Pindan and Pearls
The Broome Races are just as lively today as they were when they started over 100 years ago. The club and track is carved out of bush land at picturesque Gantheaume Point, just a stone’s throw from the magnificent white sands of Cable Beach.
So unique is the location that the Broome Turf Club has been rated by punters.com.au in their top 10 stunning racetracks you have to see before you die. As the sun sets the earth glows orange and Broome offers one of its many unique landscape experiences.
A stroll along the beach early in the morning during race season can catch training sessions for some of the magnificent thoroughbreds which migrate to Broome for the racing season. Each year, the prize money grows and each year breeders, trainers, punters, bookies and enthusiastic race goers travel to the most remote town on the Australian continent to attend these spectacular country race meets.
Broome is a long way from anywhere, but its races welcome politicians, models and movie stars to enjoy the ambience and the excitement of racing in one of Australia’s most exotic venues.
Local ladies (and blokes) use the opportunity to dress up (or sometimes down) and alongside akubras, designer sunnies and racing couture the luminescent locally harvested South Sea pearls are always the most visible gems on display.
International visitors mingle with Broome’s multicultural locals and the party continues into the evening with the legendary two-up ring always entertaining, and dancing to live music.
Broome’s racing season commences in June and finishes in August. In 2019 there will be nine race days, with three of the biggest race meets in August.
Memberships are available via the Broome Turf Club website at www.broometurfclub.com.au and it’s worth securing tickets to Ladies’ Day early in the season.