are held once a year in early October.
The Einasleigh Races are held annually on Easter Saturday, located 369kms from Cairns.
The racecourse at Emerald is one of the most used non-TAB racetracks in the state, hosting up to six meetings each year.
Having raced in the Somerset region for over 100 years, the Esk racecourse is one of the more accessible country tracks, located 45 minutes from Toowoomba and an hour out of Brisbane.
Located 157kms out of Townsville, the Ewan Amateur Turf Club hosts a two-day non-TAB meeting early in September each year.
Home to a race meet once a year on Easter Saturday, the Flinton races are based on the banks of the Moonie River.
Located 90 minutes west of Brisbane, the race track at Gatton is one of the most popular tracks off the city circuit in the sunshine state.
The first Queensland Derby was held at the Gayndah racecourse back in 1868 and is the oldest jockey club in the state.
The infamous sand track at Ferguson Park, is one of the more highly attended non-TAB venues with the club hosting several meetings throughout the year.
The Gold Coast track holds regular Saturday meetings throughout the year, but it is the Magic Millions Raceday in January that attracts plenty of interest with millions of dollars worth of prize money on offer.
Located on the south-western border of Queensland and New South Wales, the Goondiwindi Race Club hosts the annual picnic race day in April each year.
Located half an hour south of Cairns, the Gordonvale Cup meeting in October attracts plenty of locals and tourists to the track for the clubs marquee day.
The Burke Shire Cup day held in early May each year is the marquee event on the one day of racing Gregory Downs Jockey Club hosts each year.
Having been racing for upwards of 150 years, the Gympie Turf Club host nine race meetings each year, including one during the infamous Gympie Muster.
The Burdekin Race Club plays host to five meetings each year, just 75 minutes from the CBD of Townsville.
Racing just twice a year in May and July, the dirt track at Hughenden Race Club is halfway between Townsville and Longreach.
The Ilfracombe Races are held on the second weekend of July each year, home to the Willowie Cup.
The Ingham Gold Cup has been contested since 1879 and is the marquee event at the Herbert River Jockey Club each year.
Injune hosts Cup day each year in the middle of June on the dirt track and is an event that gets better year on year according to the locals.
Located at Pease Park in Innisfail, the race club has been around since 1888 with Banana Cup Day one of the more popular days on their racing calendar.
The Ipswich Turf Club is the “fifth” track in Queensland and the Ipswich Cup Day is held towards the backend of the QLD Winter racing carnival splitting Stradbroke Handicap Day and Tatts Tiara Day.
Located in the small outback town of Isisford, the six-race card for Isisford Cup Day is the marquee event each year held in late-October.
The Jandowae Race Club is another track that hosts just the one meeting each year, with the Jandowae races held in the middle of May annually.
With their marquee event held during the annual Dirt ‘n’ Dust festival in Julia Creek, the Julia Creek races are held four times a year as a non-TAB meeting.
The Jundah Race Club holds one race meeting each year and is the only meeting held in the Barcoo Shire located 258km south-west of Longreach.
Referred to as the Moonee Valley of the north, the Kilcoy race track is home to a home straight that measures just 143m.
The Kumbia Race Club has been holding a non-TAB meeting on Melbourne Cup Day each year which has led to the track being referred to as “the Flemington of the Bush”.
Located four hours north-west of Cooktown, the Laura races are held at then of June each year.
The infamous town of Longreach plays host to up to nine race meetings each year and is a club who hosts a race meeting on Melbourne Cup day each year.
The Gabba was Queensland’s premier greyhound track until it was closed in 1993.
Located 60km’s due west of Cairns, the Mareeba races are held in September each year in far North Queensland.
Having hosted race meetings since 1950 the Maxweltown races brings together the small town of Maxwelton once year in the middle of July.
Dubbed one of the last true outback races in the state, the McKinlay races are held once a year in June located 13km out of Longreach.
The Middlemount Race Day held in July each year is one of the most popular events in the town, which is three hours north-west of Rockhampton.
Located two and a half hours north-west of Toowoomba, the Miles race track hosts one Picnic meeting each year in February.
The Mitchell Races are held once a year in October, located one hour west of Roma.
The Monto Race Club prides themselves on hosting “one exceptional race day” each year, located 200km’s west of Bundaberg.
The dirt track at Moranbah hosts two meetings each year with the locals turning out in big numbers at each meeting.
