Amateurs’ jewel of a night to celebrate
Sapphire Jubilee

AMATEURS' JEWEL OF A NIGHT TO CELEBRATE SAPPHIRE JUBILEE

Wednesday 23 August 2023. In a black-tie occasion befitting Far North Queensland’s social event of the year, Cairns Amateurs Carnival will turn up the wattage for its 65-year anniversary Sapphire Ball, a night celebrating stage and screen.

The Sapphire Ball will be held on Friday 8 September 2023 within the waterfront marquee overlooking Cairns Esplanade. Click here to find out more and to book.

Within the waterfront marquee overlooking the Cairns Esplanade, more than 500 ballgoers will be treated to a gilt-edged entertainment program laden with local talent and ‘wow’ elements spanning musical style theatrics, high-energy choreographed dance performances, live band and pyrotechnics which all take a cue from the Cairns Amateurs Sapphire Jubilee program and a night celebrating stage and screen’ theme.

Loved for its unique and winning blend of food, hospitality, and live entertainment, replete with spectacular fireworks over Trinity Inlet, this year’s ball features Cairns’ best in the business when it comes to special events, notably the award-winning team from Ochre Restaurant and Catering, the talented KL Performance Industry Dancers, and local band, Kaweyova.

Cairns Amateurs Carnival President, David Goodman said the Amateurs ball is among his favourite events whose long tradition has been refined and refreshed, enjoying a resurgence in popularity among the next generation of racegoers.

“This event really is our city’s night of nights, a one-of-a-kind celebration with its own unique brand of Far North Queensland hospitality and flair.  Each year we work hard to raise the bar in being the best black-tie gala in town, the one that cannot be missed and is best remembered,” Mr Goodman said.

Special guests attending the Cairns Amateurs Carnival in 2023 and Sapphire Ball include Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland, Queensland’s Minister for Racing, the Honourable Grace Grace, MP, honorary Patron, Member for Cairns and Queensland’s Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development, Michael Healy MP, Bart Sinclair OAM and Carnival Ambassador, Em Scodellaro.

General carnival admission is $35 per person at the gate or $30 online and two-day membership packages from just $180 per person. All tickets and events can be booked and purchased through our website.

Wednesday 23 August 2023. In a black-tie occasion befitting Far North Queensland’s social event of the year, Cairns Amateurs Carnival will turn up the wattage for its 65-year anniversary Sapphire Ball, a night celebrating stage and screen.

The Sapphire Ball will be held on Friday 8 September 2023 within the waterfront marquee overlooking Cairns Esplanade. Click here to find out more and to book.

Within the waterfront marquee overlooking the Cairns Esplanade, more than 500 ballgoers will be treated to a gilt-edged entertainment program laden with local talent and ‘wow’ elements spanning musical style theatrics, high-energy choreographed dance performances, live band and pyrotechnics which all take a cue from the Cairns Amateurs Sapphire Jubilee program and a night celebrating stage and screen’ theme.

Loved for its unique and winning blend of food, hospitality, and live entertainment, replete with spectacular fireworks over Trinity Inlet, this year’s ball features Cairns’ best in the business when it comes to special events, notably the award-winning team from Ochre Restaurant and Catering, the talented KL Performance Industry Dancers, and local band, Kaweyova.

Cairns Amateurs Carnival President, David Goodman said the Amateurs ball is among his favourite events whose long tradition has been refined and refreshed, enjoying a resurgence in popularity among the next generation of racegoers.

“This event really is our city’s night of nights, a one-of-a-kind celebration with its own unique brand of Far North Queensland hospitality and flair.  Each year we work hard to raise the bar in being the best black-tie gala in town, the one that cannot be missed and is best remembered,” Mr Goodman said.

Special guests attending the Cairns Amateurs Carnival in 2023 and Sapphire Ball include Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland, Queensland’s Minister for Racing, the Honourable Grace Grace, MP, honorary Patron, Member for Cairns and Queensland’s Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development, Michael Healy MP, Bart Sinclair OAM and Carnival Ambassador, Em Scodellaro.

General carnival admission is $35 per person at the gate or $30 online and two-day membership packages from just $180 per person. All tickets and events can be booked and purchased through our website.

