Sydney’s racing scene comes alive during the Sydney Carnival, held from March 19-April 23th. At race courses throughout Sydney, the finest thoroughbreds battle it out on the field, while Sydneysiders and visitors come in their finest frocks for a day out with friends. If you’re in Sydney during this time, head to Randwick Racecourse to enjoy all the action – you might even win some money! Randwick racecourse is close to the city and the perfect way to get a taste of Sydney away from the tourist traps.
The Sydney Carnival consists of different carnivals and race days. If you would like to be part of Sydney’s biggest racing event, then get yourself along to Randwick Course on one of these days to celebrate the glamour, style and prestige of Sydney’s world-class racing carnival.
- David Jones Australian Derby Day, April 9th
The excitement begins on April 9th, the first race day of the Carnival to be held at Randwick Race Course. The 2011 Derby Day also marks 150 years of the AJC Derby at Royal Randwick. The star-studded Group 1 racing line-up isn’t the only thing to look forward to – Derby Day’s notorious Fashion on the Fields is sure to encourage Sydney’s fashionistas to dress in their finest! Fit in with the David Jones theme by wearing black and white.
- Emirates Doncaster Day, April 16th
The 2011 Doncaster Day boasts a premier racing line up and trackside entertainment. There will be a Punters Podium, a Punter’s Club and an interactive Fashion Spotting Competition. Don’t miss out on your chance to win a $50,000 bet on the Group 1 Emirates Doncaster Mile. A win could make one of the best days on the Sydney social calendar even better!
- Schweppes Sydney Cup, April 23rd
Held on Easter Saturday, the Sydney Cup is a great way to celebrate with friends during the Easter break. The Sydney Cup is the grand finale of the Sydney Carnival, so there’s much to look forward to. Huge prize money, high fashion and trackside entertainment add to the exhilarating atmosphere.
If you want to do something different while you’re visiting Sydney, or if you live in Sydney and are looking forward to enjoying one of its finest social events, then you won’t be disappointed by the 2011 Sydney Carnival. The races in Sydney are as much about the horses and races as they are about the fashion, friends and having a great day out! Randwick Racecourse is conveniently located to Sydney, so you won’t be far from your Paddington or Hyde Park hotel. On race days, there are also additional public transport services operating to get you there from your accommodation. Paddington, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst are all Sydney suburbs located close to the action.
*Ladies, remember to wear comfortable shoes or carry a pair of flats in your bag!