Australia boasts some of the best racetracks in the world. From the famous Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, home to the Melbourne Cup, to Royal Randwick in Sydney, which stages The Championships, Australia’s racetracks play host to the best equine talent.
Read our guide to the top racetracks in Australia below, and click on the links to read about each in-depth.
Ascot Racecourse is situated approximately 8 kilometres east of the Perth City Centre with the head office of The Western Australian Turf Club positioned directly opposite. Perth Racing (formerly the Western Australian Turf Club) has been hosting thoroughbred race meetings at Ascot Racecourse for over 150 years. Although the course hosts three Group 1 events in the Railway Stakes, Winterbottom Stakes and Kingston Town Classic, the time-honoured Perth Cup (2400m) remains one of Perth’s feature races.
Belmont Racecourse is the second biggest track in Western Australia, and sits on the Swan River close to the heart of Perth City Centre. Belmont is Perth’s winter track, taking over from Ascot during the cooler months. The track does not stage Group 1 racing but does host a number of Group races including the Belmont Stakes and Roma Cup.
Located approximately 8km from the Melbourne CBD, Caulfield Racecourse is one of the state’s premier racing tracks and hosts 12 Group 1 races throughout the year. It is home to the world’s richest 2400m handicap, the Caulfield Cup (2400m). The triangular shaped circuit is approximately 30 metres wide, with a total circumference of 2080m and a 367m finishing straight.
Doomben Racecourse is located approximately 7km north of the Brisbane CBD and hosts three Group 1 races: the BTC Cup (1200m), Doomben Cup (2200m) and Doomben 10,000 (1350m). The track is 26m wide, has a circumference of 1715m and a home straight of 350m.
EAGLE FARM RACECOURSE
Located adjacent to Doomben Racecourse, Eagle Farm Racecourse is a heritage-listed racecourse that is approximaely 7km from the Brisbane CBD. Eagle Farm host five Group 1 races throughout the winter including the Stradbroke Handiap (1350m). The turf track is 28m wide, has a circumference of 2027m and a home straight of 434 metres.
Home of Australia’s most famous race, the Melbourne Cup (3200m), Flemington Racecourse is located approximately 5km from the Melbourne CBD and hosts 13 Group 1 races throughout the racing season. Flemington has a circumference of 2312m and a final straight of 450m, however, it also boast a unique 1200m straight known as the ‘straight six’.
MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE
Located approximately 6km from the Melbourne CBD, Moonee Valley Racecourse hosts four Group 1 races including Australia’s weight-for-age championship, the Cox Plate (2040m). The rectangular shaped track has a circumference of 1805 m and a finishing straight of 173m which is the shortest in Australia.
Being South Australia’s main racing track, Morphettville Racecourse is in action just about every Saturday throughout the year with races meetings being split between its main track and Parks circuit. Located approximately 10km from the Adelaide CBD, Morphettville hosts four Group 1 races including The Goodwood (1200m). The main track has a circumference of 2307m and is 32m wide, while the Parks track is considerably smaller with a 2100m circumference and a width of 25m.
ROSEHILL GARDENS RACECOURSE
Situated in the Western Sydney suburb of Rosehill, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse is approximately 20km from the Sydney CBD. The premier race track hosts 10 Group 1 races including the world’s richest 2YO race, the Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m).
ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE
Located approximately 6km from the Sydney CBD, Royal Randwick Racecourse hosts more Group 1 races than any other Australian racing track. A total of 16 Group 1 races are run throughout the year, with 10 of those races taking place during the autumn. Australia’s richest two weeks of racing takes place during April with The Championships offering eight Group 1 races and more than $18 million in prizemoney.
Toowoomba Racecourse is known as Clifford Park and is located 125km west of Brisbane in Queensland. The track stages 45 meetings per year, including regular Saturday evening races under the lights. The feature race of the year is the Toowoomba Cup.
WARWICK FARM RACECOURSE
Warwick Farm is approximately 30 km south west from the centre of Sydney and is known as a specialist’s course due to the cambering of the track. The track is a fairly tight circuit and is triangular in shape. There is generally a long run to the first turn and the track suits front runners and on pace horses. Warwick Farm was previously host to one Group 1 race each year, staging the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) before it was switched to Randwick in 2016.