Friday 13th September 2024
Location: Cannon Park
Gates Open: 11.00am
Cost: Cairns Jockey Club Members $280
Cost: Non-Members $315
2.5% booking fee applies 
 

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Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Friends of the Cairns Amateurs

Friends of the Cairns Amateurs package!

Located adjacent to the Tropical Verandah, Friends of Cairns Amateurs is a new fully catered entertainment option, for those wanting to enjoy with carnival with a small group of friends or colleagues. 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.

 
Inclusions:
  • Reserved tables and seating in the Friends of the Cairns Amateurs Marquee located next to the Tropical Veranda
  • Fully shaded.
  • Wristband general admission passes.
  • Premium bar package with all-inclusive 7-hour beverage package including spirits
  • TAB & Bookie facilities
  • Race book
  • Live Entertainment
  • Table linen and centrepieces
  • shared toilet facilities
Friday 13th September 2024
Location: Cannon Park
Gates Open: 11.00am
Cost: Cairns Jockey Club Members $280
Cost: Non-Members $315
2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Friends of the
Cairns Amateurs

Friends of the Cairns Amateurs package!

Located adjacent to the Tropical Verandah, Friends of Cairns Amateurs is a new fully catered entertainment option, for those wanting to enjoy with carnival with a small group of friends or colleagues. 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.

 
Inclusions:
  • Reserved tables and seating in the Friends of the Cairns Amateurs Marquee located next to the Tropical Veranda
  • Fully shaded.
  • Wristband general admission passes.
  • Premium bar package with all-inclusive 7-hour beverage package including spirits
  • TAB & Bookie facilities
  • Race book
  • Live Entertainment
  • Table linen and centrepieces
  • shared toilet facilities

Proudly Sponsored by

 

Event Map

Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Saturday 14th September 2024
Location: Cannon Park
Gates Open: 11.00am
Cost: Cairns Jockey Club Members $300
Cost: Non-Members $345
2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Proudly Sponsored by

 

Event Map

Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Friends of the Cairns Amateurs

Friends of the Cairns Amateurs package!

Located adjacent to the Tropical Verandah, Friends of Cairns Amateurs is a new fully catered entertainment option, for those wanting to enjoy with carnival with a small group of friends or colleagues. 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.

 
Inclusions:
  • Reserved tables and seating in the Friends of the Cairns Amateurs Marquee located next to the Tropical Veranda
  • Fully shaded.
  • Wristband general admission passes.
  • Premium bar package with all-inclusive 7-hour beverage package including spirits
  • TAB & Bookie facilities
  • Race book
  • Live Entertainment
  • Table linen and centrepieces
  • shared toilet facilities
Saturday 14th September 2024
Location: Cannon Park
Gates Open: 11.00am
Cost: Cairns Jockey Club Members $300
Cost: Non-Members $345
 
2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Friends of the
Cairns Amateurs

Friends of the Cairns Amateurs package!

Located adjacent to the Tropical Verandah, Friends of Cairns Amateurs is a new fully catered entertainment option, for those wanting to enjoy with carnival with a small group of friends or colleagues. 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.

 
Inclusions:
  • Reserved tables and seating in the Friends of the Cairns Amateurs Marquee located next to the Tropical Veranda
  • Fully shaded.
  • Wristband general admission passes.
  • Premium bar package with all-inclusive 7-hour beverage package including spirits
  • TAB & Bookie facilities
  • Race book
  • Live Entertainment
  • Table linen and centrepieces
  • shared toilet facilities

Proudly Sponsored by

 

Event Map

Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Saturday 14th, September 2024
Location: Cannon Park
Gates Open: 11.00am
Cost: Saturday 14th September $280
2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Proudly Sponsored by

 

Event Map

Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Carlton 1500 Club (2 storey lower)

Brand New Air-Conditioned Venue Directly Opposite the Winning Post
CAIRNS AMATEURS ULTIMATE VIEW!
Elevate your experience at the Cairns Amateurs and witness all the action in spacious open air marquee overlooking the track Great Northern 1500 Club. This exciting new venue offers a bird’s eye panoramic view of the winning post and all the trimmings in an all-inclusive package with canapés, grazing stations, premium beverage package and live entertainment.
 
