There are 119 racecourses located in NSW, including 110 Country tracks, 5 Provincial tracks, and 4 Sydney metropolitan tracks, so the chances are there’s a racetrack near you!
When to go to the races
Race meetings are held 354 days a year in NSW (Christmas Day being the only exception). In NSW in 2014/15 there were 621 official race meetings held.
The Championships is the highlight of the NSW racing calendar, held at Royal Randwick on the first two weeks of April each year thechampionships.com.au
TAB Saddle-Up Sundays also holds 12 meetings around the NSW Countryside and is a great excuse to explore part of NSW you’ve never been to.
Each race club puts on a big day each year, so don’t miss out on the fun and check out the racing fixtures here
Once you have booked your tickets for your big day out, you will need to know what to wear, how to get there and what you can and can’t take.
Each race club will have slightly different policies so make sure you check out their websites beforehand, but you can use the information below as a general guide:
Don’t forget that dress codes apply for members areas. They will vary from club to club, but the general rules for example from the Australian Turf Club are:
How to get there:
Whether by car, bus, train or taxi, there are several option to get you to the racetrack. Be sure to check out your race clubs website for detailed information. Most tracks will offer infield parking for free..
What time should I arrive:
The race club will state on their website what time the gates will open. This will be around 2 hours prior to the first race. Horses will begin parading around 20 minutes prior to each race, so make sure you leave yourself enough time to find a suitable spot for the day and place your bets on the first race.
What to bring:
It is always good to bring a pen (to mark your form guide) and binoculars if you are serious about following the races.
Depending on the season you may want to bring some sunscreen and sunglasses in the warmer weather, and an umbrella and jacket in the more unpredictable seasons.
Food and Alcohol:
Most tracks will allow you to bring your own food if you wish to pack a picnic. Please be aware that glassware, knives and alcohol are not permitted onto the racetracks.