Constructed identical to the Randwick Racecourse, the Kembla Grange Racecourse is considered the Royal Randwick of the south. The racecourse is one of the best shaped tracks in Australia. With its 2200m circumference, a 420m straight and 25m in width, the track suits horses that run on.
It is located along the Princess Highway and is on the foothills of the Illawarra Escarpment about 95km from Sydney and 9km south of Wollongong. Conveniently bordering the south coast expressway the track can also be accessed via train. This makes the race course very accessible to all commuters. It is also one of the premier racecourses in New South Wales plus it is an amazing fully licensed Function Centre.
Different organisations used to manage the racecourse and the racing held at Kembla Grange until 1976. Now it is under the control of the Illawarra Turf Club. The first ever race meeting that was conducted by the current club was on December 18, 1976. 30 race days are conducted at this course every year, wherein 26 are on Saturdays and the 4 other races are held during the week.
Keith Nolan Classic for 3yo fillies is one of the major event race meetings that is being held in Kembla. This race is on 'Sensational Sunday' which is late in march.
In 1984 the club was given a full TAB service. It spent over $10 million to improve the course. This included the addition of new stables, construction of a new and modern grandstand and facilities that can hold various events and receptions. It is also an ideal place to hold non race events such as weddings, parties, corporate meetings and trade shows.