Inclusions:      
  • Reserved 15x30m area on the lower level of the trackside two-story marquee
  • Wristband general admission passes
  • Race Book
  • Food stations and canapes served throughout the day
  • Shared bar with an all-inclusive beverage package from 11am – 6.00pm including beer, wine, sparkling, ready to drink spirits and soft drink
  • TAB and bookie facilities available
  • Trestle tables, chairs, dry bars and stools
  • Table linen and centerpieces
  • Permanent toilet facilities located directly behind the marquee


This is strictly an 18+ event.

Please note this event is only available on Saturday.

Saturday 14th, September 2024
Location: Cannon Park
Gates Open: 11.00am
Cost: Saturday 14th September $280
 
2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Carlton 1500 Club
(2 storey lower)

Brand New Air-Conditioned Venue Directly Opposite the Winning Post
CAIRNS AMATEURS ULTIMATE VIEW!
Elevate your experience at the Cairns Amateurs and witness all the action in spacious open air marquee overlooking the track Great Northern 1500 Club. This exciting new venue offers a bird’s eye panoramic view of the winning post and all the trimmings in an all-inclusive package with canapés, grazing stations, premium beverage package and live entertainment.
 
Inclusions:      
  • Reserved 15x30m area on the lower level of the trackside two-story marquee
  • Wristband general admission passes
  • Race Book
  • Food stations and canapes served throughout the day
  • Shared bar with an all-inclusive beverage package from 11am – 6.00pm including beer, wine, sparkling, ready to drink spirits and soft drink
  • TAB and bookie facilities available
  • Trestle tables, chairs, dry bars and stools
  • Table linen and centerpieces
  • Permanent toilet facilities located directly behind the marquee


This is strictly an 18+ event.

Please note this event is only available on Saturday.

Proudly Sponsored by

 

Event Map

Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Friday 13th September 2024
Location: Cairns Esplanade Eastern Event Lawn
Gates Open: 6.30pm – 12.00am
Cost: $350
2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Proudly Sponsored by

 

Event Map

The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Ladbrokes Cairns Amateurs Gala Ball

TROPICAL NORTH QLD NIGHT OF NIGHTS!

Arguably the North’s most glamorous black tie event set in a waterfront marquee under the moonlight, Cairns Esplanade Eastern Events Lawn. You’ll be treated to an indulgent 3-course dinner, prepared by the award-winning Ochre Restaurant while enjoying premium beverages. Then dance the night away to captivating live music performances and the piece de resistance, a spectacular fireworks display. 

As a gala event, the dress code is strictly Black Tie, with a lounge suit and tie
as the minimum requirement for men. Do use this as an excuse to go all out; embrace the chance to get glammed up.

Inclusions:
  • Pre-dinner canapés
  • Sumptuous 3-course meal including gourmet dessert buffet
  • Premium five and half hour beverage package
  • Live music and entertainment throughout the evening
  • Firework display

This is strictly an 18+ event.
Friday 13th September 2024
Location: Cairns Esplanade
Eastern Event Lawn
Gates Open: 6.30pm – 12.00am
Cost: $350
2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Ladbrokes Cairns Amateurs Gala Ball

TROPICAL NORTH QLD NIGHT OF NIGHTS!

Arguably the North’s most glamorous black tie event set in a waterfront marquee under the moonlight, Cairns Esplanade Eastern Events Lawn. You’ll be treated to an indulgent 3-course dinner, prepared by the award-winning Ochre Restaurant while enjoying premium beverages. Then dance the night away to captivating live music performances and the piece de resistance, a spectacular fireworks display. 

As a gala event, the dress code is strictly Black Tie, with a lounge suit and tie
as the minimum requirement for men. Do use this as an excuse to go all out; embrace the chance to get glammed up.

Inclusions:
  • Pre-dinner canapés
  • Sumptuous 3-course meal including gourmet dessert buffet
  • Premium five and half hour beverage package
  • Live music and entertainment throughout the evening
  • Firework display

This is strictly an 18+ event.

Proudly Sponsored by

 

Event Map

The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th September 2024
Location: Cannon Park
Gates Open: 11.00am
Cost: Friday 13th September $140
Cost: Saturday 14th September $190
 
2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Proudly Sponsored by

 

Event Map

Vodka Cruiser Pavilion

THE FILLIES & COLTS PLAYGROUND HAS A BRAND NEW VENUE!

