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Avoca Shire Turf Club

The Avoca Shire Turf Club (ASTC) is located less than two hours from Melbourne in Avoca, Victoria - a vibrant rural town located in the heart of the Pyrenees. This magnificent and untouched region is well known for its wineries, art galleries, agriculture, the Pyrenees ranges and the biggest events in the region, the Avoca Races. The club has been operating for over 150 years providing a long and rich history. The ASTC races on Caulfield Cup Day, the first Saturday in December and ANZAC Day. All of Avoca's race meetings are great fun and are well recognised as being leading events within the industry. Exhibiting country character that everyone has grown to love, Avoca has some of the best facilities among country racetracks in Victoria, also holding many non raceday functions. So if you are into great food and wine, country fun and thoroughbred racing, join thousands of others and head to the Pyrenees for a great day out!

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P. 03 5465 3231 M: 0419 800 180

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Oct 16 Fri

Avoca Cup Eve Calcutta

Fri 16 Oct 2015 GATESOPEN 06:30 PM

Enjoy Cup Eve at the annual Calcutta. Back a winner and enjoy dinner and drinks in the Pyrenees Function Centre Platter menu served to the table. Individual bookings or tables of max 10 available

Pyrenees Winemakers 2015 Avoca Cup

Sat 17 Oct 2015 GATESOPEN 10:30 AM
  • General Admission

    $22

    Each

  • Packages from

    $25

    Per Person

Secure your spot at one of County Victoria's finest race meets - the Avoca Cup!  Racing right in the heart of the Pyrenees wine region, where the down to earth atmosphere and spirited group of...view more information

Apr 25 Mon

ANZAC Day Avoca Races

Mon 25 Apr 2016 GATESOPEN 11:00 AM
  • General Admission

    $13

    Each

  • Packages from

    $22

    Per Person

Celebrate ANZAC Day with a favourite Aussie tradition - a day of country racing! Kick back and relax with family and friends while enjoying a range of local food, Pyrenees wine stalls, craft beer, ...view more information

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The Avoca Shire Turf Club is located in Avoca, Victoria - a vibrant rural town located in the heart of the Pyrenees. This magnificent and untouched region is well known for its wineries, art galleries, agriculture, the Pyrenees ranges and of course the Avoca Races!

The club has been operating for over 150 years, missing only six race seasons during WWII, providing a long and rich history.
 
The Avoca Shire Turf Club races on Caulfield Cup Day and ANZAC Day. All of Avoca's race meetings are great fun and are well recognised as being the biggest in the state on those days.

So if you are into great food and wine, country fun and thoroughbred racing, join thousands of others and head to the Pyrenees for a great day out!
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Avoca Shire Turf Club History Snapshot

  • The Club's first season was in 1857-08.
  • Their events then consisted of both trotting and galloping races and were often held over three days.
  • The committee used to hold their committee meetings at The Union, Albion, Avoca & Victoria Hotels.
  • An exert from 1858 says that 'All dogs found on the course will be destroyed.' These days the Clubs just says 'No dogs allowed.'
  • In 1869, the Club had a total of 181 pounds in the bank.
  • In 1873, the first grandstand was built which was later replaced in 1920.
  • In 1874, the races were postponed due to flood conditions.
  • The Club was disbanded during World War II (1939-45) however reformed in 1947 due to the enthusiasm of the local residents.
  • The course back then had little in the way of amenities. Bamboo sticks with red flags made the running rails.
  • In 1974 the then named 'Chateau Remy Cup' was worth $325 and $50 trophy.
  • In 1983 Taltarni became the major sponsor.
  • In 2006 Mount Avoca became the major sponsor of the ANZAC Day Races.
  • In 2009, the Club unfortunately lost its Labour Day weekend races, name Pink Lamb Purple Shiraz.
  • In 2009, PJA Accountants & Business Advisors joined Blue Pyrenees to become naming rights sponsors of the Avoca Cup.
  • In 2010, the Club helped manage the first ever Pyrenees Festival of Racing & Tasting, featuring the Mount Avoca ANZAC Day Races.
  • In 2011, the Club regained its third race meet, the Avoca Community Bank & Pyrenees Newspapers Pyrenees Christmas Racing Shindig, to be held on 3rd December 2011
  • The Blue Pyrenees Avoca Cup won CRV Racing Event of the Year for Racing Season 12/13

