Hamilton Racing Club

Hamilton(03) 5572 1268



Hamilton Racing Club

Whether it's enjoying a day at the races or a function in one of our three function facilities, the Hamilton Racing Club will make sure you have an enjoyable and memorable experience.


Hamilton Racecourse is situated on the west side of the Henty Highway, north-west of the centre of Hamilton. The first horse races were held at Hamilton in 1854 and in 1859 the present site of the racecourse was reserved temporarily. A further area was reserved in 1861 and the total area reserved permanently in 1874. In 1860 the Hamilton Turf Club was established, then declined and revived in 1867 as the Western Racing Club, later merging with other clubs to form the Hamilton Racing Club.


Hamilton Racing Club Grandstand is of architectural significance as one of the earliest surviving grandstands in Victoria. It is significant as a sophisticated example of grandstand design with its turrets giving the structure a distinctively exotic appearance.


Hamilton Racing Club Grandstand is of historical significance for its associations with the history of horse racing in Victoria and with Robert Bagot, an important figure in the history of sport. The grandstand is a rare surviving example of an early racetrack structure. It reflects the increasing popularity of the sport and the need for the club to provide comfortable facilities at the racecourse, in particular to accommodate women.


Today, the Hamilton Cup runs in October of each year, during Victoria's Spring Racing Carnival. When mentioning the Hamilton Cup, the grand old stager, Puramaka, comes to mind. He won four cups in between 1977 and 1980, a feat that could stand forever.


The Hamilton racecourse consists of a course proper, steeple grass and a sand track. Up to 60 horses train at Hamilton each morning. There are three training establishments on-course, and other trainers are within close proximity.




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Hamilton Racing Club Function Centre


The Hamilton Racing Club Function Centre  offers a unique blend of historic atmosphere with contemporary and heritage venues.


Located on the outskirts of Hamilton only a 5 minute drive from the CBD, the HRC highlights include a beautiful heritage listed grandstand, large open spaces , three different venues and outstanding catering facilities.  


With three different venues for you to choose from, you are sure to find the right space to make your event special at the HRC. With flexible function spaces HRC can accommodate your specific requirements.


Overlooking the racetrack, the Puramaka Room and historic grandstand offers function spaces that can cater for 6 to 200 people. Three conference and event rooms are available – Puramaka, Sir Agrifo and Apex Star Room. Whether it is a special birthday, engagement party, awards dinner, wedding, conference, product launch, Christmas celebration, exhibition, market the HRC has it all.


The  venues have fully equipped catering facilities for your chosen caterer to use and fully operational bars can be arranged by our friendly staff.  Each venue is understated in decor providing you a blank canvas to add your own touches to set the room up exactly how your want it.


With lush lawns, grand old trees and ample free parking, the HRC also offers an outdoor events centre. Whether it be your company Christmas party, market, cross country running race, community festival or large equipment exhibition, The grounds has the space to cater for all your needs.



Function Room




Puramaka Room




Sir Agrifo Room




Apex Star Room






For further information or to arrange an inspection contact Club Manager, Erin Penny on 0409 217 935 or email




Puramaka Room


The Members area is a fantastic open plan space located on the second level, it has an abundance of natural light and opens onto a large undercover balcony overlooking the racecourse.


Sir Agrifo Room


The old Members area is an open plan room with floor to ceiling windows on the lower level and opens onto a lawn area overlooking the wining post. This space is filled with natural light and is perfect for your Christmas party, luncheon or wedding.


Apex Star Room


Located under the heritage listed grandstand this open plan room oozes charm and character of a time gone by. With gorgeous wooden beams adorning the ceiling, rustic stone walls and French doors opening onto a private outdoor space, this room is perfect for a vintage inspired wedding, engagement cocktail party or high tea.









8 times per year you will enjoy the benefits of becoming a member of the Hamilton Racing Club. For only $95 you can join the Hamilton Racing Club and you will reap the benefits of exclusive offers. email: for a membership form.

Get to know the Region

Hamilton is a gracious city located in the Western District. The Grange Burn loops around the southern edge of town, around its commercial heart and a number of gracious public buildings and homes.


Lake Hamilton was created when the river was dammed at the spot where the earliest settlers camped. Today picnic grounds provide an equally tranquil scene for visitors. The town is surrounded by a vast and beautiful landscape of green rolling hills, ancient red gums, extinct volcanoes and impressive waterfalls.


Activities and attractions


Hamilton Art Gallery on Brown Street – renowned as having one of the best regional art collections in Australia Botanic Gardens at the corner of Thompson and French streets - heritage-listed, the Gardens include a native animal enclosure, bird aviary, band rotunda and decorative fountains.


Explore the Volcanic Trail - with its many unique features, enjoy fishing and water sports at Lake Hamilton or the nearby Rocklands Reservoir


Major events


  • Green Triangle Beef Expo - February 
  • Promenade of Sacred Music – April 
  • Hamilton Cup – October 
  • Sheepvention – August 
  • Hamilton Rotary Art Show – October




  • Lake Hamilton Motor Village & Caravan Park Ph: 55723 855(Club Sponsor) 
  • Grand Central Hotel - Gray Street, Ph: 5572 2899 (Club Sponsor) 
  • Comfort Inn Botanical - Cnr French Street, Ph: 5572 1855 (Club Sponsor) 
  • Best Western - Losdale Street Ph: 5572 4055 (Club Sponsor) 
  • Grangeburn Motel - Ballarat Rd, Ph: 5572 5755
  •  Goldsmith Motel - Goldsmith Street, Ph: 5572 4347


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Henty Highway, Hamilton, Victoria 3300


Coach services are available from Melbourne and there is also a daily air service from Essendon Airport. visit
Hamilton is 285 kilometres west of Melbourne, a 3.5-hour drive. Travel by car via the Henty, Glenelg or Hamilton highways.
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