The Townsville Racecourse is one of the finest tracks in Queensland, located on Racecourse Road in the Townsville suburb of Cluden. The Townsville Turf Club, which was established in 1874, operates the racing track. The Townsville Racecourse hosted its first meeting for three days from August 15-17, 1866. The first race event included the Town Plate, which covered three miles, running under weight-for-age conditions. Inspired by success of the first race meeting, the Townsville Racecourse became a popular racing entertainment hub for the local community. Townsville's founder became the tracks inaugural president. Originally, the track was referred to as Cluden Racecourse but changed names as the then town of Townsville developed.
The Townsville Racecourse commands the media attention of both TAB and SKY, who cover most of the race meetings taking place at the track throughout the year. The Townsville Cup, which was launched in 1884, is the biggest race contest at the Townsville Racecourse. The Townsville Cup day takes place every July and brings approximately 12,000 patrons to the Townsville Racecourse. In a single year, the track hosts over 30 racing meets.
The circumference of the Townsville Racecourse is 1,680 metres while its home straight is 310 metres long. The track has five starting positions starting at 1200m, 1400m, 1600m, 2000m and 2200m.
The Townsville Racecourse has additional facilities to support non-racing social and corporate events.