The Cairns Racecourse is located at Canon Park in Queensland. It was in 1911 when the racecourse first opened its track to the public when the Canon Group donated land where the Cairns racecourse was to be built.
The Cairns track is shaped like a triangle with sweeping turns and all races are run in a clockwise direction. The starting points of the track are 800m, 1000m, 1200m, 1500m, 1700m and at 2100m. The track circumference is 1800m with 320m for the home straight. There have been recent improvements to the Cairns Race course which includes a track extension to 1800m, a construction of a horse swimming pool, the completion of a swab stall that is fully air-conditioned. The stewards towers were given an upgrade and an improved semaphore and photo finish systems were als installed.
The race course is under the management of the Cairns Jockey Club. It holds 12 racing days every year. One of the most prestigious races is the Cairns Cup that gets the attention of about 10,000 punters. This day also holds a Ladies Day competition. Every September the Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Club also hosts the Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival which attracts punters from all around the region of Queensland. This said carnival is held for four days and is considered as one of the most awaited Spring Racing in the country.
Other racing events are the Celebrations Cairns Cup, Cazalys Newmarket and the Cairns Post Lightning. Then there is also the IGA day which is held in May every year.
Fashion style of the spectators is also a major focus. So ladies not only dress simply but they do dress to impress.