Darwin races are held at Fannie Bay Racecourse, which is unique compared to the traditional turf tracks we see around Australia. The Fannie Bay racetrack is an oil mixed sandtrack that is located just 7 minutes from the Darwin CBD.

There are no Group races in Darwin but the club does host the Darwin Cup Carnival, which culminates in the running of the Darwin Cup. The carnival itself has over $1.6million in prizemoney up for grabs.

The Darwin Racing Carnival runs for 8 weeks from the beginning of July with the Darwin Cup winner getting $150,000. A crowd of almost 20,000 get along to Fannie Bay Racecourse on Darwin Cup day.

Fannie Bay Racecourse Details

State: Northern Territory
Circumference: 1780 Meters
Direction: anti-clockwise
Straight: 340 Metres

The Darwin Racecourse has a track circumference of 1780 metres with a final straight of 340 metres.

Major Fannie Bay Races

• Darwin Cup

Fannie Bay Racecourse Map


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Address: Dick Ward Dr, Fannie Bay, NT 0801, Australia
Telephone: (08) 8923 4222

Getting to Fannie Bay Races

Getting to the Darwin Racecourse on Darwin Cup day is easy for anyone making the trip to the Top End of Australia. The Darwin Airport is just 10 minutes from the racetrack and a shuttle service is in operation to get you to the track. For those who have decided to spend a few days in Darwin, you can take the free bus service form the city centre on Cup day or catch a cab for the short trip to the racetrack. The regular buses service runs throughout the year if your trip doesn’t coincide with the Darwin Cup meeting.