Racing across the Overlanders Way!

Overlanders Way race days are one of the best ways you can spend a weekend!

Provincial and country race meets across the Overlanders Way play an essential role in joining geographically distant neighbours together and providing social connectedness. With many clubs racing since the late 1800s, these days of friendship, glamour, and punters luck, also stand as hallmarks of tradition and the sweet efforts born of volunteering. To this day, there’s nothing quite like the country charm and camaraderie of an outback race day under an open sky with the smell of horses and adrenalin in the air!

So blokes, get your boots polished, and ladies, your fascinators ready; we’re taking you racing across the Overlanders Way!

Hughenden Bracelet Race Meet – Best Dressed Couple Event


Cloncurry Race Days: 1st meet 3rd weekend in March

The Cloncurry & District Race Club has been racing since the 1880’s and hosts five race meets every year! The ‘Curry Races’ are family friendly and welcome visitors from near and far, having been a popular, long-standing social event for residents and surrounding areas too. The Curry maintains their Races are the Best in the West!

Frocked in black and white at the Derby Day November Meet! Cloncurry and District Race Club – November Race meet


Julia Creek Artesian Race Day: 3rd weekend in April

The Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival join forces with the Julia Creek Turf Club to present the Artesian Express Race Day. This fantastic day of country racing for visitors and locals includes the exclusive “Trackside Tastes,” a cocktail-style luncheon, along with Fashions on the Field, roving children’s entertainment and novelty games the little and big kids alike.

Julia Creek Fashions on the Field – Image by Zara Margolis

Hughenden Bracelet Race Day: 3rd weekend in May & Hughenden Cup Races: 3rd weekend in July

Hughenden’s dusty horse-racing track contrasts with the lush green trackside area, alive with colour, music and bush country day cheer. Usually held in the second week of May, this is a horse race event with a five-horse race program providing a bar, bookies, corporate marquee, opulent tasting platters, kids entertainment and quality live music till late. Come dressed to impress, this meet is renowned for great Fashions of the Field prizes!

Hughenden Jockey Club – Fashions on the Field Contender

The Kooroorinya Races by Oakley Amateur Picnic Race Club: held 2nd weekend in May

A classic country weekend that is packed with fashion, live entertainment and the ultimate grass-fed horse races. Whether you’re there for the horses, kids, competitions or bar, Kooroorinya is certainly a weekend that caters for all. So invite your friends, tag a mate, share the event, roll a swag and we look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Kooroorinya Races!

OAPRC – Kooroorinya Races

Richmond Race Meets; biggest event in June

Richmond, right smack in the middle of the Overlanders Way, sure knows how to host a fabulous race meet, where fashion, entertainment, novelty events, and good-ol’-fashioned fun collide under the central-western sun! The Richmond Turf Club hosts four Racing Queensland Race Meetings a year, the biggest held in June run in conjunction with the annual Richmond Field Days event.

Richmond Race Day in June – Photo credit – Trish Hudspith Photographics

Mount Isa Cup Races: 1st weekend in June

Mount Isa hosts numerous big-ticket race days throughout the year, though the Mount Isa Cup is touted as one of the largest and most anticipated meets for the year! Don’t be fooled by the far western locale; the ladies here dress to impress and the gentleman know how to fix those ties! The fashions are fabulous, the camaraderie high and the fun on offer, endless!

Red earth soils at the Mount Isa Race Club

Stamford Races: 1st weekend in July

“The best race meet I’ve ever been to! The hottest fashions, yummiest food, most family-friendly fun you can have, and it’s run by the most fabulous people you’ll ever meet.” Sophie E. Now if that review left by one of Stamford Race day’s attendee isn’t enough to tempt you, we don’t know what is! Put this one on your calendar and enjoy mingling with locals and visitors alike, enjoying a full day of entertainment, music, novelty events and punters luck under the warm winter’s sun.

Stamford Race Club Inc – The blokes getting their style on!

Townsville Cup race day: 3rd weekend in July

The Townsville Turf Club at Cluden Park is one of Australia’s major provincial race clubs and is lucky enough to host numerous race meets throughout the year! In amongst universal crowd-pleasers such as Ladies Day and the NQ Amateur Races, the shining star on their calendar has to be the Townsville Cup! Townsville Cup attracts up to 8000 visitors each year boasting stunning fashions, live horse racing, big screens, live entertainment and all-in-all, is an irrepressibly fun day out!

Beautiful Colonial style grandstand at the Townsville Turf Club

Prarie Races: 2nd weekend in August

A whole weekend of country racing fun that is known to have kids activities, music till late, fun activities such as the ‘Spanner Throw’, auctions, fashions on the field, and of course a day of outback thoroughbred racing. But wait that’s not all! Swag it or camp it overnight and there is also a Recovery Breakfast the next morning for a gold coin donation!

Prairie Jockey Club – Fashions on the Field

Charters Towers Amateur Races: 3rd weekend October

Referred to as the biggest “Country Race Day” in North West Queensland, located in Charters Towers (130kms west of Townsville), this is a race day favourite on the calendar for many! The Charters Towers Amateur Race Club turns up the style factor for this event, providing exquisite marquees, roving entertainment and a simply dazzling Fashions on the Field following!

Reuniting with old friends! Photo courtesy of Charters Towers Amateur Race Club


Pentland Race Day: 3rd Saturday in November

The Pentland Races is a fixture for many on the bush racing calendar, with the picturesque town along the Overlanders Way packing a big punch! There’s live entertainment, cold drinks, activities and fun for all the family including a merry-go-round, face painting and an animal farm. Plan to meet at the pub the night before the races to kick the weekend off.

Pentland Race Club – Fashions on the field judges


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