Picnic Racing has a long history in Victoria with racing dating back to the early eighteen hundreds. In recent times with strong support from the State Government, Country Racing Victoria and the Victorian Bookmakers Association picnic racing is thriving. The relaxed atmosphere of picnic racing is a major drawcard for patrons. Being able to drive into racecourses such as Balnarring, park under a tree and setup an esky and the barbie in bush surroundings provides an experience like no other form of racing.
Patrons are able to bring their own food and beverages onto the course and along with reasonable entry prices Picnic Racing offers great value. Raceclubs also offer full catering and bar facilities.
Regular picnic racing is now conducted at Healesville in the wine district east of Melbourne, Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula, Woolamai near Philip Island and at Yea and Alexandra in the fine weather north of the Great Dividing Range. A number of "once a year" picnic events are held at Mansfield, Merton, Dederang, Drouin, Buchan, Omeo, Tambo Valley and Pakenham to round out the racing circuit.
Learn more about Picnic Racing by viewing the following promotional video.