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Oakbank Races

Nestled in the picturesque’ Adelaide hills, The Oakbank racing club was established in 1876. The track is quite unique with its many uphill and downhill slopes throughout the circuit, and it’s known for being the largest picnic race meet anywhere in the world. Although only four race meets a year have been held in the last few seasons, numerous horses and trainers use the track daily for training purposes. The meetings each year consist of a Christmas Twilight meeting usually mid December, Another is a lead up day about a month in advance to the Easter Carnival.

The feature Oakbank races are held over a two day carnival that runs on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday Annually. With more that 100,000 people attending the feature two days of the Carnival. 

The Feature on the Carnival are some of the spectacular jumps racing on show Saturday hosts the “Von Doussa Hurdle” ($100,000) which is the prelude to Monday’s “Great Eastern Steeple Chase” with prize money of $160,000. The “Yalumba Hurdle” ($100,000) is another great race on the program, with the “Onkaparinga Cup” ($50,000), also the novelty of “Australia’s longest flat race the 3600m “Yalumba Handicap“. For many trainers the highlight is the “Oakbank Stakes” ($80,000) which is a listed sprint race.

A lot of people take the opportunity to stay for the entire weekend and camp, while most patrons flock to the infield of the track, which opens up for car parking with around 30,000-40,000 cars expected. Also many Packages are run through tourism companies with plenty of Buses heading up to the track for the racing festivities (Bus Parking is Available). Many of the punters get to the track early to enjoy a self cooked Barbecue and champagne breakfast before the racing kicks off. Full Tab facilities and numerous Bookmakers are situated all over the grounds of the track for those wanting a flutter. The infield is a hive of activity with numerous show rides, side shows and market stalls. The Day is wonderfully well catered with an abundance of cuisine options to suit all tastes and there is full Bar facilities provided. For return race-goers Membership at the club is available, with many enticing privileges.
There’s often a few different marquee options available for the Easter carnival, most of these will involve a dress code that will vary from one to another. Generally most people who attend get swept up in the racing fashion, ladies in dresses with hats/fascinators are in abundance, and the men in their suits of all styles. Although being a picnic meeting with a strong family day feel about it no formal dress code is actually required at the track.