Australia Day Races & Jim Velich Memorial

Celebrate Australia Day & Jim Velich Memorial with friends and family at the Newcastle Races. The Velich family will be on hand to raise funds for the charity Careflight in honour of Jim. Please donate generously to support CareFlight’s mission to save lives, speed recovery and serve the community by providing the highest standard of rapid response critical care.

Choose from dining in Chevals Restaurant, or relaxing out on the manicured lawns with a picnic. We have something to suit everyone.


Gates open: 12.30pm

First race 2.14pm

Last race 5.59pm

CHEVALS RESTAURANT - $89.00 pp non-members or $79.00pp members

Chevals Restaurant is the flagship venue of Newcastle Racecourse.  With panoramic views of the winning post and home straight of Newcastle Racecourse, and featuring tote facilities, Chevals Restaurant is the venue of choice for an exceptional race day experience.

Your reservation in Chevals Restaurant includes;

  • Racecourse entry with admission to the Members' enclosure, 
  • A three course chefs selection inclusive buffet lunch
  • Reserved table for the day with views over the Parade Ring and Finish Line
  • One racebook per two people. 

BOOKINGS - please call our Events Team on 4961 1573.


Enjoy a relaxed day at the races at the Mark Murphy Lounge, Newcastle Racecourse's hidden gem!

Offering exceptional panoramic views of the track and winning post, air conditioning and with full bar and betting facilities, the Mark Murphy Lounge is the perfect venue for your social catch-up with friends.

Your ticket includes General Entry to the racecourse and a reserved seat in the mark Murphy Lounge

BOOKINGS - please call our Events Team on 4961 1573.

GENERAL ENTRY – FREE if you pre-register

Your general entry ticket gives you access to all of our Public Bars and trackside lawn areas. Bring a picnic with you or pre-purchase from our selection of platters. There will be live music out on the Ascot Lawn until the last race.


To pre-register for your Free entry please click here.

All other bookings including Chevals Restaurant, Members Lounge and Mark Murphy Lounge please call our Events Team on 4961 1573.

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