Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout Australia and the resulting restrictions imposed by the Federal and State governments, Great Western Racecourse has been temporarily closed until further notice. We will keep you up to date any developments and please stay safe.
The Great Western Racecourse is located in one of the most scenic locations in the state, the spectacular Grampians region. This stunning location is the perfect blend of natural scenery and country racing to bring you the finest holiday experience in Victoria.
Great Western Racecourse – Reserve Map & Address, Grampians Victoria
The racecourse offers an array of excellent facilities for participants and visitors. Nestled on a beautiful landscape, the Great Western Racecourse offers a relaxing venue in which each spectator can view this world-class race. So make sure you browse through the list of horses and place a bet on one of your favourites!
Great Western Racecourse is sprawled on an expansive 70-hectare reserve that affords excellent views and provides ample space for camping. Visitors can choose from a powered or unpowered site, with the unpowered sites being free of charge.
The racecourse is easily accessible, and the huge turnout is testament to the popularity of the races. Located 220 kilometres from Melbourne, the journey takes about two and a half hours by car on the Western Highway. For those looking for public transport, you can catch a V-Line Train to Ararat and then connect via bus to Stawell which passes through Great Western.
On race days, gates typically open at 11am with the first race at 1pm. Check local guides to confirm. There is no dress code for general admission to the racecourse, shorts and t-shirts are welcome! You are permitted to bring your own picnic into the races (no glass), however BYO alcohol is not permitted. There is a licenced bar on site. Personal BBQ’s are also not permitted to be used at the racecourse.