The Wheatbelt region contributes $57.6million to the Western Australian economy each year. With 135 race meetings held each year within the Wheatbelt, the region attracts more than 70,000 racegoers who spend in excess of $2.69million as a result of attending the races on items such as accommodation, retail, hospitality and other tourist activities.
Within the Wheatbelt is the Avon Valley, which is home to the Northam, York and Toodyay Race Clubs.
Racing since 1863, the Northam Race Club is Western Australia’s premier winter provincial racecourse hosting an average of 23 race meetings per year. Racing at the Northam Race Club run from April to November, with the Northam Cup being held in October.
Situated within the rolling hills in the beautiful Avon Valley and only an hour’s drive from the Perth metropolitan area, is also the York and Toodyay racecourses. The York Racing Club is the oldest Provincial Race Club in Australia, with thoroughbreds and their riders gracing the turf in York since 1833, and the first official race meeting being conducted in 1843. Now hosting approximately six race meetings each year, the York Racing Club provides quality family-fun entertainment.
The Toodyay Race Club, which was founded in 1865, is host to the iconic Toodyay Picnic Race Day, which attracts visitors from near and far to take part in a truly unique racing experience.