The annual Tambo Valley Racing Club picnic races at Swifts Creek has been running for 116 years and is held on Easter Sunday. Each year the picnic racing event attracts punters and families. Much emphasis is placed on entertainment for the kids.
Swifts Creek is situated 90 kilometres from Bairnsdale and 28 kilometres from Omeo on the Great Alpine Road. The area is predominately sheep and cattle grazing with limited other employment opportunities.
The racecourse is situated on the banks of the Tambo River, with magnificent hill views in all directions. All buildings have been constructed to take advantage of the local timbers, thus giving a real country look and feel. The lawn area is well shaded and protected by beautiful weeping willows.
The Tambo Valley Racing Club support the local Bush Nursing Association as other medical facilities are somewhat remote or restricted.
Country racing plays a prominent role in the heart and soul of Victoria. When you hear the thundering hoofs of the thoroughbred meet the fresh country turf, racing truly comes alive.
A registered company pursuant to the Corporations Act comprising of a Board of 10 Directors, Country Racing Victoria represents 48 professional clubs ranging from large clubs in the outer metropolitan areas of Melbourne such as Werribee, Cranbourne and Yarra Valley to small clubs in rural areas such as Edenhope, Manangatang and Towong.