Do you have any information to add to this history snapshot? If so, we would love to hear it. Call The Avoca Shire Turf Club on (03) 5465 3231

 

Committee members:

Barry Slater (President) 

Lloyd Astbury (Vice President)

Brian Hamer (Vice President)

Ashley Howell (Treasurer)

Jon Howell 
Luke Davis

John Champan 
Samantha D'Altera  
Matthew Powers 
Wayne Lawes
Steve Holland 
Jason Bell 
Louella McPhan 

Club Manager:

Kate Kirkpatrick 

 

Volunteering

The Avoca Shire Turf Club are leaders in local community involvement. With over 180 volunteers contributing to their race days, the Club is highly regarded in this area within the industry and region. The Club are proud to boast:

  • Over 130 volunteers who help the Avoca Shire Turf Club on and leading up to their race days.
  • All members of the committee play important working roles on the day and are very involved leading up to and after an event.
  • Various sporting, community and emergency services groups use the race days as a platform to raise much needed funds.

The tourist dollars injected into the local community over race periods and from repeat visits help sustain the Pyrenees region. Volunteering for the Club contributes to the success of the race days and supports the local community. To enquire about volunteering, please contact 03 5465 3231.

 

Racebook Advertising

Record your Special Day in the Racebook

Cup Day - Businesses or Marquee holders celebrating a special occasion can purchase a full page B&W racebook ad for $200 or ½ page for $100 (exc GST).

ANZAC Day - Businesses or Marquee holders celebrating a special occasion can purchase a full page B&W racebook ad for $150 or ½ page for $75 (exc GST).

Contact the Avoca Shire Turf Club on (03) 5465 3231 or clubmanager@avocaraceclub.com to make arrangements

 

Travel & Accommodation


AVOCA ADDRESS                

Pyrenees Highway, Avoca

DISTANCE FROM MELBOURNE AIRPORT

180 kilometres (approximately 2 hours) north-west

 

TRANSPORT TYPES - AVOCA CUP DAY 2015 

ADMISSION & BUS PACKAGE (from Ballarat)

Package includes admission & return bus from Ballarat. Call Gold Bus on  5335 5005 to book.

 Early Bird Special:         $46.00 per person* 

*book before 7th October - Pre paid entry tickets are non refundable - this closes on 7 October at 5.00pm

Standard Packages:      $53.00 per person*

*booked and paid for after 7 October

Bus Transfer Only:         $28.00 per person

 

BUS TRAVEL

* Bendigo - ph Bendigo Bus Co 5443 5585

* Maryborough - ph Maffesconi Bus Lines 5461 2838 - $15pp return 

* Pyrenees - ph Powers Bus Lines on 5465 3119 (Small fee applies)

*Rail to Ballarat & Maryborough – phone VLine 13 61 96

 

CAR

From Melbourne - take the Western Highway/Freeway and then the Sunraysia Highway 

From Ararat - take the Pyrenees Highway 

From Ballarat - take the Sunraysia Highway


RAIL

Rail to Ballarat or Maryborough - phone VLine 13 61 96 or visit: www.vline.com.au



ACCOMMODATION 

Call Avoca Visitor Information Centre on 1800 206 622 

Visit www.pyreneestourism.com.au for more information on accommodation in the region.

AVOCA CARAVAN PARK 

With onsite vans, cabins and powered and non-powered camp sites, its ideal location on the bank of the Avoca River and close walking distance to town, the Avoca Caravan Park is great place to stay over race weekend or on any other stay in the Pyrenees. 

Call (03) 5465 3073 for enquiries and bookings. 


CAMPING

The club offers camp sites avaialble for race meets.  Sites are $10 per site per night (based on 2A&2C), unpowered and offer access to amenities and limited showers.

Contact the club on 03 5465 3231 for any further enquiries or to book a site for your favourite race meet.

 


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS 

Victoria’s magnificent Pyrenees Wine Region is bursting at the vines for recognition! 

With a climate similar to its European namesake and a reputation for premium wines this region is coming of age. 

The signature grape of the region, Shiraz, has long been recognized by serious wine drinkers and writers alike. The complex and distinctive flavors of the Shiraz grape make it the ‘pick of the vines’ in the Pyrenees Wine Region. 

