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Nestled in the heart of Southern Queensland Country, Somerset is just a one-hour drive from Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast.

With the weather warming up and first-class racing venues in Kilcoy and Esk, tis’ the season to be racing in Somerset. Straighten up your ties and secure your fascinators, because Somerset is delivering the best in Queensland country racing this Spring. Experience authentic country racing at its finest, complete with fashions on the field and a garland of fun and festive country race traditions.

Make the most of your stay, take a country drive and discover the beauty of the season in the quaint towns and villages of Somerset. Along the way, meander through markets, uncover artisan treasures and farm fresh flavours. Spring into Somerset this season and experience a bouquet of outdoor events, art, entertainment and of course, premier country races. With race events in Esk and Kilcoy, the Somerset Spring racing season is bound to get your heart racing!

1. Esk Country Races ~ Saturday, 11 November 2023

Boxing Day of 1874 marked the first ever country horse races in Esk, Queensland. More than a century later, the Esk Country Races live on as a time-honoured Somerset tradition. Watch as history comes alive at the Esk Jockey Club and be a part of the action on Saturday, 11 November 2023. Don your fascinators for a fun-filled day with fashions on the field and thoroughbred racing at its finest in Esk. You haven’t experienced country racing, until you’ve been to the Esk Country Races. Grab your tickets here before they race out the door!

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2. Kilcoy Country Races ~ Christmas Cup ~ Saturday, 25 November 2023

Christmas has come early at the Kilcoy Country Races and we’re not complaining! Join us for a fun and festive day out at the races at the Kilcoy Race Club on Saturday, 25 November 2023. You’ll be in for a Yuletide treat of fashions on the field, mini trots, pick the card, raffles, members draw and a partridge in a pear tree. Gallop, don’t trot and grab your tickets here before they jingle all-away!

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3. Hot Tips for your Somerset Spring Races Getaway

Why not make the most of your country race day with a little Somerset Spring Staycation? Stay in style in a safari tent or cozy up in a country cottage along Australia’s longest recreational rail trail, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. Uncover markets, cafes, unique experiences, galleries, and a Spring posy of art, entertainment and events. Click here to unearth the treasures of Spring in Somerset.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Southern Queensland Country Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waterways that run through these regions. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.