Great Western Racing Club

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Great Western Racing Club

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Great Western is located within one of Victoria's most picturesque regions - the Grampians. The Grampians and Great Western offer spectacular beauty for visitors, stunning wineries and country racing at its best.

The small Western Highway town of Great Western is home to the renowned Seppelt's of Great Western (Treasury Estate Wines) Bests Great Western vineyard, and Grampians Estate historic vineyards all with wonderful cellar doors.

In 2016 we will race on Sunday the 24th of January as a full TAB meeting.

So why not make a long weekend of it?
The racecourse itself is as country as you will get and just as beautiful, it has an array of towering aged pine trees providing welcomed shade and relief from the heat of a Summer's day of racing.  The racecourse is located in a 170 acre (70 hectare) recreation reserve, where patrons camp (unpowered) for free or access powered sites for a small fee.

Features of our Race Day include

  • Fashions on the Field with categories for all ages
  • 'Famous Great Western Boat Regatta'. Enter your team to run down the straight and win cash prizes
  • The Prestigious Seppelt Marquee, starting with "Drinks on the Lawn" followed by wine and food on the Finishing Line Marquee,
  • Heather's "Bird Cage" Corporate entertainment with activities, food, and wine all day,
  • Bring your ute, tent or caravan and stay overnight at our well maintained camping area. (Please note that campfires are not permitted due to the fire danger of the season)
  • Fine wines from Seppelt service in the traditional "Champagne Bar".
  • A live, local cover band to finish the day, and
  • Buses to get your there and home safely

Kids Activities include

  • Bouncy Castle, 

    Fun Zone:
    - Circus activities 
    - Hula Hoops
    - Ribbons
    - Balance Beam
    - Bean Bags
    - Frisbees 
    - Horse Shoe Toss

    Team Zone:
    - Sack races
    - Sea Horse Hurdles 
    - Water Activities
    - Crazy Cricket
    - Parachute Activities

    Challenger Zone
    - Pin the Tail on the Pony 
    - Soccer Shoot Out
    - Footy Handball Comp
    - Sporting Pose Photo Competition 
    - Tennis Beat The Champ

    Craft Zone:
    - Bead making 
    - Lead the horse through the maze 
    - Colouring in competition




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Great Western Club Membership


Become a member of the Great Western Race Club and enjoy the benefits of membership as well as the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of a great community event.

There are two membership packages to choose from:

Race Lovers Membership (Wimmera Racing Club Membership) See below

Membership of the Great Western Racing Club for $25

 Entry into Seppelt Salinger Great Western Cup

 1 Guest Pass to the Seppelt Salinger Great Western Cup

 Entry into the members area on race day

Please request the Membership Form any of the committee members or contact secretary


Wimmera Racing Club 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
  • 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 or fill out the query form below.

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.  

Click here to download a PDF file of the application form or please contact the office on 5358 5288.

Renewals for the 2015-2016 Season will be sent out during May, please advise if any of you details have changed. Renewals MUST be received by the 1st of September, those that are not received will have to re-nominate*. New members' applications MUST be nominated and second by current Wimmera Racing Club Members. If you do not know any current members, please attach a letter supporting your application detailing your involvement in racing.
*New members and old members that haven't renewed by 1st September 2015, will have their applications submitted to the Wimmera Racing Club Board, who either pass of deny the membership.
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Getting there

Travel & Accommodation

ADDRESS Moyston Road, Great Western
DISTANCE FROM MELBOURNE AIRPORT Great Western is 219 kilometres north-west of Melbourne and approximately 2hrs 45mins from Melbourne airport
A bus service will run from Horsham, Ararat, Stawell and Halls Gap.  Please book online.  Fees apply
From Melbourne City travel along the Western Hwy
TRAIN Visit (Western Victoria)
Grapevines were first planted at Great Western in 1863. Today, the area has become the focal point of one of Australia’s internationally renowned wine-growing regions as well as an attractive wine village.

Visit the region’s pioneer wineries, Seppelt and Best’s. Tours of the Seppelt Winery’s underground ‘drives’ are one of the region’s most popular activities, while the slab hut of Best’s Vineyard is one of the area’s historic highlights. After carrying out a tasting at both cellar doors, explore the village’s old churches and see the old toll gate.

Activities and attractions

Take one of the Seppelt Great Western Winery underground tours and explore the 3 kilometres of intricate tunnels that were dug by goldminers in the 1860s and 1870s. The tunnels, known as ‘drives’ have been classified by the National Trust and are still used today to house thousands bottles of maturing sparkling wine. 
Take the self-guided cellar walk at Best’s Wines – established in 1866 the cellar door is housed in the original stables
Enjoy wine tasting at these two unique wineries.

Camping On Site
Allanvale Homestead
Vine Lodge, Seppelt Great Western
Salingers Accommodation
Great Western Hotel  03 5356 2270
Westgate Vineyard and Country house
Boronia Peak
Blue Ridge retreat
Aspect villas
Classic Retreat
Corella rise B&B
Grampians Motel
Heavenly Escape Studio
Parkview Holiday Houses
The Rocks Apartments
Grampians Station, Railway Carriage
Crowlands Travellers rest B&B
Grampians Pioneer Cottage

 Contact the Stawell & Grampians Tourism Information Centre 03 5358 2314 

or contact the Ararat & Grampians Accommodation
Booking Service Freecall 1800 657 158

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