Neighbouring the Rockhampton Racecourse and the Townsville Racecourse, the Mackay Racecourse sits on the North Queensland capital at the outskirts, about 5 minutes drive from Rockhampton. The track, whose other name is Ooralea racecourse, is run by the Mackay turf club. The racecourse lies in a city that's a tourism hub with remarkable features of tourist interest such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays.
The Mackay Cup, valued at about $50,000, is the biggest racing event at the Mackay Racecourse in any single year. The meeting takes place in mid-July, after which the Townsville cup follows. The Mackay Racecourse hosts other meetings throughout the year such as the $15,000 North Queensland Derby which is run over 1800 metres, the H.L. Black Memorial Handicap that covers 1500 metres, the Lightning handicap (1500 metres) and the Mackay Newmarket Handicap that is run over 1250 meters.
The circumference of the Mackay Racecourse is 1600 metres while its home stretch is 310 metres. The 18 metre wide track that is circular in shape has four starting points: 1050m, 1250m, 1500m and 1800m. The Mackay Racecourse is an always turning track with some level of toughness away from the rails.
The Mackay Racecourse has the following facilities:
An undercover betting ring
Bars for both members and the public