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The biggest two day event in Cairns – Cairns Amateurs

Posted on July 22, 2014 by


The Melbourne Cup – Cairns style!

On the 12th and 13th of September 2014, the Cairns Amateurs takes place at the Cannon Park race course. Cairns Amateurs is a Melbourne Cup style event, featuring; fashion, glamour, food and entertainment mixed within two days of horse racing.

This is the number one excuse to put on your best pair of heels, get your hair styled and dress to impress! And, why not place a bet and be in it to win it while you are there.


The Cairns Amateurs began in 1959, designed to unite both city and country for a few days. The small assembly has now grown to become one of Australia’s leading horse racing carnivals and is the master of Cairns glamorous social events. 55 years on and the horse racing event is complimented with an array of activities, including immaculately dressed ladies and gentlemen competing to be awarded the ‘Fashion on the Field’. The event attracts tens of thousands of local and interstate visitors to dress up and be in it to win it, as to speak. This event takes Cairns fashion to a whole new level, with women dressed to impress and heels, dress’s, fascinators, and hairstyles being paraded every which way you look.

The social event will have you mingling with a variety of race day spectators, including serious horse racing bidders, the ‘in it to win it’ Fashion on the field participants and anyone looking to enjoy an interactive lively day at the races. With wine, beer and spirits, along with foods, and decorated seating arrangements, these races will have you on a ‘social-high’ all day long.

Cairns Amateurs

The occasion has a number of different areas that you can be part of including; trackside, the member’s area, the corporate tents and other marquees. There are a number of VIP sections that you can pre-arrange to be part of by contacting the Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Club.

Cairns Amateurs

Ladies day is on Friday the 12th during the day, followed by the famous Amateurs Ball Friday night, which is a serious fashion event with men in Black Tie and all ladies in full length gowns. On Saturday the 13th the Amateurs Cup Day is in full swing. Live bands, delicious meals and a lively fun filled environment takes place once a year at the Cannon Park race Course.

So, if you would like a great excuse to visit this beautiful piece of paradise, also known as Cairns and take part in this fantastic event, contact your friendly Cairns Holiday Specialists today or click here for awesome accommodation and Cairns Amateurs event packages. While you are here, why not visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Heritage-Listed Rainforest, Click Here.

Travel in style to the Amateurs with a scenic helicopter ride and abandon the hectic traffic, whilst taking in the spectacular views of Cairns and its surrounds, as well as the event and fly directly from the Cairns Marina in to the event. For more information on helicopter transfers click here

GBR Helis

For information on accommodation packages, helicopter flights and tours please contact the Cairns Holiday Specialists on (07) 4059 5959

Author: Madeleine – A Cairns Holiday Specialist

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