Townsville Racecourse is located on Racecourse Road in the suburb of Cluden and is known to be one the top provincial racecourses in the country. The course is operated by the Townsville Turf Club, which was first established in 1874. The first meeting at Townsville Racecourse took place over three days from August 15-17, 1866. This first race meeting featured the Town Plate, which was run over a distance of three miles and under weight-for-age conditions. With its first meeting being such a success, Townsville Racecourse soon became a popular community epicentre. Robert Towns, who founded the city of Townsville, was Townsville Racecourse’s inaugural president.
Townsville Racecourse is covered by TAB and SKY broadcasts for most of its race meets throughout the year and constantly attracts quality gallopers throughout the year. The track’s biggest race day is the Townsville Cup Day, which takes place in July each year and attracts approximately 12,000 patrons to Townsville Racecourse. The first Townsville Cup took place in 1884.
Townsville Racecourse has a track circumference of 1,680 metres and a final straight that is 310 metres long. Races at Townsville Racecourse are run in a clockwise direction and the track itself features a total of five starting shoots that are located at 1200m, 1400m, 1600m, 2000m and 2200m.
While Townsville Racecourse is home to over 30 race meets each year, it is also the perfect venue for events such as weddings and corporate functions.