5 Bucket list Australian racecourses not to miss

| November 14, 2019
Flemington racecourse
Famous Flemington, where the Melbourne Cup is run each year on the first Tuesday in November

Australia’s rich horse racing history has made it one of the country’s national pastimes. The popularity of horse racing over the last century-plus has led to amazing facilities being built across Australia. Today, Australia has some of the most iconic horse racing venues in the world and they rival those found in England, the United States, and France. Horse racing fans are gearing up for the final push of events before the end of the year. Punters can visit Silentbet get the latest racing odds and bet on the horses they believe will win each race. 

Australia has a number of great racecourses you must visit. However, we have selected 5 bucket list racecourses that should not be missed by any serious horse racing fan.

1. Royal Randwick Racecourse

Royal Randwick Racecourse is one of the two premier racecourses in Sydney. Situated in the Eastern Suburbs, Royal Randwick Racecourse has earned the nickname the “Headquarters” due to its importance in Australian horse racing. The racecourse hosts one of the richest and most famous races in Australia, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It also hosts The Championships which offers more than AUD$20 million in prize money over two days. 

2. Flemington Racecourse

Sydney and Melbourne compete in everything under the sun and horse racing is no different. The two major Aussie cities have some of the best horse racing facilities in the country and Melbourne’s Flemington is one of the must-visits. Flemington hosts the greatest race in Australia, the Melbourne Cup. The “race that stops a nation” is one of the biggest events in the world and attracts competitors and punters from all over. In 2006, the famous Flemington racecourse was added to the Australian National Heritage List. 

3. Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

Another Sydney racecourse and the city’s No. 2 venue, Rosehill Gardens is the home of the Golden Slipper race. Rosehill Gardens has plenty of history having been opened in 1885. While Royal Randwick is located in the Eastern Suburbs, Rosehill is situated in Western Sydney. The venue hosts an incredible number of races throughout the year, giving punters ample opportunity to see top-class racing.

4. Birdsville

Birdsville makes the list for being an incredibly unique experience. The Birdsville Races are held in the small, remote Queensland town of Birdsville. The population of the town is around 700 people, but thousands arrive for the races each year. The racecourse is very barebones as a small grandstand serves as a spot of shade from the sun. Patrons fly into Queensland for the yearly event or make the gruelling drive on dirt roads.

5. Moonee Valley Racecourse

It is claimed Melbourne’s Moonee Valley has the best atmosphere of any Australian racecourse. It is a big claim especially with Royal Randwick and Flemington hosting some of the biggest events on the racing calendar. The racecourse was built with elevated lawns making it easy to see the runners as they gallop around track. Meanwhile, the grandstand was built close to the track making fans feel a part of the action. Moonee Valley hosts the famous WS Cox Plate, the most prestigious weight-for-age race in Australia and considered the championship of Australian horse racing.

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