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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find information about SILK Laser Clinics Fashions on the Field?

Information can be found under the 2023 Darwin Cup Carnival tab on the website or on the DTC Facebook page HERE

Does DTC have reciprocal arrangements with other clubs?

Yes – Reciprocal clubs can be viewed HERE

Where can I buy a racebook?

Racebook are available from the ticket booth at Gate 2 and in some selected bars.

Can I buy General Admission tickets on the day?

Yes – General admission tickets can be purchased from the ticket booth at Gate 2 unless sold out.

How do I contact the Darwin Turf Club?

Contact information can be found HERE

What time do gates open?

On standard race days, gates open at 12:00 noon unless otherwise specified
On feature race days, gates open at 10.00am unless otherwise specified
On Great Northern Darwin Cup Day, gates open at 9.00am unless otherwise specified

How do I find the next race meet?

Upcoming events can be viewed HERE

How much is general admission to the racecourse?

Prices for standard race days year round are:

Adults: $7
Concession: $5
Children Under 12: Free

Feature race day and Carnival admission prices vary

Is there anywhere for the general public to have lunch at the races?

Yes, lunch is served from the Kiosk and a tapas menu in Ted Bailey Grandstand are also available on standard race days. Luncheon packages will be advertised for feature and premium race days, please contact the Administration Office for more information or to book your table on 08 8923 4222.

I have lost my membership badge – what should I do?

As membership badges are numbered and have a unique barcode, the original badge will be invalid once the new badge is printed. A replacement fee of $20 per card applies. Please note that membership cards can be replaced during the Darwin Cup Carnival for a $100 replacement fee per card. Alternatively, members can organise a replacement card after the Darwin Cup Carnival for the standard $20 per card replacement fee. Stolen membership cards can be replaced free of charge if the request is accompanied by a police report number. Direct all enquiries regarding replacement membership badges (08) 8923 4222 or email .

Can I purchase “members” tickets if I am not a member?

Non-members can purchase access passes to the Ted Bailey Grandstand on all standard and feature race days. On bet365 Palmerston Sprint Day and Great Northern Darwin Cup Day non-members can also purchase Members’ Lawn tickets which grant them access to the Members’ Lawn and Pearl Bar areas.

Access to the Sid Parker Stand (Members’ Clubhouse) is restricted to Darwin Turf Club members only.

Members from interstate racing clubs with reciprocal privileges also have the option to purchase the above at discounted prices. Please contact the Darwin Turf Club Administration Office to make arrangements prior to race day. Maximum of 2 access passes per interstate full member permitted. Alternatively, please call (08) 8923 4222 or email membership@darwinturfclub.org.au for enquiries.

Racehorse Owners Passes

Darwin Turf Club rewards owners by offering the following on the day their horse is racing:

  • Free gate entry to the course
  • One voucher per owner per horse is provided for a complimentary drink to be redeemed at any bar on course
  • On premium, feature and Darwin Cup Carnival race days we also provide owners with a wrist band that allows access to the Ted Bailey Grandstand balcony to watch their race and access to the owner’s area within the mounting enclosure for the race their horse has just competed in.

Please note the following in regards to redeeming these rewards:

  • Owner’s passes may only be collected in person and not on behalf of other owners (please bring ID with you)
  • A maximum of 20 wristbands and drink vouchers are available for each horse racing on the day and will be distributed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis
  • Passes must be collected from the ticket booth at Gate 2

Mobile Phones

No person shall transmit from the grounds of the racecourse any betting odds being offered by bookmakers on any horse that is competing at a racecourse in Australia or elsewhere. While betting is taking place on the grounds of the racecourse, mobile phones are not permitted to be turned on;

  • In the mounting yard
  • In the scales area
  • In any other area designated by Stewards

No person shall have in his possession or use a mobile phone in the area of the jockey’s room

Where is lost property?

Lost property is kept for 3 months at Reception in the Administration Office of the Darwin Turf Club. All enquiries regarding lost property should be directed to (08) 8923 4222 or email 


Three smoking areas have been designated:

  1. The lawns (2 metres from racetrack fence)
  2. The TAB Pavilion balcony

Smoking is not permitted on the second level between the Sid Parker Members Club House and Ted Bailey Grandstand, or on L1 or L2 of the Public Grandstand. Smoking outside of the above areas is not permitted.


The ATM on course is located in the Ground Floor foyer of the Public Stand. During the Darwin Cup Carnival, several other ATM locations will be made available.

Can I bring my children to the races and what are the restrictions?

The races are a fantastic day out for the whole family. Children under 12 years are welcome at all standard race meetings and receive complimentary admission. Please note that the Darwin Turf Club is a licensed venue. All minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult (parent or guardian) at all times whilst in the venue. Children over 12 must dress to the members’ standard within the members’ area and will be required to pay adult prices if partaking in any advertised luncheons during feature race days and the Darwin Cup Carnival. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to approach any beverage or gambling outlets.

Do I need to pre-purchase my general admission tickets?

It is recommended to pre-purchase however general racecourse admission tickets for each race meeting are available at the racecourse entrance points (unless sold out). During the Darwin Cup Carnival and other feature race days throughout the year, tickets can be purchased online via the Darwin Turf Club website. Look for the link on the home page in relation to the feature race day you want to attend.

Can I reserve outdoor tables and chairs?

The outdoor tables and chairs are freely available to all general admission guests on a first-come, first-served basis. They are not able to be reserved. During the Darwin Cup Carnival, additional shaded areas with tables and chairs are available on the same basis.

Can I bring food and/or drinks in to the racecourse?

As the Darwin Turf Club is fully licensed, alcohol is not permitted to be brought into the venue. There are ample facilities provided to purchase alcoholic drinks and the Club practices the responsible service of alcohol.

Welcome patrons to bring their own chairs, picnic lunch and sealed soft drinks / water. For health and safety reasons, please be aware that you are not permitted to bring open beverages, any glass containers or bottles, metal or sharp cutlery, BBQs, picnic tables and beach/market umbrellas.

Plastic or wooden containers and cutlery are acceptable.

The Darwin Turf Club provides limited outdoor tables, chairs and umbrellas in general admission areas on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What do I wear?

Click here to visit our What To Wear page.