Off & Racing at Sunshine Coast Turf Club

Image source: Contributed

Race day is all about fashion, food and the fillies and, as Carlie Wacker discovers, Noosa will get its chance to shine at one of the world’s leading racetracks, Sunshine Coast Turf Club. 

The excitement in the air is palpable; all eyes are on the track as the magnificent partnership between human and horse is on show and ready to go! 

“And they’re off and racing!” comes the familiar cry as tickets, hats, fascinators and a steadying drink is clutched as people cheer for their favourite horse, whether they have taken a punt or not, it’s all for fun.

The thundering hooves match the racing hearts and cries of delight or despair as the winner crosses the finish line. Race over, the attention returns to the fashionable crowd, delicious food and divine drinks that are all as equally a part of the trackside experience as the race.

In surroundings such as this everyone is a winner and the excitement and electricity of race day cannot be denied – it’s a sensory immersion into the age-old tradition of horse racing. 

The Sunshine Coast Turf Club (SCTC) at Corbould Park, Caloundra offers an even more dynamic experience when you understand how highly the club is regarded in the world of horse racing.

With three different tracks including an all-weather Poly Track, SCTC runs more races than any other track in the world, hosting upward of 65 annual race meetings. The world-class facilities also include four training tracks, pool and oncourse stable and it is one of only six thoroughbred gallop venues in Australia that race under lights – in fact, it’s the largest in the Southern hemisphere with night racing on three tracks. 

Its outstanding facilities and reputation attracts the elite level of horses and provides the punters with the chance to frock up and rock up for some seriously stylish events, including fundraising festivities that enable local charities to achieve big wins too. 

We all know the Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation so when SCTC announced Noosa Cup Day, we threw our hats in the ring to be part of the fun.

There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of the Spring Racing Carnival and we are super excited that Noosa Cup Day will be part of the action as a must-do showstopping soirées that capture the hearts of punters, socialites, fashionistas and foodies. 

 It’s a chance for the community to come together to celebrate all things Noosa with the excitement and glamour of a Race Day – and a convenient return bus for responsible frivolities. 

Finding your perfect position is half the fun, and there’s something for everyone Where Racing Reigns Supreme. From the heights of the Eastern Lawn to the peak of Atrium Dining, the choices are boundless. You can join the ultimate party in The Establishment; cheer home your best bets and rejoice in the newly refurbished Parade Ring Terrace; ponder your places whilst punting in paradise with your crew in the TAB Greenhouse; host a private deluxe celebration in The Glasshouse; join as a Member where is doesn’t get any better; or spend the day your way with live entertainment in GA (General Admission). 

For the ultimate experience, our money is on the Champagne Garden which offers an elegant long lunch al fresco – it’s coastal chic with a premier position trackside – and a portion of ticket sales and donation of ultimate experiences will go to supporting founding charity partner Altitude Scholarships (formerly known as Noosa Chances).

Situated next to the mounting yard where the horses parade before the race and the victors are celebrated post-race, the Champagne Garden is also right on the finish line so you can feel the earth move as the horses thunder past! 

With its own bar and kitchen, much-loved Noosa celebrity chef Josh Smallwood will be the guest chef on the day! Revered for his time at Ricky’s River Bar & Restaurant and earning a strong foodie fan base for his delicious Noosa Cartel range of ready-made meals, you can expect local flavours to shine!

There are limited opportunities for premium packages that also include race naming rights so giddy up and get ready to suit up, dress up and live it up at the Noosa Cup Day at Sunshine Coast Turf Club, 15 October 2023. 


Don’t miss these upcoming events!

Trackside La Dolce Vita, 6 August

A long lunch as part of The Curated Plate.

Sunshine Coast Pink Ribbon Raceday, 17 September

Raising funds to fight Breast Cancer

Noosa Cup Day, 15 October

Celebrating coastal chic with a local flavour

Melbourne Cup Day, 7 November

Local luxe for the race that stops the nation

Mooloolaba Cup Day, 18 November

The surf meets the turf for a raceday with style

Visit: for information on membership, packages and to book tickets.

About the Author /

Carlie Wacker has worked in the media entertainment industry for over 20 years. From television to stage and radio she has been lucky enough to work her way around the whole country. Over the last 10 years she has styled and choreographed innovative fashion parades and talent shows and brings her love for fashion and entertainment as our Fashion Editor and Editor for Hello Sunshine Magazine. She is also an MC, voice-over artist and radio announcer.

Post a Comment