Located in outback south-west Queensland, the dirt track at Morven hosts one meeting each year in September, located two hours from Roma.
Mount Garnet Amateur Turf Club hosts a two day racing carnival on the last weekend of April each year, with racing dating back to 1938.
Mount Perry Race Club plays host to one race day a year, which is often a big hit for families in the town located 100km’s from Bundaberg.
The Mount Isa Race Club has an affluent racing heritage spanning over 60 years and boasts an impressive history for a racecourse located in rural Queensland.
The Muttaburra Cup is held annually on the first weekend of August on the infamous dirt track located north-east of Longreach in country Queensland.
Home to up to five non-TAB race meetings per year, the Nanango Race Club has been around since 1887 and is located less than three hours north-west of Brisbane.
The Noorama Picnic Races are usually held in the second weekend of April except if it is the Easter weekend, with a five-race card held each year in the “Melbourne” direction.
Home to the Kooroorinya races each year, the Oakley Amateur Picnic Race Club is located 339km south-west of Townsville.
A five-race card is held each year at Pentland Race Club in November each year and is held on the dirt track with the Pentland Cup the feature event.
The annual Prairie races are held once a year in the small country town of Prairie, with a five-race program held in August each year.
Home to two iconic bush racing weekends each year, the Quilpie Cup in May and the Pride of the West festival in September, the Quilpie races are a popular destination for all Queensland racing fans.
The Richmond Race Club host four horse racing meetings each year and is located between Mt Isa and Charters Towers and has been around since 1956.
Located at Callaghan Park, the Rockhampton Jockey Club was formed in 1868 and is regarded as the hub of racing in Central Queensland. The home straight at Rockhampton racecourse is 580m long and has certainly brought plenty of punters undone in the past.
Approximately 550km west of Brisbane, the Roma Turf Club holds eight race meetings year with the Roma Cup being the feature on the racing calendar.
Springsure Race Club holds one annual race meeting each year on St Patrick’s Day.
The St George Jockey Club claim to be the “premier race club of the Balonne Shire” with their main race day held in July each year.
Stanthorpe Jockey CLub host the one race meeting each which helps celebrate country racing in the Granite Belt.
The Sunshine Coast Turf Club is deemed to be the place of one of the best racetracks and training facilities in the entire country and hosts meetings almost every week, including night racing during the summer.
Held on the first Saturday in September each year, the Surat races are a big local attractions on their dirt track.
Located in the Goondiwindi region, the Talwood Race Club has been racing on their dirt track since 1931 and holds a meeting in the middle of August each year.
The Tambo & District Race Club is is the oldest race club west of the Great Dividing Range.
Tara Race Club sits in the hearts of the Western Downs just 300km west of Brisbane.
There has been racing in Taroom since 1859, but the Dawson Jockey Club was not formed until 1890 and is only one of four racetracks in Queensland that race anti-clockwise.
The Texas Jockey Club hosts one meeting each year on the second weekend of December for Texas Cup day and is one of the feature events in the region for the year.
Thangool Race Club hosts seven race meetings each year with the annual Thangool Cup held in September.
The Toowomba Turf CLub at Clifford Park host regular meetings throughout the year, including Saturday night racing as part of their 45 race meetings each year.
The Tower Hill Amatuer Picninc Race Club hosts two race meetings over an action-packed weekend in the back half of April each year.
Deemed as the home of racing in North Queensland, the Townsville Turf Club hosts upwards of 30 race meetings each year.
The Twin Hills races are held alongside the bumper three-day festival held in the town of Cleremont in September each year.
Located three hours north-west of Toowoomba, the Wandoan Diggers’ Race Club hosts one meeting each year in the middle of March.
The Warra Race Club hosts two meetings each year and is located 128km’s west of Toowoomba.
Allman Park racecourse is located 90 minutes south-west of Brisbane and has the Warwick Cup is deemed to be one of the oldest races in history, which pre-dates the Melbourne Cup.
The North Gregory Turf Club was founded back in the 1880’s where it was believed Banjo Patterson was a part of the club.
Racing in Wondai is held twice a year, with their feature meeting being held on Anzac Day each year.
Home to four race meetings each year, Yeppoon racecourse is located in Central Queensland 35 minutes north-west of Rockhampton.
Based on the Southern coast line of Western Australia, the track plays host to regular Sunday meetings throughout the year.
