Queanbeyan Brief History

Queanbeyan is a town of 28,000. It has a proud history beginning its life in the early 1800s as pastoral settlement.

"Quinbean" was the aboriginal word for clear waters.

Match races between horses in the district were held from the 1850's. The first documentation of an official race meeting at Queanbeyan was recorded in The Golden Age Local newspaper in 1860.

The local countryside is very undulating and it proved difficult to find a site for a racecourse. However, in 1885, land was reserved to the north of the town by the New South Wales (NSW) State government and set aside for the sport of thoroughbred racing.

Racing in the early 1900s was very much a bush affair and was not always regular.

However, following World War II, the Club developed rapidly, assisted by the wealth of regional agriculture and population growth in Canberra - Australia's newly established Capital City.

Canberra is only a few minutes from the racecourse, across the (NSW), Australian Capital Territory (ACT) borders. Queanbeyan truly is "Country Racing In The City".


Queanbeyan Track Details

Queanbeyan Racecourse has a track circumference of 1811 metres and a home straight being 350 metres long. The course has 3 shutes, at the 1000 metres, 1200 metres and the 1460 metres mark.

Queanbeyan Racecourse is a circular track with a noticeable rise in the straight from 200 metres to the winning post.

Queanbeyan Racecourse has starts from the 900m, 1000m, 1200m, 1460m, 1600m and 2000m. Inside barriers play an important role at all starts.



Barriers located on the course proper. Horses have a straight run of approximately 300m before a sharp turn leading into the home straight. Wide barriers can be a disadvantage.


Barriers located in a chute off the course proper. Work was carried out in 2002 during the extension of the 1100m chute. Horses have a straight run of approximately 400m before entering a sharp turn into the home straight. Generally horses drawn wide are at a some disadvantage.


Barriers located in a chute off the course proper. There is a straight run of approximately 200m before horses enter a gentle turn into a long 300m back straight. Inside barriers are preferred as horses drawn out wide don't have much of an opportunity to get cover.


Barriers located in a small chute just off the course proper. Almost straight after jumping horses are on a gentle turn which runs onto a sharper turn after approximately 250m. Wide barriers are a big disadvantage.


Barriers located on the course proper. Horses from this starting point don't have any straight run for about 700m. They are continually turning for almost half the race. Inside barriers are a big advantage.


Barriers located in the home straight. Horses have a straight run of about 300m after jumping then face a tight turn. Inside barriers are an advantage because after entering the first turn, the next 600m approximately is all turning.



QRacing Membership

Membership applications can be emailed to office@qracing.com.au with payment details attached. Payment over the phone, in person at the office or by mail also accepted.


Single membership $35.00

Entry to all of our race meetings
Couple membership $66.00
Husband and wife, brothers, sisters, workmates
Family membership $66.00
Husband and wife, under 21smembership renewal 2023-24
Pensioners membership $22.00
Entry to all of our race meetings
Corporate Membership $550
Entry to all of our race meetings valued at $3900
(up to 50 individual admission tickets to each race meeting)
Includes: business card advert in each of our race books
Chance to win naming rights to 2023 Queanbeyan Cup

Your Membership will be due on 1 August 2023

membership renewal 2023-24

membership payment page 2023-24



52 Mccrae Street Queanbeyan 2620

Phone: (02) 61990269
Fax: (02) 61701215
Email: office@qracing.com.au



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