The Kalgoorlie Cup

Join the fun at the Kalgoorlie Cup

The Kalgoorlie Cup is Kalgoorlie’s premier horse racing event, held during the Spring Carnival season that runs from late September to early October.

Held at the iconic Kalgoorlie Racecourse, a location with a 100+ year history (its first races were recorded as early as 1896), it’s the major event for WA’s regional horse racing community.

Trainers, racers, and punters flock from all over WA to watch the races.

The event also features food trucks, multiple bar venues, and numerous tote areas with TV screens to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. 

The Kalgoorlie Cup is a chance for trainers to win up to $150,000 in prize money over a 2,300m distance.

For the punters, it’s a chance to have a flutter on the horses and experience an iconic Kalgoorlie event.

Updated race dates can be found here.

Please note that this is an 18+ only event.

If you’re coming from out of town, book your stay at our central accommodation in Kalgoorlie.

The Kalgoorlie Cup

What to know before you go

  • The 2023 Kalgoorlie Cup is held on Saturday 7 October 2023. Be sure to check the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club dates page for more information.

  • As the Kalgoorlie Cup is a special event, with food, drinks, and entertainment, prices are higher than a regular non-race round.

    • General Admission – $50
    • Senior Admission – $25

    Be sure to bring cash or card for any drinks and food throughout the day, and more if you choose to take a punt.

  • The Kalgoorlie Cup is a strictly 18+ event, so no children under 18 are allowed.

  • It’s easy to get to Kalgoorlie Race Course on the big day. Just a four-minute drive down Hannan Street from The Plaza Hotel, with free public parking to be found inside the racecourse complex, and in restricted areas directly opposite.

    If you catch a cab, there’s a taxi rank just outside the racecourse on Meldrum Street, providing an easy option to make it back to the Hotel. But be warned, it can get busy after the races have finished.

    For those that don’t mind the walk, it’s just 2km away, making it a pleasant 30-minute stroll on a balmy October evening.

  • The Kalgoorlie Cup event itself is a one-day affair, but there are a few events leading up to it that create a buzzing lead up. 

    From the Cup Barrier Draw, to a special Heritage Tour that takes you all over the Goldfields to learn about the history of racing in the area, to the exclusive White Claw Marquee Party on the day, there’s plenty to explore if you have more time to spend in Kalgoorlie. 

    Find out more at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Racing Club website.