The main horse racing track in the west is Ascot racecourse. The Ascot carnival, in late November / early December, attracts plenty of star power from the east coast and features group 1 racing.
The main winter / spring track in Western Australia is Belmont racecourse, before Ascot takes over for their carnival and throughout the summer months.
A stone’s throw away from the infamous Cable Beach, the Broome Turf Club is one of the most iconic racecourses in the country.
The centre of racing in the south-west of WA and has had plenty of greats of Australian racing grace the turf at Bunbury, including 1999 Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh.
On the doorstop of the Indian Ocean, Carnarvon has long been known as one of the best country race clubs in WA.
Collie hosts just the one race meet each year, when the ever-popular Collie Cup is run and won that dates back to 1901.
Based in the Kimberley region, the West Kimberley Turf Club traditionally hosts one meeting each year, with the lucrative Derby Cup the marquee race.
Based to the north of Perth, the Dongara-Irwin Race Club hosts one race meeting each year, held annually on the Easter long weekend.
Know for “when surf meets turf” the Esperance Bay Turf Club hosts regular meetings during the summer months, culminating in the Esperance Cup being held in late March.
Located 435km north of Perth, overlooking the Indian Ocean, Geraldton Turf Club hosts 19 meetings each year between October and April.
Home to one of the oldest country racing day, the Junction Race Club hosts one race meet annually in August.
Located in the heart of the WA Goldfields, the Kalgoorlie race track is one of the main tracks used throughout the winter months, with the Kalgoorlie Cup held in September each year.
Kojonup plays host to the Wandecla Picnic Race Day in February each year, as a non-TAB venue it is the tracks only meeting every year.
The Kununurra Race Club is the only track north of Geraldton which is a turf track and it plays host to one meeting each year held in late August.
The Eastern Gascoyne Race Club at Landor hosts just the one meeting each year held annually in October.
Lark Hill Thoroughbred Training Complex plays hosts to most of the trials being held in WA throughout the year.
For those in the region, the Laverton races held in October each year is an iconic day on the calendar each year.
The Leinster District Race Club was formed in 1979 to make sure Leinster had their own course in the North Eastern Goldfields of WA. The club holds three meetings each year, one in April and May and their Cup meeting in October.
Formed in 1900, the Leonora Racing Club is one of the oldest clubs in WA. They host two meetings each year, the Golden Gift in June and the Leonora Cup in October.
Over the years the Marble Bar picnic races has become an event not to be missed, held on the first weekend of July each year.
Located 400km north-east of Geraldton the Meekatharra Race Club hosts two meetings over the WA Queen’s Birthday long weekend in September with the Meekatharra Cup on the Saturday and the Meekatharra Sprint on the Monday as the features.
The club may only host one meeting each year in March, but the Mingenew-Yandanooka races are often a big community event, with the local footbal ground and golf course surrounding the track.
Having been around for over 100 years, the Moora Race Club plays host to the Moora Cup meeting held each October.
Home to six race meetings each season between November and March, the Mount Barker Turf Club is known for its Grapes and Gallops Race Day in January to celebrate the local wine and racing industries.
Narrogin Racing was the first track to incorporate both harness racing and thoroughbred racing. Home to eight thoroughbred meetings each year, the club hosts its Cup meeting in April, whilst also racing on Australia Day.
The East Pilbara Race Club was the last track in the North-West of WA to go from a turf track to a dirt track in 2017 in a bid to keep racing in the country for years to come. The Newman Club is held each year in August.
Norseman holds the one race meeting each year in March, where the Norseman Cup is the feature event during the community-driven event.
During winter, the Northam Race Club is one of WA’s premier racecourses located just an hour outside of Perth. The track hosts roughly 25 meetings each year held between May and November.
Having raced since 1932, the Pingrup Race Club host one six-race meeting each year held in March.
The popular Pinjarra Race Club has the iconic 1000m straight for sprint racing, with the club hosting up to 24 race meeting each year between November and the following August.
The Port Hedland Turf Club has been around since 1902 and has been entertaining racegoers year in and year out. Home to six meetings each year, the Port Hedland Cup in August is the marquee event on the calendar.
Nor West Jockey Club host the Roebourne races on four occasions with meetings held in June and July on the dirt track, culminating in the Roebourne Cup in late July.
Founded in 1865 the Toodyay Picnic Race Day held each September is now of the most popular Western Australian picnic race meeting every year.
