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Australia Day Races at Hanging Rock

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
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The longstanding tradition of Australia Day Races at Hanging Rock will continue again this year with a 7-race program including the bet365 Hanging Rock Cup to be staged on Friday 26th January.

Victoria Melbourne Hanging Rock Woodend Country Racing Horse Racing Australia Day Escape The City Family Day Out
Thoroughbred racing in the shadows of the famous Hanging Rock is a long-standing Australia Day tradition.


Gates at the fabulous Hanging Rock Reserve will open at 11 am for another great day of country racing at this iconic location.
On-course entertainment will include free kids activities and live music. There'll be a big screen, punters club and plenty of food stalls.

$5 will buy you a return ticket on a shuttle bus service running between Woodend Station and the track.

Check out the website www.country.racing.com/hanging-rock for a shuttle bus timetable and also www.vline.com.au for details of train services between Melbourne (Southern Cross) and Woodend on the Bendigo line.

NOTE: No BYO alcohol, animals or shade structures are permitted.

Victoria Melbourne Hanging Rock Woodend Country Racing Horse Racing Australia Day Escape The City Family Day Out
Relax on a picnic rug enjoying a a light lunch and a couple of drinks while enjoying a thrilling 7-race card this Australia Day.


Early Bird General Admission tickets, booked and pre-paid on-line cost $20. General Admission tickets purchased on the day cost $25 or Concession (Aged, Senior & disability) $15.

Special packages include:

All-inclusive Trackside Marquee

Follow all the Race Day excitement in true style, whilst entertaining clients and friends from your exclusive themed marquee. This package includes:

Admission & race books
Trackside location
Fully furnished marquee including tables, chairs, linen
cloths
Private outdoor seating with market umbrella and picket
fencing
Gourmet Buffet including:
Chefs tasting platters served on arrival at 12.00pm followed
by a Buffet served at 2.00pm and afternoon treats served at
3.00pm.
Beverage package including beer, red & white wines, sparkling brut, soft drink & water. Includes personalised bar service from 12noon until 10 minutes after the last race.

Note: Minimum of 20 guests.

UPGRADE OPTION: Live TV broadcast can be included within your marquee at an additional cost of $165. Please contact the club on 5422 1866 should you wish to book this option.

Mini Marquee Package

Come and enjoy the benefits of your own marquee located in the middle of all the action. Includes great views of the track, with tote and beverage outlets located nearby.

The package is based on 10 people and includes:

3x3m mini marquee
Trestle table and linen cloth
10 chairs

Note: Mini Marquee price does not include course admission.
Up to 15 guests per marquee.

Multiple Mini Marquees may be purchased for larger groups than 16 or more. Mini Marquees are joined together and the middle wall removed, creating one large marquee for anything up to 100 people. You need to work on 10 to 15 people per mini marquee.

Mini Marquee Upgrade options:

Beverage: Inclusive beverage package including beer, wines & sparkling brut plus soft drink (served from centralised bar).

Can ONLY be purchased for inclusion in a Mini Marquee & Hill Top Enclosure. A beverage package must be purchased for all persons within a Mini Marquee or Hill Top Enclosure. For example, if booking a group of 10, then 10 beverage packages must be purchased.

Mixed platters prepared by Glen Erin. Enjoy a selection of homemade dips, Chef's Tasting platters and gourmet wraps, followed by mini desserts and cheeses.

Can ONLY be purchased for inclusion in a Mini Marquee or Hill Top Enclosure. A tasting package must be purchased for all persons within a Mini Marquee or Hill Top Enclosure. For example, if booking a group of 10, then 10 tasting packages must be purchased.

Hilltop Package

Situated on the public lawn overlooking the main straight and set amid all the action. This package (based on 10 guests) includes:

Fenced Hill Top Enclosure
Large Market umbrella
Table and 10 chairs
10 enclosure passes
Private bar

Note: The Hilltop Package price does not include admission.
An additional garden table and 5 chairs can be purchased for $50 per enclosure.

Hill Top Package Upgrade options:

Beverage: Inclusive beverage package including beer, wines & sparkling brut plus soft drink (served from centralised bar).

Can ONLY be purchased for inclusion in a Mini Marquee & Hill Top Enclosure. A beverage package must be purchased for all persons within a Mini Marquee or Hill Top Enclosure. A beverage package must be purchased for all persons within a Mini Marquee or Hill Top Enclosure. For example if booking a group of 10, then 10 beverage packages must be purchased.

Mixed platters prepared by Glen Erin. Enjoy a selection of homemade dips, Chef's Tasting platters, gourmet wraps, followed by mini desserts and cheeses.

Can ONLY be purchased for inclusion in a Mini Marquee or Hill Top Enclosure). A tasting package must be purchased for all persons within a Mini Marquee or Hill Top Enclosure. For example if booking a group of 10, then 10 tasting packages must be purchased.

Victoria Melbourne Hanging Rock Woodend Country Racing Horse Racing Australia Day Escape The City Family Day Out
Hanging Rock is one of Victoria's great 'get away' destinations, in the heart of the magnificent Macedon Ranges.


Getting There

Hanging Rock racecourse is approximately 70 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, about a 1-hour drive via the Calder Freeway to Woodend. Alternatively, take the Tullamarine Freeway to Sunbury then Romsey and Woodend.

Victoria Melbourne Hanging Rock Woodend Country Racing Horse Racing Australia Day Escape The City Family Day Out
Giddy-up ...... I'll see you at he Hanging Rock Australia Day Races on Friday 26th January from 11 AM.




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Why? Enjoy a longstanding Australia Day tradition at Hanging Rock, one of Victorian racings iconic events.
When: Australia Day, Friday 26th January
Phone: Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Where: Hanging Rock, 160 South Rock Road, Woodend
Cost: Early Bird General Admission tickets, booked and pre-paid on-line cost $20. General Admission tickets purchased on the day cost $25, Concession (Aged, Seniors & Disabled) $15. See the article for package deals.
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