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Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th August 2016

The Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival

The annual Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival is an iconic event on North Queensland’s sporting and social calendar. While the showpiece of this three-day Festival is the Mackay Airport Beach Race Day attended by more than 3,000 locals and visitors to the region, the Festival also features a legendary Cocktail Party, Charity Golf Challenge, Calcutta Night and more. 

Named as one of the Top 10 Social Events in Queensland by the Sunday Mail, the Festival has also reached ‘hallmark’ event status with Tourism and Events Queensland, acknowledged for contributing to the social fabric and economic prosperity of the Mackay Region. 

This year’s Race Day will feature eight exciting horse races on one of Queensland’s most picturesque stretches of white sandy beaches. The spectacular backdrop of Pacific Ocean and Whitsunday Islands is a canvas that can’t be replicated at any racecourse in the world. 

The event is strategically designed to cater to both visitors and locals offering five very unique event experiences.These include the very reasonable and family friendly general admission area, the Blokesworld Beach Beer Garden, the exclusive Sand Bar right in the heart of the racing, and the premium Quarter Deck which is Mackay’s answer to The Bird Cage at Flemington. This year, the Race Day will also launch Mikeys Larrikin Bar as a fitting tribute to Mick Pope, the man with the vision who founded this ‘event like no other’. 

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