Dating back to 1886, the Wyndham Turf Club hosts one meeting in August each year with the Wyndham Cup the feature event on the card.
The Yalgoo Jockey Club hosts the annual Yalgoo Races each April and it has become a staple in the towns social calendar.
Located an hour out of Perth, the York racecourse is situated at the foot of Mount Bakewell. The track hosts up to six meetings each year, and often favours favourite punters.
One known as just a small country town, Balaklava now hosts the states biggest country meeting.
Racing in Bordertown has been going on for 140 years, but the current track has only seen racing since 1945.
A NON TAB venue, Ceduna hosts two meetings a year, The Ceduna Cup and The Ceduna XMAS Races.
The race track at Clare tends to hold three to four meetings per year, and it is always advantageous to be on the rails when racing at Clare.
Situated just half an hour from Adelaide CBD, Gawler is one of the most used race tracks in the state outside of Morphettville.
Hawker is a Non-TAB venue which hosts just the one meeting each year towards the end of May for the Hawker Cup.
Jamestown hosts just the one meeting each year for the Jamestown Cup in late September or early October.
Infamous for the Kangaroo Island Cup carnival, Kingscote race track is on the bucket list of every punter going around.
Lock is a Non-TAB venue which hosts just the one meeting each year, typically held on the third Sunday of February for Lock Cup day.
The small country town of Halidon comes to life each year when the track hosts the annual Mindarie Halidon Cup meeting.
Mount Gambier hosts 15 race meetings each year, headlined by the Mount Gambier Twilight Gold Cup in December.
Metropolitan racing in South Australia can be found at Morphettville, a south-western suburb of Adelaide around 10 kilometres from the CBD. Morphettville racecourse is the no.1 track in South Australia and features group 1 racing, generally early in the year.
The track at Gifford Hill hosts plenty of Wednesday meetings throughout the racing calendar, with the club also holding a handful of metro meetings throughout the year.
Naracoorte plays host to between 8-12 meetings each year, with the track known to be favourable for favourite punters.
Infamously known throughout the racing industry, Oakbank hosts the blockbuster Easter carnival each year with plenty of jumps racing to be had at the track.
Penola is one of the oldest racing clubs in South Australia, with racing dating back to the mid 1800’s.
The small country town of Penong hosts just one non-TAB event each year, located 73km west of Ceduna.
The dirt track of Port Augusta makes it one of the most recognisable race tracks in the country. Racing has been held since the late 1800’s, with the City Of Port Augusta Cup the keuy drawcard.
Known for its surf and seafood, Port Lincoln is also one of the most iconic tracks in South Australia, where the Port Lincoln Cup is held in early March each year.
The non-TAB venue at Quorn hosts a meeting once a year which is the Quorn Cup meeting held in late August / early September
Roxby Downs hosts just the one meeting each year in the first week of August for the Roxby Downs Cup.
Located 40 minutes out of Adelaide, the Strathalbyn racecourse is one of the more pictueresque tracks in South Australia.
The Streaky Bay cup is held annually each year on the last weekend of March, with the picturesque dirt track well populated by the small community.
Home to the first ever all weather track to be raced on, Devonport will always hold a special piece of history in Australian horse racing.
The home of city racing in the Apple Isle, despite not hosting a Group 1 in the state, plenty of superstar horses have made their name at Hobart.
Major Races Held at Hobart
With 123 years worth of racing, the King Island race track is richly ingrained in horse racing folklore in this country.
Situated in the north of Tasmania, Launceston hosts regular Wednesday night races throughout the summer months in particular.
The non-tab venue hosts just the one meeting each year on New Year’s Day, with the track primarily used for barrier trials in the state.
The track hosts just the one meeting per year, on the first Saturday of June each year.
Fannie Bay racecourse is infamous for the Darwin Cup held after a massive eight day carnival on the dirt.
The Katherine race track is another track in the NT that races once a year, for their Katherine Cup meeting held in the middle of August each year.
The Alice Springs horse racing track that shares the majority of racing in the Northern Territory with Darwin, Pioneer Park is famous for the Alice Springs Cup carnival held in late April / early May.
Located 500kms north of Alice Springs, the club hosts one meeting each year in mid-May a fortnight after the Alice Springs Cup carnival concludes.
Australian Capital Territory
The sole horse racing track in the ACT has both a synthetic and grass track to help the club get through the winter months.