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Ararat Turf Club

Only 2 hours from Melbourne!!!!! Located in the heart of the Grampians Region. Ararat is full of Rich Chinese History, the home of the Canton Lead Gold Rush era. Racing in Ararat has long been a tradition and it is rumored that the Ararat Racecourse is amongst one of the oldest in the state and held it's first race meeting in 1857. The main meeting being the Ararat Gold Cup, the Sunday after Melbourne Cup each year in November. So if you are into great food and wine, country fun and thoroughbred racing, come and join us at the Ararat Racecourse for a great day out!!!!!!!

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Only 2 hours from Melbourne. Located in the heart of the Grampians Region.


Ararat is full of Rich Chinese History, the home of the Canton Lead Gold Rush era.

Racing in Ararat has long been a tradition and it is rumoured that the Ararat Racecourse is amongst one of the oldest in the state and held it's first race meeting in 1857. Ararat is host to seven race meetings in the 2014-2015 Season. The racing jumps into action on Friday 19th September with a stand alone Friday Race on AFL preliminary final weekend - If you're looking to kick start your sporting weekend head to NMIT Ararat Park for an exciting afternoon of racing.


Billed as the 'Richest Raceday in the Wimmera Racing Calendar' the "Ararat Gold Cup", held 2nd Sunday in the month of November is a cracking day and one definitely not to miss. The day promises a massive day of racing including the running of the Ararat Gold Cup, the Programmed China Bowl and the AME Systems Country showcase race - totaling over $200K in prize money. As well as all the horse racing action there is plenty to do and experience at the Ararat Cup. The Fashions on the Field is incredibly popular in Ararat with various categories covering Little Miss & Mister, Miss Teen, Gent of the Day & the hugely anticipated Lady of the Day. There are fabulous prizes to be won all of which are kindly sponsored by various local businesses. There is always great live music at the Cup, free kids activities, beautiful food and wine options and a great atmosphere. Marquees packages are very popular at the Cup and sell quick so be sure to get in early.


Ararat holds an additional six race meetings throughout the year, most of which are Mid-week Race meetings with the exception of our relatively new Sunday Race meeting called "The Willaura Cup". The next Willaura Cup will be held Sunday the 26th of April 2015.  We always have full catering, tote and bar facilities available on-course.


Our new Function Venue will play host for our generous Sponsors and Racegoers for our upcoming events - Willaura Cup and the Ararat Gold Cup, 2015. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Ararat Races in the 2015 Season. It's a Great Day Out!!!!


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Racebook Advertising

We encourage all businesses, race day package holders to purchase a Racebook Ad in celebration of a special occasion or general advertising. 

Full Page B&W - $150, Half Page B&W $75 - for Midweek Race Meetings

Full Page B&W - $200, Half Page B&W $100 - for the NMIT Ararat Gold Cup or the Willaura Cup

Contact the Ararat Turf Club on 0448 983 248 or email: to make arrangements.

Ararat Turf Club is located in the heart of the Grampians, 2 hrs drive west from Melbourne along the Western Hwy.


  • By Car - Continue west past Ballarat on the Western Hwy for 95km. Turn next left after Caltex Roadhouse 2km before Ararat. Opposite Green Hill Lake Campground.
  • By Rail - from Southern Cross, Melbourne. Catch the Overlander to Adelaide and disembark at Ararat. Full details contact VLine on 1800 800 007.

Tourist Attractions & Accommodation

Plenty of Tourist Attractions to visit while you are visiting the Grampians Region such as:
  1. Award Winning Local Wineries (Seppelt, Best's, Montara, Mount Langi Ghiran, The Gap Vineyard, Grampians Estate and many more), all featuring award winning Shiraz and Riesling varieties,
  2. Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre -
  3. J Ward Gaol, 
  4. Halls Gap Zoo, 
  5. Monthly Farmers Markets throughout the Local Regional Towns,
  6. Grampians Scenic Walks and much much more! 


For further information on the picturesque historic region or to enquire/book accommodation please contact the Ararat Tourist Information Office on 1800 657 158. (between 9am - 5pm) or email

Wimmera Racing Club/ Ararat Turf Club-NMIT Ararat Park

FULL Membership ($70) includes:
  • Member's pass to every race meeting, at all 9 Wimmera Racing Club racecourses
  • Copy of members' newsletter
  • Access to members' facilities (where available)
  • Full voting rights
  • Opportunity to purchase additional season guest pass (full member pass plus guest pass $120)
  • Discounts on various marquee and dining packages
  • Non-raceday benefits such as special offers on accommodation
  • 4 complimentary guest passes for non-feature days
  • Members’ tickets at midweek thoroughbred meetings (excluding public holidays) in the metropolitan area


Call us on 03 5358 5288 to order your membership.
Members are able to purchase an additional guest pass for $40.
The guest pass is fully transferable and gives access to all race meetings at Wimmera Racing Club.    
Wimmera Racing Club Corporate Membership $210
Click Here to download Membership Application Form

Ararat Turf Club

Phone: 0448 983 248


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