Balnarring Picnic Racing Club

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Balnarring Picnic Racing Club

Welcome to the Balnarring Racing Club

The Balnarring Picnic Racing Club is a non profit organisation committed to promoting picnic racing as an enjoyable and family orientated activity.

Set in a scenic rural environment, the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club provides the opportunity for all to experience ‘the fun of the races’. Visit the mounting yard as the horses are paraded, and, from track side, cheer your favorite home as the horses race around the track. Back a winner with one of the local, Melbourne and interstate bookmakers. A full TAB service and ‘punters club’ are also provided.

Enjoy a leisurely picnic among the trees. There are bars and food stalls and numerous children’s activities.

History of the Balnarring Races

Balnarring Picnic Race Club History

The Balnarring Picnic Race Club has a long and proud history dating back to 1863. It was in that year that the Hastings and Balnarring Racing Club, as it was then known, commenced racing. The site used for the first meeting remains the site used today.

In the early years, only one meeting was held per year, on Boxing Day. The Racing Club registered with the VRC in 1918 and began holding two meeting a year. The depression hit the club hard. Despite continuing to hold races during these years, Balnarring was prevented from holding VRC meetings in 1932. In 1933 the club was reborn as the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club.

The first Balnarring Cup was held in 1948. It was won by a horse called Helenette. During the 1950’s, the club built its first running rail to replace sticks with small red flags fifty yards apart.

In recent years, the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club has continued to develop its on course facilities and looks forward to a long and bright future.



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Membership of the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club entitles the holder to:


  • one member’s ticket for each of the six meetings on the 2015-2016 racing calendar;
  • one member’s guest ticket for each of the six meetings;
  • access to the members car park on race day;
  • use of the Member’s Club rooms, lawn area and reserve including BBQ and toilet facilities.
  • free tea and coffee in club rooms


Reciprocal rights are also available at all metropolitan courses during most weekday meetings.


Membership costs $55.00 per season. The once only joining fee is $15 and one additional members guest ticket can be purchased for $20.


Any further queries regarding membership of the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club should be directed to the Club Secretary or via 03 5986 3755, 0419 359 851 or


Click here to download the Membership Application form

New members are always welcome and we look forward to hearing from you.

Raceday Sponsorship

Race Sponsorship

Interested parties are encouraged to consider The Balnarring Picnic Racing Club’s race sponsorship package. Sponsorship provides the race sponsor:

  • naming rights to a race;
  • full page advertisement in the race book;
  • 30 complimentary entry tickets;
  • a marquee site;
  • the right to a sign erected by the finishing line;
  • the opportunity to present the trophies to the winning connections of your race and to join them for celebratory drinks in the sponsors room.

Further information regarding race sponsorship can be attained from the Club Secretary on 59 863 755 or 0419 359 851.

Corporate and Group Bookings

A day at the Balnarring races is an ideal social event for corporate or social groups. In a relaxed environment, the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club can provide for:

  • the entertaining of clients;
  • company social clubs;
  • staff Christmas parties; and
  • group social days.

Corporate race goers typically take the opportunity to enjoy the races from the comfort of a marquee. Marquees are set up on the rails between the mounting yard and horse stalls. The preferred supplier of marquees for the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club is Peninsula Party Hire.

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Getting there

The Balnarring Race Course is located on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula between Port Philip and Western Port Bays.

Only 1 hour from Melbourne, the unique location offers the racegoer the opportunity to explore many nearby wineries, restaurants and popular beaches.

Melway Reference 163 H9

Contact us

Any queries regarding the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club should be directed to the Club Secretary on 03 5986 3755, 0419 359 851 or

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