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
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 Everest
- 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
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.
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.
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”.
Home to 14 Group 1 races each year, Flemington 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.
One of the big three race tracks in Melbourne, Caulfield 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 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 is the only track in the country to host a Group 1 race at night, they in-fact hold three Group 1 sprint races.
Sandown 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
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 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.
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 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 track in the west, the Ascot carnival in late November / early December attracts plenty of star power from the east coast.
The main winter / spring track in Western Australia, 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.
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.
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 track that shares the majority of racing in the Northern Territory with Darwin, Pioneer Park is infamous 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.