The Gawler Race Course can be found at the edge of the blossoming Valley of the Barossa approximately 37 kilometres from the north of Adelaide. Its multi purpose Terrance Function Center is surrounded by dazzling and well groomed lawns with classy looking rose gardens.
The race course does have its very own railway station which makes it one of a kind. Punters, trainers and spectators from all around the local community can easily reach the race track with the help of the train. It is a great place to escape the busy lifestyle of the city.
There has been a major redevelopment undertaken at the track which includes the making of the new race track with an 1840m circumference and a 300m in length home straight. Before the reconstruction the home straight was just 200m. There are few curves and a long final turn that gives the inside barriers an advantage.
A new grass training track and sand track were constructed inside the course proper. The old grandstand was removed and a new purpose-built function center was built. This will cater to the race day patron and can be rented by the Gawler community during non race days for whatever purpose they desire to use it. The function centre is able to accommodate at least 350 people. Additionally new race day facilities were built for jockeys and race day officials to use.
The new and improved track was opened and the first race on the new track surface was conducted on July 14, 2010. It is under the management of the Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club. The club is known to conduct at least 14 mid week races throughout the year. There are also two Sunday events which includes the tracks most famous feature event, The Gawler Cup.