Pop-up bars, beach activities, barbecues and more. We’ve rounded up the details of the best Australia Day racing events happening around the nation this January 26th – all you need to do is round up your crew.
Brisbane: Designline Graphics Australia Day Raceday
75 Hampden Street, Ascot QLD
The beverages will be chilled, as will the dress code. Permission granted to leave the jackets and fascinators at home girls and boys – chino shorts or your favourite summery dress will do just fine. All the better for when you hit the D-floor post race. Best yet, entry is free!
Darwin: Australia Day Races
Darwin Turf Club
Buntine Drive, Fannie Bay NT
What would Australia Day be without a good Aussie barbecue? Well (along with quality horse racing of course) they’re putting one on at Darwin Turf Club this Australia Day. Do you really need to know anything else?
Melbourne: Caulfield Australia Day Races
Caulfield East, VIC
A Pimms Garden Party, tunes on the lawn and a barbecue – not to mention preview races for upcoming Caulfield racing jewel the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes. Sold yet?
Geelong: Australia Day Polo
Howard Glover Reserve
Limeburners Road, Geelong VIC
Celebrate Australia Day like a VIP at the Australia Day Polo in Geelong, with the ticket price including a cocktail on arrival and pavilion access. Dress to the nines and enjoy fresh DJ beats as you gaze out on the polo like a true member of the aristocracy. Be sure to watch out for celebrity ambassador couple Kirsten Clemens and Geelong Cats’ Rhys Stanley.
Sydney: Vilis Pies Australia Day Cup
Royal Randwick Racecourse
Alison Road, Randwick NSW
DJs will be spinning tunes, and the beers and bubbles will be on ice. Any racebook purchase earns you the chance to win a free Vilis pie if the Australian dressed jockey comes in first. You could always just buy yourself a pie but where’s the fun in that?
Perth: Scenic Blast Stakes ***Saturday 28 January***
71 Grandstand Rd
Ascot WA 6104
OK so this one’s a bit of a late entry coming in two days shy on Saturday 28th January, but with the Australia Day style beach activities, pop-up bars, barbecue and entertainment that are promised it definitely earns a mention. The best part of all this is it means you can celebrate Australia Day twice!