Planning a Day at the Country Races

Victoria is home to one of the world’s biggest horse racing events, and because of this the smaller regional carnivals are often overshadowed and overlooked. But with over six months left until the Spring Racing Carnival rolls around again, now is the perfect opportunity to get a group of friends together and explore Victoria’s colourful country horseracing scene. In this article we give you a run down of how to plan a day out at the country races.

Choosing your event

There are dozens of country racing clubs dotted all over Victoria and a plethora of events to choose from. Whether you choose to go to nigh racing in Pakenham or watch a day of Sunday racing during the Echuca cup, you’re guaranteed a fun day packed full of regional flavour and thrilling professional racing.

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Dress code

Country racing events tend to be a lot less formal than the Spring Carnival events, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up if you want to. Depending on the event, the day, and of course the weather, you’ll find everything from families in jeans and jumpers through to ladies in florals and fascinators. Your best bet is to dress neatly, simply, and warmly as the events tend to be long days and it can become very cold on the regional racecourses during the Autumn and Winter months.

What to bring

At the Spring Racing Carnival, you shoulder jostle with hundreds of other people just to see the big race, but attending a day at the country races gives you the chance to spread out a tartan rug trackside, and enjoy a front row experience. Packing a picnic and drinks is a time honoured tradition for those heading out to one of the regional racetracks, so make sure you fill your basket with plenty of sandwiches, snacks, and drinks. Once you’ve decided on the races you’ll be attending, why not fill your hamper with local wines, cheeses, and other regional goodies?

Schedule a laid back day at the races with a group of friends with Melbourne on the Move. We offer bus hire from Melbourne  for both small and large groups. To enquire about booking with us please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 1300 55 86 86 or sending an email to