Callaghan Park Racecourse is located in the Queensland town of Rockhampton and is operated by the Rockhampton Jockey Club. The Rockhampton Jockey Club was first formed in 1868 and has developed into one of the largest provincial tracks in the state.
Callaghan Park Racecourse is home to a total of 45 race meetings each year, including the renowned XXXX Gold Winter Racing Carnival, which takes place annually in June. The highlight of the track’s winter carnival is the Rockhampton Cup. The Rockhampton Cup was first run on June 17, 1918, when it was won by a horse named Roland and a total of £500 prize money was offered. Callaghan Park Racecourse also conducts a number of spring carnival race meets that coincide with the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup Carnival in Victoria.
The recently redeveloped course proper at Callaghan Park has a total circumference of 1957m and boosts one of the longest home straights in Australia (600m). A turf track that is 25m wide which can accommodate a maximum field size or 16 runners when rail is in true position. There are 10 starting positions from 970m to 2400m with the most commonly used distances being 1600m, 1400m, 1200m, 1100m, 1050 and 1800m.
Callaghan Park Racecourse enjoyed a $6.5 million complete track redevelopment in January, 2010, which resulted in the track surface now being regarded as one of the best in Australia. The racecourse is also equipped to cater for a multitude of functions and events, including receptions and conferences.