Also referred to as the Callaghan Park Racecourse, the Rockhampton racecourse is based in the Queensland town of Rockhampton under the administration of Rockhampton Jockey Club. The Rockhampton club history dates back to 1868 and has developed one of the finest and largest provincial tracks in the state.
A total of 45 race events take place each year at the Callaghan Park Racecourse. The famous XXXX Gold Winter Racing Carnival is held every June at the Rockhampton racecourse. The biggest race event of the track's Winter Carnival is the Rockhampton Cup. The Rockhampton Cup was held for the first time on June 17, 1918 and was won by a horse called the Roland. The winner was offered a prize of $500. As the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup Carnival take place in Victoria, the Rockhampton racecourse runs several parallel Spring Carnival race meets.
Recently, the Rockhampton Racecourse renovated its course proper, which now boasts a total circumference of 1957 metres and one of the longest final straights in Australia (600m). The Turf Track has a 25m width suitable for a maximum field size or 16 racers for a true positioned rail. The track has 10 starting positions ranging from 970m to 2400m. The most commonly used distances at the turf track include: 1050m, 1100m, 1200m, 1400m, 1600m and 1800m. Following its $6.5 million renovation in 2010, the Callaghan Park Racecourse has became one of the finest in Australia.
On top of racing, the Rockhampton Racecourse offers facilities for recreation, reception, convention and conferences etc.