Premier Race Days

Every year, the Mackay Turf Club sees the annual running of the Amateurs Race Day, Mackay Cup, NQ Classic Derby Day and Melbourne Cup

Our premier race days are the premium social events on our calendar. What’s not to enjoy…

Live Local Racing   |   VIP Race Day Packages   |   Fashions on the Field

Live Music Trackside
(dance the night away after the last race…  with Luke Geiger Duo being the favourite for a number of years now)

Free buses to MOJO’s
(for the official afterparty, running from around 5pm onwards. Avoid the taxi que!)

Live Local Races
Derby Day
Fashions on the Field
Luke Geiger Duo

Amateurs Race Day

A huge day of racing is the Amateurs Race Day. The first of our premier race days of the year and a warm up for the fun of racing to come for the rest of the year. Amateurs Race Day is all about the thrill… the thrill of live local racing, Fashions on the Field, glamour, good food and entertainment. Beautiful weather at this time of the year in Mackay to head trackside.

Mackay Cup

The most hotly contested local race is the Mackay Cup, part of the Northern Winter Racing Carnival in Queensland. Mackay Cup Day proves to be one of the biggest race days of the year. Boasting $150,000 in prize money, the Northern Carnival has unearthed some of the state’s biggest names in racing. Team  that with Fashions on the Field and live entertainment for the ultimate day at the races.

NQ Classic Derby Day

A new favourite in the Spring Racing Carnival is NQ Derby Day. Attracting thousands of race goers from all over Queensland, Derby Day is a great day out for everyone. The traditional theme of Derby Day being black and white with a pop of the Major Sponsor’s colour, makes an exciting line up for Fashions on the Field. It really is a sensational spring racing event.

Melbourne Cup Race Day

Melbourne Cup at Ooralea Race Course is a not to be missed event. Thousands of race enthusiasts flock to the race course for a mid-week break, complete with local races, Fashions on the Field, quality beverages, and entertainment. Melbourne Cup is the ultimate mid-week race and always promises to deliver.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page to see updates on our Premier Race Days throughout the year.

Race Day Packages


We offer a range of race day package options for the ultimate racing experience.

Event Centre Dining Experience Champagne Bar CC Winning Post Lawn Party Private Marquees

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