Rockhampton Jockey Club

Racing began in Rockhampton in 1868,  just 13 years after our thriving city was founded.

The Rockhampton Jockey Club (RJC) has the proud honour of being Rockhampton’s oldest sporting club.

Callaghan Park racecourse was named in March 1912, after its oldest member of the Committee at the time, Dr William Callaghan, and the RJC ran its first race meeting at the new track in April of the same year.

The Rockhampton track is regarded as the hub of racing in Central Queensland, providing training and stabling facilities for horses competing locally and at most of the surrounding region’s racetracks, including those tracks to the immediate north, south, and west. Rockhampton Jockey conducts over 37 race meetings annually, making it one of Queensland’s largest provincial thoroughbred Race Clubs and the largest Club outside of the South-East of our state.

Race Track

Callaghan Park has a 2200m race track circumference with a straight of 600m giving every horse a chance.


Callaghan Park has on-course stabling for 160 horses, four horse walkers, two training tracks, a horse treadmill, and a horse pool.

The Rockhampton Cup

The Rockhampton Cup is a time-honoured race run in July and is the feature race held at Callaghan Park since 1918, and is raced during the popular Rockhampton Jockey Club Winter Racing Carnival. With prize money of $150,000 the Rockhampton Cup is a hotly contested race by local and visiting horses.

Callaghan Park is perfect for a fantastic day out with outstanding racing, top catering, great facilities, and friendly service.

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