Racegoers attending the 2017 Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival are encouraged to get into the ‘picnic
spirit’ with a rug and a basket of goodies, as the world’s largest picnic-style race meet comes together
for another year.
Held over the Easter long weekend on Saturday, April 15, and Monday, April, 17 – the popular annual
event will also boost tourist numbers as an expected 60,000 visitors flock to the picturesque Adelaide
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Oakbank Racing Club Chairman Barney Gask said the Club was committed to creating the best event for
racegoers and working with South Australian businesses to ensure the community continues to benefit
from the carnival.
“Oakbank, rich in culture and history, has been part of the Adelaide Hills community for almost 150
years and we’re extremely proud to offer a world-renowned event and one of the most popular race
meets on Australia’s racing calendar,” he said.
A key point of difference that makes Oakbank so unique is the picnic-style race meet where racegoers
can relax on the grass within the track and soak up the atmosphere while enjoying quality racing. “There promises to be something for everyone, with a combination of jumps and flat racing on track while glamorous fashion and premium food and wine are enjoyed off-track,” Mr Gask said. Oakbank has several hospitality packages starting from $120 along with two new free food and drink precincts available to all patrons who want to leave the picnic basket at home.
‘The Back Paddock’ is a new stylish ‘sparkling tent’ where racegoers can experience elements of modern
luxury within a picnic setting while enjoying premium food and bubbles from local wineries Sidewood
Estate, Goldings and Somerled.
A second addition to the line-up is the charming Pimm’s Garden Party with a range of food and drink
options in a high energy, carnival atmosphere and an array of SA food vendors bearing their goods
including Daisy Burger, Sookii La La, Moorish Bites and the Fat Fork.
In a first for the popular Easter carnival is the addition of live horseback interviews with the winners of
all races on Saturday 15 April. Former jockey Cheree Buchiw will be conducting the post-race interviews
which will aired throughout the racecourse and stadium.
Children can also take part in the famous Melba’s Giant Easter Egg Hunt where a whopping 10,000
Melba’s Easter Eggs will be hunted down over the two days. A long list of other activities will also be on
offer for the young ones at the popular KidsZone, while stylish racegoers can compete for the Fashion at
The Races Oakbank title on Saturday.
Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival
Date: Saturday, April 15 and Monday, April 17
Cost: General admission $25
Membership: Memberships start at $110 and Day Memberships are $40
Packages: Starting from $120 a person
Fashion: Fashion at The Races Oakbank Final (Saturday)
Saturday: Gates open 7am, first race 11:58am
Monday: Gates open 7am, first race 11:35am
Transport: For information on booking transport to Oakbank, please click here