May Racing Carnival
The TAB Warrnambool May Racing Carnival is the one of the best racing carnivals in Australia – and the only one that is held over three consecutive days.
Experience the famous three-day May Racing Carnival at The ‘Bool
The TAB Warrnambool May Racing Carnival is regarded as one of the best racing carnivals in Australia – and one of only a few that is held over three consecutive days. With National and International trainers and jockey’s converging to the coastal country track, the ‘Bool is the crown jewel in the Australian Jumps Racing Crown with over 20,000 racing enthusiasts travelling to Warrnambool over the three day carnival.
The 3 day event attracts around 35,000 patrons from local, national and international markets.
Warrnambool May Racing Carnival
Event: 03 5562-2211 | Venue: (03) 5562 2211
A Day on The Hill
Each year on Easter Sunday Flagstaff Hill’s Day on the Hill is a once in a year opportunity to enjoy the spectacular spirit of Warrnambool. On April 8th from 10am to 5pm, come and enjoy live music, delicious food, great children’s activities, food stage presentations, competitions and more. Hosted in the grounds of the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village the atmosphere comes alive amid the recreated village of Warrnambool’s past. Children will delight in the special activities such as the below.
- Coastcare penguin egg hunt (the biggest on the Great Ocean Road)
- Live music
- Face painting
- Petting zoo
- Giant games including guess who and connect four
- Kids craft activities
- Cannon firing
- Lolly shop
- Tearooms & Steam Packet Inn
- Local Food and Beverage Vendors
Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic
On the Saturday -The annual Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic is on again! The first race was held in 1895 and is the second oldest bike race in the world! Normally raced over a distance of 300kms this year the Melbourne to Warrnambool will be over 265kms.
The “Warrnambool” as it is fondly known as will also have a new starting point at the Werribee Racecourse in the City of Wyndham and will finish at the traditional Raglan Parade finish line in Warrnambool. So be sure to get down there to cheer those fantastic athletes across the finish line!
On the Sunday – The new and improved Shipwreck Coast Classic (formally the Shipwreck Coast Recreational Ride) is back! The Shipwreck Coast Classic will now be run over 116.7kms (Men) and 99.7kms (women) starting in Warrnambool and finishing at the Cheeseworld complex Allansford.
Warrnambool Wunta Fiesta
The Southwest Credit Wunta Fiesta held annually (dates pending each year) is one of Warrnambool’s major festivals that provides a celebration of music, food and fun for people of all ages.
This community event is held over three days and incorporates a range of activities suitable for the whole family showcasing the best that Warrnambool has to offer. Activities are held at the Civic Green, the Botanic Gardens and Lake Pertobe.
Major activities held include:
Friday Night on Liebig
Jazz in the Gardens
Movies Under the Stars
Day at the Lake
For full event details, visit www.facebook.com/wuntafiesta
SOUTH WEST CONVEYANCING GRAND ANNUAL SPRINTCAR CLASSIC, JAN 27, 28 & 2, 2023
After hosting the Australian Sprintcar Championship in 1972, Premier Speedway made the decision to host an annual two-day Sprintcar meeting. To be held in late January, the event was destined for a unique place in Speedway history. The name of the event, derived from the Grand Annual Steeplechase, was to be the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic. There were over 40 entries for the first ever Classic, all fighting for $2,500 in prize money.
This first event was won by Ian “Zeke” Agars from Adelaide, South Australia, driving a straight-six Holden powered Super Modified to victory in the 40-lap final. Sydney racer, ten-time Australian Champion Garry Rush, holds the record for the event, having claimed seven victories. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s Rush enjoyed a fierce rivalry with American driver Danny Smith, who also won the Classic six times during roughly the same period.
Because of its mid-summer date, prior to the North American Sprintcar season getting underway and the caliber of the event, drivers from the United States are increasingly making the journey to Warrnambool to compete against the locals in our grand event. American drivers have won 17 of the 44 Classics contested since 1973. The home state of Victoria had to wait until the 20th running of the event to have a home town winner with Warrnambool’s own Max Dumesny winning in 1992, a second home-grown winner claimed victory in 2016 when Jamie Veal bested a field of 124 to claim the $30,000.00 pay day, while James McFadden and Corey McCullagh also followed suit in 2017 and 2018 respectively before Robbie Farr claimed the 2019 Classic.
McFadden then claimed his second Classic win, giving car owner Luch Monte a seventh Classic Crown in 2020. The Classic is now regarded as the largest Sprintcar race in Australia, with competitor numbers regularly above the 100 mark and capacity crowds attending. The 2020 Classic will see a prize purse in-excess of $220,000.00 on offer over the three nights of competition.
Port Fairy Folk Festival
The festival is held in early March each year over the Labour Day long weekend on the beautiful south-west coast of Victoria in the historic sea-side village of Port Fairy.
WHAT …? Australia’s “world famous” independent music festival presents major international and national folk, trad and roots music artists during a four day festival of folk, country, celtic, blues, jazz, bluegrass, traditions, contemporary, singers, songwriters, acoustic rock and world roots music.
There are also sessions, choirs, theme concerts, workshops, classes and theatre. The festival magically transforms the fishing village in a spirit of cultural celebration. This includes parades, fairs, markets, busking, children’s events and street theatre in a Free Festival of the Streets alongside five main concerts in the ticketed Arena.
Apart from wonderful concerts there are many special festival highlights and events. These include the Festival of The Streets, Festival Craft Fair, Markets and Food Festival, The Instrument Makers Exhibition, Buskers, Theatre, Sessions, Singalongs, Special Awards, Street Performances, The Poet’s Breakfasts and much more.
The Festival Arena is the main venue along with many others including churches, halls, street stages, parks, markets, pubs and clubs. The Festival Arena contains five Main Stages, the Children’s Folk Circus, The Wine Bar, Guinness Club, Lighthouse Cafe, Workshop Stages, The Pavilion, Food Festival, Market and Craft Stalls.
HOW LONG…? The festival starts late Friday afternoon when a free Street Stage starts, followed by stages in The Arena opening after 5pm on Friday Some 20 venues run all weekend:
- Friday 5.00pm until 1.00am
- Saturday 10.00am until 1.00am (Gates open 8.30am and close at 1.30am)
- Sunday 10.00am until 1.00am (Gates open 8.300am and close at 1.30am)
- Monday 10.00am until 1.00pm (Gates open 8.30am and close at 2.00pm)
WHO…? The festival presents major international and national folk artists in a festival of music, music, music – folk, country, blues, jazz, bluegrass, acoustic rock and world roots
WHY NOT…? Stay a day, stay a week! Over four days we present a feast of exciting culture with great concerts, stories, markets, camping, dancing, singing, meeting old friends and making new ones
HOW…? The Port Fairy Folk Festival is organised and presented by the Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee Incorporated. The festival is presented with the assistance and hospitality of residents, businesses, the shire, many local community clubs and organisations and especially a large team of volunteers, the Friends of the Festival.
Visit the official website for further information: www.portfairyfolkfestival.com//