The Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival exudes history with the traditional ‘picnic’ inspired event attracting thousands of South Australians and interstate racegoers for the past 145 years – it is a must-do on everyone’s racing bucket list.
Held over the Easter long weekend on Saturday, March 31, and Monday, April 2 – the popular annual event will also boost tourist numbers as tens of thousands of visitors flock to the picturesque Adelaide Hills.
Oakbank Racing Club Chairman Barney Gask said the Club was committed to creating the best event for racegoers with the newly revitalised Easter Saturday program including the Great Eastern Steeplechase for the first time in almost a century, moved from Monday to the Saturday, along with feature races such as the Oakbank Cup, the Classic Hurdle and the Oakbank Stakes.
“We wanted to really focus on reinvigorating the ‘Super Saturday’ race day, and we’re all very excited to see how the new changes are embraced by eventgoers and racing purists,” Mr Gask said.
“Oakbank, rich in culture and history, has been part of the Adelaide Hills community for almost 150 years and we’re extremely proud to offer a world-renowned event and one of the most popular race meets on Australia’s racing calendar.”
The Oakbank Racing Carnival offers a truly unique experience where eventgoers can set up their picnic spot for the day and relax on the grass from within the track.
Children can take part in the annual Melba’s Giant Easter Egg Hunt where an enormous 10,000 Melba’s Easter Eggs will be hidden, hunted and collected over the two days. The young ones will also be entertained at the popular KidsZone with free pony rides, arts, crafts and plenty more.
Glamourous fashion and premium food and wine will also be enjoyed off the track, along with a free beauty bar on Easter Saturday for the fillies to touch up hair and makeup as the day goes on.
Oakbank has several hospitality packages starting from $95pp which includes the traditional – and very popular – Back Paddock precinct offering punters a 5-hour beverage package, food voucher, Racebook and the chance to meet AFL legend Tony Modra. Tony will also be out and about on Easter Monday in the family area where fans will have the chance to say hello and get a selfie.
The newest hospitality addition, already proving a success with early ticket sales, is The Fallen Log Terrace which provides a birds-eye-view of the winning post along with a delicious picnic hamper and private undercover seating and tables.
Tickets for The Fallen Log Terrace start from $120pp.
Stylish ladies and gents can also enter the annual Oakbank Fashion at the Races competition on Saturday, March 31, which will be hosted by Channel 7’s Andrea Nicholas.
The Oakbank leg of the state-wide style search promises to attract style-savvy ladies and gents in chic autumn inspired outfits. This year’s best dressed racegoer will not only win a $500 Burnside Village Voucher, a Tatiana Light voucher and $1000 cash, they’ll also secure themselves a place in the Fashion at The Races state final for the chance to win an incredible $5000 shopping spree at BNKR.
Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival
Date: Saturday, March 31 and Monday, April 2
Cost: General admission $30 Saturday and $15 Monday
Membership: Memberships start at $110
Packages: Starting from $95 per person
Fashion: Fashion at The Races Oakbank Final (Saturday). Registrations from 12, final from approx. 2.30pm.
Saturday: Gates open 7am, first race 12:30am
Monday: Gates open 7am, first race 1:00pm