Go-karting tracks in Melbourne are few and far between, and often of an unsatisfactorily tiny scale. Some are outside leaving you to brave the elements, others suffer from being cramped into buildings that were never meant to have go-karts race around them. Luckily for those of us in the South-Eastern suburbs, there is a local go-karting track that is both generously sized and under a roof.
Located in the semi-industrial area of Moorabbin, GoKart Sport Racing occupies over five thousand square metres. They boast that they have the longest track and highest ceilings of any go-karting track in Melbourne. As can be seen from the picture below, the track has plenty of bends and sharp turns, so it is a fun challenge for go-kart enthusiasts but perhaps not the best option for lead-footed beginners. But don't worry, they place a huge emphasis on safety, with supervising staff stationed around the track and all those in a kart fitted out in suits and helmets.
A diagram of the go-kart track at GoKart Sport Racing.
A day of zipping around GoKart Sport Racing doesn't come cheap. There is the initial cost of a membership, with the option of a one-day membership or a one-year membership. If you are a casual go-karter, the one-day membership costs $10 and includes helmet and suit hire. If you anticipate many trips to GoKart Sport Racing, the $50 yearly membership covers the basics and gives you the option to have your lap times recorded so your progress can be monitored over time. After the membership cost is the expense of go-kart hire. You can choose to complete 15 laps at $30, 20 laps at $40, 30 laps at $55 or 40 laps at $70. It doesn't work out much cheaper per lap if you choose to do many, so it's best to start out with 15 or 20 laps if you're a beginner and not sure how long you can maintain your enthusiasm for.
Other entertainment options are available in the centre, which has a pool table and video gaming machines. There is also a cafe, Cafe GO, onsite. As well as providing refreshing snacks, they are also licensed and serve wine, spirits and beer. Only treat yourself to an alcoholic beverage after rather than before maneuvering a go-kart around their bendy track, as they enforce a 'Don't Drink and Kart' policy.
The building that GoKart Sport Racing is housed in has quite an interesting history, being an aircraft hangar in its previous life. Before it was moved to Moorabbin, it was located in the Northern Territory and stored aircraft belonging to the Allies during World War II. Just before the turn of the millennium, it was put to its current use of enclosing the go-karting track.