Mortlake Racing Club

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Mortlake Racing Club

The Mortlake Racing Club was established in 1869 following a meeting of interested people at Mac's Hotel.

Prior to this, "unofficial racing" had taken place at a location called the Manse which is opposite the local football ground in town. When the club was created it was allocated Crown Land by the Government at its current location in Connewarren Lane, approximately 2km from the town centre.

Over its existence the Mortlake Racing Club has faced the threat of closure from the governing bodies of racing within Victoria however the club has remained strong despite several changes to racing's structure. These changes to the overall industry has also meant that race meetings at Mortlake have diminished progressively over time from four down to our annual Mortlake Cup meeting on Derby Day each year.

A purely volunteer-based club, our dedicated committee are proud of the contribution that we make to the racing industry and to the local community. From patching holes in the track following jump-outs, keeping the grounds looking pristine in the lead up to our feature day to erecting the very marquees that our patrons enjoy on race day, you can be assured that all people that "Make it to Mortlake" will see for themselves what a special club it is.

Mortlake has had a rejuvenation in recent years with regular jump-outs being reintroduced to service the industry within the region and steady improvements being made to the racecourse infrastructure and facilities to ensure that we provide an exciting, friendly, comfortable and professional service to our patrons, members and thoroughbred industry participants.

Our Derby Day Mortlake Cup meeting has proven to be a winner with patrons with a greater awareness of the club and the wonderful day of racing and activities that are provided throughout the day. Perfect for the punter, the socialite and for kids, your day at Mortlake will be a Great Day Out!

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All at Mortlake look forward to seeing you, your friends and family at our Derby Day Mortlake Cup meeting.



CLUB MEMBERSHIP Be a part of the action at Mortlake Racing Club by becoming a member.

Mortlake Racing Club members have access to functions and exclusive club merchandise.

For more details on membership, contact the Club on 0439 574 972.

Cost of membership is $30 and you receive 1 x Members' Admission Pass, 1 x Guest Pass and 1 x ticket in the Race Day Promotion with the chance to win one of three fantastic prizes drawn on the day- $1000 Travel Voucher - $600 Accommodation Voucher - $400 Fashion Voucher


Our popular Fashions on the Field competition is one of the major reasons why the Derby Day Mortlake Cup has become one of the fastest growing events in on the Country Racing circuit.

Over 120 people take part in the 5 categories to be judged on the day which are: Ladies, Gentlemen, Children, Couples and Best Headwear.

The club thanks our wonderful partners for contributing to the event, with prizes to the value of over $3000.00 on offer for the lucky winners and placegetters throughout the day.

To enter the Fashions on the Field at this year's Derby Day Mortlake Cup meeting simply register at the Fashions Marquee located adjacent to the staging area between 11.45am- 1.00pm. Entry is FREE and gives you the opportunity to win some great prizes!

Judging times are as follows:

Children's - 1.55pm   Gentlemen- 2.15pm     Ladies- 2.45pm     Couples- 3.25pm - Best Headwear will be selected from the entrants in these other categories.

We look forward to seeing you at the Fashions on the Field on Derby Day at Mortlake.

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Getting there


Mortlake Racecourse & Events Centre - Connewarren Lane, Mortlake


220 kms



Warrnambool - Mortlake Racecourse and return -Departing The Lighthouse Theatre- Timor Street Warrnambool at 10.45 am and returning from Mortlake Racecourse at 6.15 pm. *Bookings essential*

Cobden - Mortlake Racecourse and return via Camperdown- Terang- Noorat - Departure times TBA

Mortlake Town Centre - Mortlake Racecourse shuttle - Departing Market Square in 20 minute intervals from 11.00 am. and return trips from 5.30 pm 


CAR From Melbourne, travel along the Princes Highway prior to Geelong and then take the Geelong Bypass to the the Hamilton Highway exit. Stay on the Hamilton Highway through Mortlake CBD and turn left at Connewarren Lane. The Mortlake Raceourse is 1.5km distance from this intersection.


Saturday October 31st 2015

V/Line Passenger Train service from Southern Cross Station on the Warrnambool line. Change at Terang station and connect with Race Day Bus.


  • Southern Cross Station - 7.00 am
  • Geelong Station - 8.13 am
  • Colac Station - 9.15 am

Arriving at Terang Station - 9.57 am

Bus connection to Mortlake leaving - 10.45 am


  • Terang Station - 6.03 pm

Visit for timetables and information


Mortlake is 218km west of Melbourne and 46km north-east of Warrnambool. It is also easily accessed by direct routes within 90 minutes from many other regional areas including Ballarat, Geelong, Colac, Ararat, Hamilton and Portland.

At the foot of the picturesque Mount Shadwell, Mortlake is the centre of the rich agricultural and pastoral Western District of Victoria. There are many significant bluestone buildings in the town reflecting an important phase in both Victoria's and Mortlake's development. The volcanic plains, stony rises and stone walls are unique, as are the scoria walls of Mount Shadwell and The Peak. The quarry at Mount Shadwell is one of the richest sources of olivine, a mineral known in its gem form as peridot, the birth stone for August.

  • Appreciate the delightful bluestone buildings throughout the town with 22 on the Heritage Trail. Maps are available from the Visitor Information Centre.
  • Take a look at the Avenue of Honour, which features 196 trees honuring servicemen and women from World War 1 and World War 2. Each tree on the 2.2km avenue is dedicated with plaques at its base.
  • Enjoy the idyllic Mortlake Botanical Gardens and Tea Tree Lake which attracts many species of bird life.
  • Mortlake is blessed with many fine eateries and great shopping to satisfy your needs.
The Moyne Shire includes towns such as Koroit, Peterborough and the beautiful Port Fairy. It is also home to the incredible Hopkins Falls located just 15 minutes from Warrnambool.
Port Fairy, voted Victoria's #1 Tourist Destination, offers incredible ocean views, river views, award-winning restaurants and great accommodation. Links golf course, boutique shopping, delightful beaches and picturesque natural attractions. Ofcourse the internationally-acclaimed Port Fairy Folk Festival is held each March.

Mt Shadwell Hotel The Stables Motel -
128 Dunlop St, Mortlake - (03) 5599 2019

Relax in the tranquility of a fine country hotel with historic charm. The beautiful bluestone facade of the 1850's hotel is complimented by the bluestone front of The Stables Motel incorporating five deluxe motel units, including a four star unit with luxury spa. Quality country cuisine, together with fine wining and dining will enhance your visit to Mortlake for the Mortlake Cup.


Ronolea Gardens Bed & Breakfast 
20 Hyland St, Mortlake - (03) 5599 2070 - 0409 835 133

Enjoy our shady grounds and private facilites. Ronolea Gardens is a secluded paradise offering double and twin-share accommodation, a guest lounge and balcony, smoke-free environment and all the comforts of home.


Mortlake Caravan Park 
30 Montgomery Way, Mortlake - 0409 428 870

The Mortlake Caravan Park is centrally located within walking distance to all attractions and is a great place to base yourself whilst visiting the area.

Facilities include- 2 Luxury units, 20 Powered Sites, 30 Unpowered Sites,laundry, barbeques and camp kitchen. 


Macs Hotel
90 Dunlop Street, Mortlake - (03) 5599 2007

Comfortable facilities on offer for Mortlake visitors with deluxe dining, full TAB and large Bar area.


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