The Gold Coast Racecourse is strategically located just two kilometres from Surfers Paradise and is the heart of one of the Australia's greatest tourist destinations. The Gold Coast Racecourse is the busiest in Australia, hosting race events during weekends as well as mid-week meets throughout the year.
The Gold Coast Turf Club has operated the Gold Coast Racecourse which was established over fifty years ago. The Gold Coast has had sufficient time to develop and grow its facilities into a versatile racing venue that accommodates some of the most thrilling events taking place in South East Queensland.
The Gold Coast has hosted race meets since the 1890's. Over the years, occasional race meets would take place in the old cane paddocks of Bundall, near the present day Gold Coast Turf Club. On the 17th of March 1946, the South Port and District Amateur Race Club was formed to oversee racing at the Club's present headquarters. The then track had a sand surface.
January 1971 is the point in time when the Gold Coast Racecourse began hosting race meets every Saturday. The same year in August, the Club launched the Newmarket-Gold Coast Cup three day Carnival, this time around on a quality grass track. The race offered $2000 in prize money and was sponsored by Carlton and United Breweries.
Later, in 1974, the Gold Coast Racecourse introduced the $30000 Prime Minister's Cup, carrying the highest value for a provincial race. By the year 2002, the Prime Minister's Cup had grown into a stand-alone Saturday race meeting.
The Gold Coast Racecourse continued to grow in popularity and in 2006 it hosted a record crowd of 7500 spectators attending the Carlton Draught Prime Minister's Cup. The race meet came with a record $1.16 million in prize pool for the race day. The track has a circumference of 1885m and a final straight that's 400m long. The Gold Coast is an even track with sweeping turns that suit inside barriers as well as front runners.
The Gold Coast Racecourse is home to the Magic Millions Carnival held in January every other year, the Prime Minister's Cup and the A D Hollindale Stakes both of which take place in early May. The track hosts around 60 race meetings annually.
In addition to racing facilities, the Gold Coast Racecourse features entertainment and recreation spots such as restaurants, bistros, bars, cafes etc.