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Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival 2016

08-10 Sep

Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival 2016

The 2016 Cairns Amateurs Carnival is three days of fun, fashion, food, racing, parties and a variety of entertainment on offer over the 8th, 9th & 10th September. The main event takes place at Cannon Park Racecourse and is now complimented by a range of different social events at different venues around the city.

First held in 1959, the event started as a way of bringing the city and country together with amateur jockeys travelling from miles around to compete for the purse of £1260 (roughly $20,000). It wasn’t long until the rest of Australia got word of the ‘little racing carnival’ in the north and by the 1980s people were flocking from Australia and abroad to attend the event. This continues to the present day when many visitors use the carnival as an excuse for a holiday to tropical Cairns.

The Cairns Amateurs is the premier social event in Cairns with something for everyone - don't miss the action and excitement of the races or the fun and glamour of the parties! 

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Don't Forget! For the best deals on tours and accommodation book your stay through Cairns Holiday Specialists.

8th September

Cairns Central Ladies Fashion High Tea @ Cannon Park Race Course 9:30am

Reef Hotel Casino Presidents Welcome Cocktail Party @ Reef Hotel Casino 6pm

9th September & 10th September
Mounting Yard Meet & Greet @ Cannon Park Race Course 10am $100 pp

Vodka Cruiser Lawn Party @ Cannon Park Race Course $70 pp

Ireland Jeep Garden Party @ Cannon Park Race Course $170 pp

Yellowglen House @ Cannon Park Race Course $260 pp

Cairns Amateurs Birdcage @ Cannon Park Race Course $300 pp

Behind the Scenes Tour @ Cannon Park Race Course $100 pp

Cairns Amateurs Ball @ Shed 2, Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal 6:30pm $260 pp

Carlton 1500 Club 10th September @ Cannon Park Race Course $260 pp


General Admission: Adults $30 *Pre purchase online $25

Purchase Tickets :  Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival

Cairns Accommodation

If you want to make the most out of the day’s events, why not stay overnight or two in one of Cairns hotels or resorts?  We have a large range of hotels, apartments and tropical resorts to choose from.  The Carnival races are held at Cannon Park Racecourse which is only 10 minutes from the CBD.


It’s a busy few days in the city, so it is highly recommended that you pre-book your transport to and from the Cannon Park racecourse, to avoid waiting and very long queues post events!

If you are dressed in style why not travel in style? We can pre book your limousine, stretch Hummer or Helicopter.   The most amazing way to arrive at the racecourse would have to be by air!  Leaving from the heli pad at the Cairns Esplanade, glide above the city and mountains with great views out to the Great Barrier Reef, it will make your fun day even more special!  Ask us to secure your booking today!

Car Hire

If you have nominated a responsible person to not partake in alcoholic beverages on the race day then it would be advisable to hire a rental car as it is very time consuming waiting for public transport when 20,000 people are all leaving the racecourse at around the same time. Click here to view all of the major car rental firms for the most competitive car hire rates. 

Pre-post Activities Cairns Amateurs

Whist enjoying the excitement and fun of the Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival, why not take a private charter boat out to the Great Barrier Reef and also visit the Daintree and Cape Tribulation Rainforests?

Browse our range of all the things to see and things to do whilst in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland you can book on line or you can talk to our team they can co-ordinate all transfers and arrangements for you and your group.

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11-12 Sep
Racing Cannon Park - Cairns Amateurs 2015

Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival 2015

Every year in early September, Cairns social calendar lights up with glamour, entertainment, fashion and food! A 57 year institution, the Cairns Amateurs draws visitors from all over the country to join in the party atmosphere and sporting excitement. Whether you are a racing enthusiast or fashionista there is a great event to suit everyone!

12-13 Sep
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Cairns Amateurs Horse Racing Carnival 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time to dust off those top hats and fascinators and get frocked up! Cairns’ biggest horse racing carnival the Amateurs is on in only 15 weeks and if you haven’t already booked your premium tickets and accommodation, you had better get cracking or you just may miss out!

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Cairns Amateurs

Cairns Amateurs

For four days in early September, the entire city of Cairns stops to celebrate the Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival. The event began in 1959 as a small race meet, over the years it grew so steadily that today it is known as one of Australia's premier fun racing events. With race goers flocking to Cairns for the event from southern states and nearby towns, Cairns population swells by a few thousand over the fun filled weekend.

Cairns Hot Air Balloon Scenic Flight

You will need to wake up early for this one but it well worth it! This tour will take you over the beautiful Atherton Tablelands.


Cairns Charter Boat | Day/Overnight Charter | Snorkel - Fishing | MOA

There is no better way to see the Great Barrier Reef than on your own private charter boat.


Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour | Helicopter Package | Half Day/Full Day

See the Great Barrier Reef from above and below, enjoy a helicopter flight to the reef and cruise back on the Cairns newest boat.


Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour | Sand Cay Experience | Michaelmas Cay

Enjoy a relaxing day visiting a tropical sand cay Michaelmas Cay - also a bird sanctuary.


Cairns Fishing & Snorkeling Full Day Private Charter Boat

You and a small group of friends can enjoy a full day reef fishing on your own private boat.


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