A diverse range of varietals can also be enjoyed. Sparkling wine – both red and white – Cabernet, Sangieovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling are all available for tasting at the twenty Cellar Doors branching out from the township of Avoca. 

It is surprising that this region is only now emerging as a hidden tourism destination as the first vines were planted here in the early 1960’s – making the Pyrenees one of the oldest wine regions in Victoria. 

The Pyrenees wine touring route now starts much closer to Melbourne than before. 

Just outside Waubra on the Sunraysia Highway 20 minutes from Ballarat, you will find the first of the Pyrenees Wine Region experiences. 

In addition to a thriving wine industry, the artisan community is growing in force with strong evidence of this throughout the township of Avoca and surrounding villages like Landsborough and Amphitheatre. 

Accommodation options have also grown over recent years and the region now offers a range of diverse accommodation styles to meet most budgets and mood! 

Beautiful walks through the State Forest and Park to picnic and camping grounds help develop an appetite for local produce and the many dining experiences developing throughout the district. 

For the adventurous of spirit the two-day Beeripmo Walk offers a hiking experience through diverse vegetation. Walk through cool fern gullies and alpine plateaus then rest to take in the views across the spreading plains to Langi Ghiran and the Grampians. 

Stop overnight at the charming Berripmo Campground, and then descend through spectacular tall forests.


Becoming a Member of the Avoca Shire Turf Club provides support so our team can continue to host events for you to enjoy. For Members it provides excellent value for money and the opportunity to experience trouble free racing entertainment. Membership also includes access into our exclusive Members Enclosure. 

 

ASTC ‘Membership’ $75 One member & one guest card

• Admission for two adults into the racecourse for each race meet. (17th Oct 2015 and 25th Apr 2016)
• Exclusive access for two adults into the trackside Members Enclosure at each race meet.
• Discounted Reserved Seating packages in the Pyrenees Function.
• Members Newsletter highlighting events, club news and members’ special offers.
• Members discount at other club events held during the year
• Members discount when hiring the Pyrenees Function Centre for meetings or special events
• Voting Rights at all Special and Annual meetings.

 

 

 

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ASTC ‘Family' Membership $180 One member & four guest cards

Ideal for small businesses, families or groups of friends!

• Admission for five adults into the racecourse for each race meet.  (17th Oct 2015 and 25th Apr 2016)
• Exclusive access for five adults into the trackside Members Enclosure.
• Discounted Reserved Seating packages in the Pyrenees Function centre PLUS 10% off marquee hire (structure only & per member or corporate marquees) for each race meet.
• Members Newsletter highlighting events and club news.
• Members discount at other club events held during the year
• Members discount when hiring the Pyrenees Function Centre for meetings or special events
• Voting Rights at all Special and Annual Meetings.

* Please note applications received for this membership will be treated on a first in best dressed policy.

* Limited to 50 memberships.

 

 

 

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ASTC ‘Platinum’ Membership $320 One member & one guest card

Great value for money and ideal for patrons after the Winning Post Luncheon package.
Two complimentary all-inclusive Winning Post Lunch tickets (To be used at either the October or April race meet - valued at $300 alone). This includes:
• Access to the private dining area near winning post including picket fencing, table service and LCD TV.
• Admission and racebooks
• Gourmet luncheon by in-house caterer
• All inclusive beverages including local red, white & sparkling wine, beer, soft drink & water

MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES
• Admission for two adults into the racecourse for each race meet.  (17th Oct 2015 and 25th Apr 2016)
• Entry for two adult into the Members Enclosure at each race meet
• Two complimentary bottles of wine (available for pick on one race day, once annually).
• Discounted Reserved Seating packages in the Pyrenees Function centre PLUS 10% off marquee hire (structure only & per member for corporate marquees) for each race meet.
• Members Newsletter highlighting events and club news.
• Members discount at other club events held during the year
• Members discount when hiring the Pyrenees Function Centre for meetings or special events
• Members Newsletter highlighting events and club news.
• Voting Rights at all Special and Annual Meetings.

* Please note applications received for this membership will be treated on a first in best dressed policy.

Extra guest passes can be purchased by ASTC members for $10 per pass which includes access into the trackside Members Marquee Enclosure. Racecourse admission must be purchased seperately from the Information Desk on race day.

* Limited to 20 memberships.

 

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Avoca Shire Turf Club

Phone: 03 5465 3231 M: 0419 800 180

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