The Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival is three days of fun, fashion, glamour, food and entertainment built around two days of horse racing in Cairns in early September each year.


Cairns Amateurs Fishbowl

Enjoy trackside dining at its best in the all new Cairns Amateurs Fishbowl!

Located in the bottom of the two storey marquee at the top of the track, the Cairns Amateurs Fishbowl is the ultimate race day experience. The air-conditioned marquee with glass panel walls creates the perfect viewing for people watching and thoroughbred action while indulging on a delicious three course lunch.

Cairns Amateurs Birdcage

Cairns Amateurs newest experience, a Premium marquee located centerfield graced with Celebrities and Racing Icons with an all- inclusive superior package including canapes, grazing stations and a Premium Beverage Package.

Located centerfield in the Cairns Amateurs Aviary, just past the finishing post is the prime Cairns Amateurs Bird Cage.

Cairns Amateurs Aviary Packages

Located centrefield, directly behind the finishing post is the Cairns Amateurs Corporate entertaining area, The Cairns Amateurs Aviary. Enjoy the atmosphere and excitement of one of Australia’s premier award winning spring horse racing Carnivals and celebrate this iconic North Queensland event with clients, friends or colleagues in style.

Yellowglen House

Add a little sparkle to your day with the sophistication, style and comfort that is Yellowglen House.

Its central location off the main walkway, opposite the mounting yard area is perfectly positioned for people watching, viewing the form of the horses as they gear up in the mounting yard and presentations of Race and Fashion on the Field winners while indulging on delicious canapes, an oyster bar and a premium beverage package.

60 years on, the Cairns Amateurs is now complemented by a host of social activities, some formal and some very informal including a number of Members-only and corporate functions as well as events and areas for the general public on both race days and is one of the top things to do in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

The beautiful mild September climate entices large crowds of locals as well as interstate visitors. The dates for the 2018 Cairns Amateurs are from Thursday the 6th September to Saturday the 8th of September.

The race meeting prize money draws interest Queensland wide and attracts large race fields each year from both new and returning participants. The two-day race meeting has always been held at Cannon Park Race Course, however the social functions that surround the Carnival vary in style and venue.

The Club aims to provide events that appeal to the Community as a whole as well as to Members and their Guests. Each year the events evolve to suit the requirements and requests of Members and the public accordingly. The social events are the premier functions held in Cairns each year and see locals mixing with Governors, Premiers mixing with celebrities and business leaders mixing with fashionistas.

Our Club is determined to keep abreast with the advances in tourism and population growth and to provide the necessary infrastructure at our Carnival that offers first class racing and social events that capture the interest of all Australians as well as remaining a viable draw card for the advancement of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Cairns Amateurs Becomes Citizen of the Great Barrier Reef

The Cairns Amateurs has become part of the global movement Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef to accelerate its fundraising cause by asking all online ticket purchasers to make a small, $2 donation. READ MORE

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