At virtually the sole expense of Townsville Turf Club committeeman AH Rourke, a track was marked out and cleared and a temporary stand was constructed at the Cluden site in 1881. A race meeting was organised and proved so successful that the TTC committee decided to relocate its headquarters to Cluden immediately. The first Townsville Cup was run at Cluden Park in 1884 and was won by Ellington owned by RF Kelly.
To this day, the Townsville Turf Club holds its place as one of Australia's major provincial race Clubs, with TAB and SKY Channel coverage nationwide on most race meetings. Boasting a great range of facilities and some of the most well maintained and beautified gardens and grounds in North Queensland. The facilities at Cluden Park are famous for their functions as well as feature expos and exhibitions.
If you want to experience first class racing or a fantastic private function give us a call to find out how to make your day or event special.
To ensure the safety and comfort of all guests visiting the Townsville Turf Club the following conditions of entry have been put in place.
Guests are not permitted to enter the venue with any of the following:
- Dangerous weapons including knives
Guests are welcome to bring in food for personal consumption such as chips, sandwiches, individual packs of processed cheese, dip spreads and biscuits, pieces of fruit and special individual dietary needs foods.
The Townsville Turf Club reserves the right to inspect all bags and eskies that are bought into or taken out of the course. Alcohol purchased at the Club is not permitted to be removed from the premises.
Large groups of unruly or intoxicated racegoers will not be permitted entry in to the course. The Townsville Turf Club has the right to refuse entry to persons at the Club’s discretion.
Smoking is only permitted in the outdoor designated smoking areas.
As the Townsville Turf Club is a fully licensed venue, under 18's are only permitted entry to the course if the minor is in the company of a responsible adult exercising parental supervision. Under 18's must remain in the company of this person at all times and must not purchase or consume alcohol.
Patrons may be photographed, filmed or recorded at the racecourse on behalf of the Townsville Turf Club and each patron acknowledges and agrees that the Townsville Turf Club may use any such image, film or recording in it sole discretion and without the need to account to or obtain any further consent from the patron.
Townsville Turf Club will not refund any monies if a race meeting is abandoned or cancelled by order of the Stewards before the races are held. Townsville Turf Club staff will issue a complimentary pass to be used within one month of issued date should this occur.
The information set out on this event page is correct as at the date of publication and may be subject to further change by Racing Queensland or the event promoter (if Racing Queensland is not the event promoter) in their absolute discretion. Please visit http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/ for the current race calendars. Please check race schedules for final times two days before, race numbers are not final.