Minty fresh, this popular event has moved to a new undercover, air-conditioned venue! Don’t miss out on party central!

Join like-minded fillies and colts partying the day away enjoying the colourful and vibrant atmosphere of the Vodka Cruiser Party Pavilion. Located at the southern end of the home straight watch the horses thunder past on their way to the finish line! New undercover, air-conditioned venue with continuous music throughout the day from DJ Moose, private bars and bookies, you will have everything you need for a day at the races!

Inclusions:
  • Gate entry and Silks Pavilion access
  • Food Stations
  • 4x Vodka Cruisers on arrival with a shared bar to purchase beverages
  • Ample Seating
  • Reserved Trackside frontage to view all the races under umbrellas 
  • Access to Purchase Beverages from a Private Bar (Tap and Go Facilities ONLY) No Cash
  • Live Entertainment throughout the day
  • Bookies Facilities
  • Located in Silks featuring Air-Conditioning


This is strictly an 18+ event.

In the interest of community health and safety, we strongly encourage contactless transactions. EFTPOS facilities will be made available at all bars. Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th September 2024
Location: Cannon Park
Gates Open: 11.00am
Cost: Friday 13th September $140
Cost: Saturday 14th September $190
 
2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Vodka Cruiser Pavilion

THE FILLIES & COLTS PLAYGROUND HAS A BRAND NEW VENUE!

Minty fresh, this popular event has moved to a new undercover, air-conditioned venue! Don’t miss out on party central!

Join like-minded fillies and colts partying the day away enjoying the colourful and vibrant atmosphere of the Vodka Cruiser Party Pavilion. Located at the southern end of the home straight watch the horses thunder past on their way to the finish line! New undercover, air-conditioned venue with continuous music throughout the day from DJ Moose, private bars and bookies, you will have everything you need for a day at the races!

Inclusions:
  • Gate entry and Silks Pavilion access
  • Food Stations
  • 4x Vodka Cruisers on arrival with a shared bar to purchase beverages
  • Ample Seating
  • Reserved Trackside frontage to view all the races under umbrellas 
  • Access to Purchase Beverages from a Private Bar (Tap and Go Facilities ONLY) No Cash
  • Live Entertainment throughout the day
  • Bookies Facilities
  • Located in Silks featuring Air-Conditioning

This is strictly an 18+ event.

Proudly Sponsored by

 

Event Map

In the interest of community health and safety, we strongly encourage contactless transactions. EFTPOS facilities will be made available at all bars. Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th, September 2024
Location: Cannon Park
Gates Open: 11.00am
Cost: Friday 13th September $280
Cost: Saturday 14th September $315
2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Proudly Sponsored by

 

Event Map

Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Carlton 1500 Club (2 storey upper)

Brand New Air-Conditioned Venue Directly Opposite the Winning Post
CAIRNS AMATEURS ULTIMATE VIEW!
Elevate your experience at the Cairns Amateurs and witness all the ain the spacious 2-story Great Norther 1500 Club. This exciting new venue offers a bird’s eye panoramic view of the winning post and all the trimmings in an all-inclusive package with canapés, grazing stations, premium beverage package and live entertainment.
 
Inclusions:      
  • Reserved 15x30m area on the upper level of the trackside two-story marquee
  • Wristband general admission passes
  • Race Book
  • Food stations and canapes served throughout the day.
  • Shared bar with an all-inclusive beverage package from 11am – 6.00pm including beer, wine, sparkling, ready to drink spirits and soft drink
  • TAB  and Bookie facilities available
  • Trestle tables, chairs, dry bars and stools
  • Table linen and centerpieces
  • Permanent toilet facilities located directly behind the marquee


This is strictly an 18+ event.

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th, September 2024
Location: Cannon Park
Gates Open: 11.00am
Cost: Friday 13th September $265
Cost: Saturday 14th September $315
 
2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Carlton 1500 Club
(2 storey upper)

Brand New Air-Conditioned Venue Directly Opposite the Winning Post
CAIRNS AMATEURS ULTIMATE VIEW!
Elevate your experience at the Cairns Amateurs and witness all the ain the spacious 2-story Great Norther 1500 Club. This exciting new venue offers a bird’s eye panoramic view of the winning post and all the trimmings in an all-inclusive package with canapés, grazing stations, premium beverage package and live entertainment.
 
