Canterbury Racecourse hosts horse racing races and stakes all year round. It has been a host venue for Sydney horse racing since it began. Canterbury Racecourse is where the Sydney Turf Club is actually based.

Luckily for the people that like horse racing events but do not have a car the course is opposite the train station so it is easy to reach via public transport. Canterbury Racecourse is only 11 km from the heart of Sydney itself.

Canterbury is a small, tight track which has a circumference of 1,567 metres and a short straight of 308 metres which suits horses who can lead or race on the pace. Circumference: 1,567 metres Straight: 308 metres Direction: Clockwise

Canterbury Racecourse is the most popular horse racing in New South Wales in the terms of the number of spectators that attend the mid week races. These race meetings can be held later than most, even during the winter as the course has lights for such night racing. Currently the Canterbury Racecourse is the only one in New South Wales that has its own floodlights, which is why it is the only one that host night races.

The track is regarded by many as Australia’s best racing surface.

Canterbury Park is close to Canterbury Railway Station, on a number of major bus routes and offers free onsite parking.

The racing stands are among the smallest you will find in any horse racing course, so spectators are really close to the runners and the riders. Regular spectators cite the closeness to the races as one of the main reasons for going to race meetings there. The bends of the course itself are bigger than most other racing tracks so aiming to be the front runner from the off is one of the most successful racing strategies for winning at Canterbury.

Canterbury Race Track Contact Details

Sydney Turf Club Postal – Po Box 21 Canterbury NSW 2193 Street – Canterbury Park Racecourse, King Street Canterbury NSW 2193

Ph: (02) 9930 4000

Getting There

By Train

The nearest train station is Canterbury Station, on the Bankstown line. It is then a 5 minute walk to Canterbury Park Racecourse.
Plan your journey with the CityRail Timetable.

By Bus

You can catch a free shuttle bus from Everton Road / Strathfield Station, which will take you straight to the track on race days.

By Car

Canterbury Park Racecourse is on King Street in Canterbury, 15 minutes south of Sydney’s CBD. There is plenty of free parking available.

Canterbury Racecourse


1000m – The start is on course proper and the inside barriers have a bit of an advantage on the 300m straight before the long sweeping final turn onto the home straight.

1100m – Similar to 1000m races, inside barriers lose just a slight amount of their advantage with the extra 100m on the dash to the final turn

1200m – Now the racing begins in a chute off the back straight and the opening straight is now 500m.
Barriers don’t mean much here.

1290m – These races are the same as the 1200m races, simply with an extra 100m in the opening dash.

1550m – Action now moves around to a chute which leads into the first turn. The chute is located just after the winning post and gives runners approximately 250m to jostle for position before the turn. This gives inside barriers an advantage.

1900m – This distance see runners commence from the top of the straight just after the final turn. It’s 300m down the straight into the first turn and sees inside barriers start with an advantage.

2800m – Barriers are in the same chute as the 1200m races and give runners a good 550m before settling into the first turn for the remainder of the long race. Inside barriers don’t have much of an advantage.