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Everything you need to know about the 2024 Broome Cup

Everything you need to know about the 2024 Broome Cup

When it comes to the social calendar, the Broome Cup is the event that everyone is waiting for. A major attraction for trainers and horses, it’s the star of Broome’s winter racing season, and a popular event for both locals and out-of-town guests alike that draws punters from all over the state and the country. 

A day at the Broome Cup is a day to remember. There’s plenty to do, from watching the races, to on-course activities that extend through the afternoon and on into the evening. The perfect warm, balmy weather of the Kimberley dry season makes for a magical night.

Broome Cup is a chance for trainers to win up to $100,000 across the 2200m distance, and is open to horses aged three years and older, run under handicap conditions.

Where is the Broome Cup held?

The Broome Cup is held every year at the Broome Turf Club, which has been around in an official capacity since 1894. Anecdotal evidence suggests that there was horse racing held in Broome prior to this date. 

The track on which the Broome Cup is held wasn’t always at its current location, though. The original site was closer to town, next to where the airport is today. But in the 1940s the new location was identified as the preferred spot, with the current track carved into bushland at Gantheaume Point. 

It’s a literal stone’s throw from the sparkling blue Indian Ocean on both sides, and within walking distance of the world-famous Gantheaume Point. And given its prominent location, it gets cooled by breezes directed from the ocean—a welcome change as the action heats up on the track.

Recently voted as one of the top 10 Stunning Australian Race Tracks, when you see it, you’ll understand why.

The Broome Turf Club is fiercely proud of its enviable location. In fact, there have been multiple attempts to have the land resumed for tourism developments, but the Club resisted each time.

What date is the 2024 Broome Cup?

The 2024 Broome Cup is scheduled to run on 24 August 2024. 

Compared to previous years, the date has been pushed back a week, a decision that was made to provide visitors with more chances to plan their trip. It also allows jockeys to avoid clashes with race meetings in other regions.

However, the date can be subject to change, so be sure to check back in with the Broome Turf Club closer to the time to confirm the date

How to purchase tickets

For ticket information, contact the Broome Turf Club directly.

How to get to the 2024 Broome Cup

Getting to the 2024 Broome Cup is easy, with on-site parking available for members and the general public.

But it’s a busy day, so this can fill up early. Alternatively, the Broome Explorer Bus makes a stop specifically for Race Day, and there are free shuttle bus services to and from Chinatown and Cable Beach

And of course, if you’re planning on having a drink, take the sensible option and book a taxi or TaTa Ride car.

What else is there to do at the Broome Cup?

While the Broome Cup’s main focus is the racing, the day is fun for the whole family. 

Doors open at 11am, with free entertainment for the kids, and a variety of local food vendors offering an array of dishes with the classic Broome multicultural flavour.

Large public and member bars provide ample space to grab a drink as you enjoy the atmosphere, and those looking for a flutter can head to the two-up and gambling tables. Or go directly to the on-course bookmakers to take up odds on your favourite horse.

Where to stay during the Broome Cup

When you come to Broome for the 2024 Broome Cup, stay at a hotel that’s central to everything. One that’s close to the main town area, close to the popular tourist spots—and close to the racecourse.

Planning to attend the 2024 Broome Cup? Book your room at The Mangrove Hotel and take advantage of our Racing-specific packages. Our team will ensure you’re race-day ready and can recommend local attractions. Plus, don’t miss the Broome Cup Calcutta, a thrilling event held on the eve of the race featuring the auctioning of horses—a highlight drawing a large, enthusiastic crowd.