Inclusions:      
  • Reserved 15x30m area on the upper level of the trackside two-story marquee
  • Wristband general admission passes
  • Race Book
  • Food stations and canapes served throughout the day.
  • Shared bar with an all-inclusive beverage package from 11am – 6.00pm including beer, wine, sparkling, ready to drink spirits and soft drink
  • TAB  and Bookie facilities available
  • Trestle tables, chairs, dry bars and stools
  • Table linen and centerpieces
  • Permanent toilet facilities located directly behind the marquee


This is strictly an 18+ event.

Proudly Sponsored by

 

Event Map

Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th September 2024

Location: Cannon Park
Gates Open: 11.00am
Bar Open: 11.00am
First Race: 12.45pm (approx.)
Last Race: 4.55pm (approx.)

Cost: Friday 13th September $35
Cost: Saturday 14th September $45

2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Event Map

General Admission

CREATE YOUR OWN MAGIC!

The 2024 Cairns Amateurs Carnival will have more fun, fashion and racing entertainment than ever before! Cannon Park will come to life on Cairns Amateurs Ladies Day, Friday the 13th and Cairns Amateur Cup Day, Saturday, the 14th of September, with two massive days of events with roving entertainment, live music & bookies, Fashions on the Field and of course horse racing!

In the interest of community health and safety, we strongly encourage contactless transactions. EFTPOS facilities will be made available at all bars. Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th September 2024

Location: Cannon Park
Gates Open: 11.00am
Bar Open: 11.00am
First Race: 12.45pm (approx.)
Last Race: 4.55pm (approx.)

Cost: Friday 13th September $35
Cost: Saturday 14th September $45

2.5% booking fee applies 
 

General Admission

CREATE YOUR OWN MAGIC!

The 2024 Cairns Amateurs Carnival will have more fun, fashion and racing entertainment than ever before! Cannon Park will come to life on Cairns Amateurs Ladies Day, Friday the 13th and Cairns Amateur Cup Day, Saturday, the 14th of September, with two massive days of events with roving entertainment, live music & bookies, Fashions on the Field and of course horse racing!

Event Map

In the interest of community health and safety, we strongly encourage contactless transactions. EFTPOS facilities will be made available at all bars. Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol and gaming.

Thursday, September 12th 2024


Gates Open:
11.00am
Cost: $160

2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Proudly Sponsored by

 

Event Map

Tropical Fashion High Tea

PRETTY, POLISHED AND PERFECTLY RELAXED!

Treat yourself to a luxe morning of fabulous company, bubbles, fashion and delicious treats. Indulge in a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies with sparkling wine, tea and coffee while enjoying fashion parades by renowned designers and award-winning local milliners the latest collections from Myer Cairns and renowned local milliners. This year’s Tropical Fashion High Tea promises to be a delightful day out.

 

Ticket Inclusions:

  • Gordon’s Pink on arrival
  • Traditional high tea stands with all the trimmings – tea, coffee, and sparkling wine throughout the event

  • Fashion parade by renowned designers and award-winning local milliners
  • Entertainment and gift bags


This is strictly an 18+ event.

Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol.

Thursday, September 12th 2024


Gates Open:
11.00am
Cost: $160

2.5% booking fee applies 
 

Gordon’s Pink Jubilee Fashion High Tea

PRETTY, POLISHED AND PERFECTLY RELAXED!

Treat yourself to a luxe morning of fabulous company, bubbles, fashion and delicious treats. Indulge in a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies with sparkling wine, tea and coffee while enjoying fashion parades by renowned designers and award-winning local milliners the latest collections from Myer Cairns and renowned local milliners. This year’s Tropical Fashion High Tea promises to be a delightful day out.

 

Ticket Inclusions:

  • Gordon’s Pink on arrival
  • Traditional high tea stands with all the trimmings – tea, coffee, and sparkling wine throughout the event

  • Fashion parade by renowned designers and award-winning local milliners
  • Entertainment and gift bags


This is strictly an 18+ event.

Proudly Sponsored by

 

Event Map

Dress code is smart race day attire, dress to impress. The Cairns Amateurs encourages responsible service of alcohol.