Scone Cup is the perfect excuse to escape the hustle and bustle for a weekend.
Mmm… Breath in the fresh country air and rejoice in the lack of traffic and cafe queues. Darley Scone Cup Carnival is going down Friday 12 and Saturday 13 May 2017. If you’ve ever needed a few days away from the seething intensity that is city life (and some trackside fun country style), you’re staring it in the face.
Darley Scone Cup Carnival
The Carnival takes place over two days in May, this year that’s Friday 12 and Saturday 13 (2017). With $2 million in prize money on the table, you can understand why it’s kind of a big deal (and the richest country racing carnival in Australia!).
General Admission tickets will set you back $20, while $50 will get you access to the XXXX Gold Marquee. There is a fashions on the field competition that is well worth entering (for both guys and girls), and plenty of race day hospitality and entertainment.
If you’ve never experienced racing country style, Scone Cup is the event to rectify that.
Get more info and tickets here.
All about Scone
If you’re not already familiar with it, Scone is a small town (population just under 5000) in New South Wales, and is in fact the self-appointed horse capital of Australia. With many horse studs in the region and being the home of the richest country race meet with the Scone Cup, it’s not hard to see why. Driving into town you’ll be greeted with the much love mare and foal statue by the side of the road. Be sure to give it a wave as you trundle past.
Distance wise, we’re talking an easy 3.5 hour drive from Sydney via the M1 and New England Highway. Make that just 2 hours if you’re lucky enough to be located in Newcastle.
There are (usually) plenty of economical accommodation options and AirBnBs in town. With the demand generated by the carnival for this particular weekend, that may not so be the case unless you get in early. It may be worth staying in one of the nearby towns (Murrurundi or Muswellbrook) to halve the price.
If you make it to Scone on the Friday night or Saturday ahead of race day, you probably won’t have much time for activities. If you do find yourself with time on your hands however, be sure to do the bushwalk at Burning Mountain, have a country picnic, or treat yourself to fine dining country style at The Cottage.
Don’t forget to deeply inhale that sweet, sweet country air!