Queensland’s expert of turf and field named Amateurs Patron

Queensland’s expert of turf and field named Amateurs Patron

Wednesday 18 May 2022. An enduring passion for horse racing and a journalism career spanning half a century has awarded Bart Sinclair OAM the honorary role of Patron for Cairns Amateurs Carnival.

In the role of Patron, Mr Sinclair will lend credibility and support to Far North Queensland’s peak social and sporting event celebrating its 64th anniversary in 2022.

In accepting the honour tendered by Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Carnival (Cairns Amateurs) committee President, David Goodman, Mr Sinclair said he looks forward to continuing the legacy of his predecessor, former Queensland treasurer, Keith De Lacy OAM, who died last year.

“We are delighted to announce Bart as Patron. He is a class act and his involvement to horse racing in Queensland, particularly in regional communities is a stunning reflection of what Cairns Amateurs represents,” Mr Goodman said.

Mr Sinclair has many fond memories of attending the Cairns Amateurs over many years and believes he has only missed one event since starting work as a sports reporter for The Australian newspaper in 1971 after which he spent 43 years as Turf Editor for The Courier Mail and Sunday Mail.

Reflecting on his time in Cairns and the Cairns Amateurs in particular, he says many people know him for compering the presentations after each race.

“Always fun when you are wearing a suit in the sun,” Mr Sinclair said.

According to Bart it was the event’s founding father, Sir Sydney Williams OAM, who introduced him to Cairns Amateurs and had him coming back year after year.

“While I would always be there to cover the racing I had various responsibilities, including emcee duties at the Tulloch Club lunch, a firm tradition that happens every Thursday before the two-day carnival. It would be my job to interview a racing person and when it comes to sporting events, this one is as good as it gets.

“Sir Syd’s energy and passion for Cairns and Far North Queensland put Cairns Amateurs on the map and he should be remembered. The Amateurs always been fantastic, is great for the region and will be especially so in this post-COVID period,” he said.

Mr Sinclair’s love of track and turf was inured from a young boy, growing up just minutes from the Eagle Farm racetrack in Brisbane where his dad was a horse trainer.

“As a kid I spent a lot of time around the stables and have always been a sports nerd,” he said.

From horse racing to football and cricket, when it comes to the high level of respect Mr Sinclair’s contribution to Queensland sport has demanded, his list of life memberships says much. Crossing the sporting divide from track to field, he is currently a life member of Brisbane Racing Club, Mayne AFL Football Club, and the Brisbane Ekka (RNA).

The 64th Cairns Amateurs Carnival will take place Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 September 2022.

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.