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Frequently Asked Questions

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

What time do gates open?

On standard race days, gates open one hour prior to the first race unless otherwise specified
On feature race days, gates open at 10.00am unless otherwise specified
On Bridge Toyota Ladies Day, gates open at 9.00am unless otherwise specified
On Carlton Mid Darwin Cup Day, gates open at 9.00am unless otherwise specified

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

Yes, lunch is served in Ted’s Bar Wednesday – Saturday. Kiosk facilities 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 members’ areas on all standard and feature race days excluding Darwin Cup Weekend. Members’ Club House Passes are an additional $35 (plus gate admission charges) and Ted Bailey Grandstand Passes are an additional $25 (plus gate admission charges). Members from interstate racing clubs with reciprocal privileges may have access to member areas. 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 for enquiries.

Racehorse Owners Passes

All owners of racehorses are granted free entry to the racecourse on the day their horse is racing. Free passes can be collected from DTC Administration Office after mid-day 2 business days prior to the scheduled race meeting. On feature race days, owners will be granted access to the Ted Bailey Grandstand for a reasonable time before, during and after their horse race. The time permitted does not allow for viewing of any other local races from the Ted Bailey Grandstand.

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

How do I get to the Darwin Turf Club?

Click here to visit our Transport page.

I have lost my tickets – what should I do?

Tickets collected prior to the race day are the responsibility of the purchaser and cannot be replaced. Premium Dining Package card holders will be charged $25 per card replacement.

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. Outside Ted’s Bar
  2. The lawns (2 metres from racetrack fence)
  3. The Schweppes Pavilion balcony

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


The ATM on course is located in Ted’s Bar. 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-book my general admission tickets?

It is recommended to pre-book however general racecourse admission tickets for each race meeting are available at the racecourse entrance points . 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.

We 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, BBQ’s, picnic tables and beach/market umbrellas. 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.