About GCTC

Racing on the Gold Coast dates back to the 1890’s when an occasional public meeting was run in the old cane paddocks of Bundall, not far from the present Gold Coast Turf Club.

Regular racing at its present headquarters began on 15 May 1946 when the club was known as the Southport and District Amateur Race Club (formed on 17 March 1946). Racing in those days was on a sand track.

In January 1971, the club began conducting races every Saturday. In August of that year the Club launched the Newmarket-Gold Coast Cup three-day carnival on a quality grass track. Back then the race was sponsored by Carlton and United Breweries and carried prizemoney of just $2,000.

In 1974, the Prime Minister’s Cup was launched, carrying Australia’s richest purse for a provincial race of $30,000 and in 2002, the Prime Minister’s Cup, then sponsored by Conrad Jupiters, became a stand-alone Saturday race meeting.

In 2006 a record crowd of over 7500 people witnessed the running of the Carlton Draught Prime Minister’s Cup which included a record prizepool for the raceday of $1.16million.

Hosting approximately 60 race meetings each season, the Gold Coast Turf Club is also home to several highly anticipated major events. The largest event is the Magic Millions Raceday held in January each year as part of the Magic Millions Carnival & Yearling Sale held over 10 days on the Gold Coast.

Other featured events include the prestigious Melbourne Cup Raceday, Prime Minister’s Cup Carnival, Easter Carnival, Gold Coast Stakes Raceday and Gold Coast City Cup Raceday.

The Gold Coast Turf Club has become one of the most sought after function venues on the Gold Coast. Both Raceday and non-raceday functions are held throughout the year in a number of unique venues including the Winners Circle, Dome, Paradise Room, Board Room, Corporate Suites and the all new Gold Coast Event Centre, our major feature events throughout the year are booked out months prior to the day!

Members and the public have the choice of over a dozen separate bars, restaurants, cafes and bistros.  Friendly faces, changing activities and events, a great ambience and the sensational 180 degree views in both members and public lounges will ensure the day’s experience becomes the best social outing you can have.

So… whether with your partner, family, friends, social or sporting club, make a date for a day at the track to soak up a truly exciting and glorious atmosphere.

We’re opening Skyline Restaurant for mid-week racing!

Yes! Come and book yourself into Skyline Restaurant this coming Wednesday February 24 and enjoy Mid-Week racing in style. Skyline delivers panoramic views of the Gold Coast racecourse and the Gold Coast skyline. With tables presented on tiered levels, you will enjoy first class dining with a VIP view of the track and mounting yard. Select the $150pp for Members or $175 for Non-Members to receive: Entry to the Members car park and Racecourse; Entry to Members Lounge Level 2; Reserved seating on tables of 2, 4, 6+; Racebook; Personal LCD monitor; 5-course set menu; Selected Premium Beverage Package from 11:30am – 5:30pm. Giddy up

Girls on Tour

Hey Ladies! Girls on Tour is back! Hosted by Gold FM 92.5’s Bianca Dye, it’s a must attend event for Gold Coast Ladies. Come and kick up your heels on Gold Coast Stakes Day and indulge in a Grand Seafood Buffet, 5-hour beverage package, LIVE music, raffles and more all while we raise funds for the Animal Welfare League. Raffle prizes include:

1 night’s accommodation in a new refurbished Executive Deluxe King Room
Champagne & strawberries on arrival
Executive Floor Privileges including valet parking, pre-dinner drinks & canapes
Breakfast for 2 in Cucina Vivo

1 night’s accommodation in a King Ocean View Room
Breakfast & Dinner for 2 in Bazaar

4 x General Admission tickets to A Day on the Green at Sirromet Winery on April 10, 2016
Featuring Chris Isaak and special guests James Reyne, Richard Clapton and Thirsty Merc.

18 Holes of Gold including a cart for 2 x adults at RACV Royal Pines Resort

An all new Jaguar XE for the weekend of your choice

A $500 Betting Account

…and so much more!

Tickets are $140pp. Purchase 10 tickets to secure your own table

Jupiters Easter Raceday

Come and celebrate Easter Saturday at the Gold Coast Turf Club! Yes, bring the whole family along to Jupiter’s Gold Coast Easter Raceday and treat the kids to some fun Easter Rides and activities.

There’ll be a Mad Hatter’s Easter Workshop; LIVE entertainment; Pony rides; Face Painters; Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go jumping castles and for the big kids, a 14 metre high rock climbing wall.

They can meet The Easter Bunny; Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter himself and YES there will be chocolate!

It all starts at 10.30am at the Fountain Lawn right here at the racetrack, so Mum & Dad can kick back and watch the races.