Affordable Housing and Community Hub Proposed for Eagle Farm Racecourse

Editor’s Note: The original story referred to the planned affordable housing and community hub as “proposed” in the headline and the body of the article; however, the first paragraph inadvertently misstated that “40 hectares of a 49-hectare site have been acquired.” The wording has been corrected below to “40 hectares of a 49-hectare site have been proposed to be acquired.” We would like to express our thanks to the Brisbane Racing Club for pointing out the error and would also like to extend our apologies for any inconvenience or confusion caused by the same.

Forty hectares of a 49-hectare site have been proposed to be acquired by BCC to transform the Eagle Farm racecourse into a new, sustainable community hub and build 4,000 publicly-owned rent-capped apartments alongside new parklands, native forests, and schools.


Read: Public Views on Eagle Farm Affordable Housing Plan Sought


The proposal comes amid a deepening housing affordability crisis in Brisbane that has seen rents surge over 20 percent in the past year.

Racecourse vision (Photo credit: www.jonathansri.com

The Greens have long held that Council should work with State and Federal governments and local First Nations groups to ultimately restore land ownership to a non-profit First Nations-controlled community organisation. Also, they said that any renewal of Eagle Farm racecourse should prioritise benefits for the broader Brisbane community, rather than principally enriching racing insiders and developers.

The Plan

According to the Greens, a new medium-density walkable neighbourhood could provide: 

  • 10 hectares of five-storey mixed-use buildings spread around the site, with ground-floor shops, offices and services. This would create 4000 publicly-owned rent-capped homes for 10 000 residents, plus 75,000m2 of publicly owned ground floor services and commercial tenancies, with space for supermarkets, shops and services
  • More than half the site opened up as public green space including native forest/bushland, parks, sports fields, urban farms and food forests (25 hectares)
  • Public services and facilities including a new primary school, high school, major library, community centre and publicly-run bulk-billing medical clinic (5 hectares)
  • Preservation of existing heritage buildings and features for live music, hospitality and the arts, with the racetrack itself repurposed as a 2km tree-fringed walking and cycling circuit
  • Upgraded public transport with trains every 15 minutes and disability upgrades for Ascot Station, plus free, frequent buses connecting through the site to neighbouring suburbs like the high-density precinct at Northshore Hamilton.
Possible public housing and community facilities (Photo credit: www.jonathansri.com)

“Inner-city racecourses are a ridiculous waste of land, and Eagle Farm Racecourse is a massive 49-hectare, flood-free site, just 5km from the city and located directly beside Ascot train station. It’s the ideal place for new medium-density publicly-owned housing,” mayoralty candidate Jonathan Sriranganathan said.

Member Stephen Bates also highlighted that Brisbane is undergoing massive population growth yet remains in the depths of a housing affordability crisis. He stated that it is time to take bold action and properly plan for the homes and facilities that the city’s communities need. 

Racecourse
Photo credit: Len Orford/Google Maps

“That’s why (we) are pleased to call for public feedback on a bold proposal to replace Eagle Farm Racecourse with 4000 publicly-owned rent-capped apartments, parkland, and community infrastructure like new schools, a neighbourhood centre, library, and more,” Mr Bates said. 


Read: New School Openings Prompt Catchment Changes Across Brisbane


Those who would like to give their feedback may answer the survey here.

Published 15-November-2023

Did You Know that the Eagle Farm Racecourse Was a Military Camp in WW2?

For more than 150 years, the Eagle Farm Racecourse has been highly regarded as one of Queensland’s best racecourses. Did you know that it was once called Camp Ascot, the first military camp established by US Army troops in Australia during the Second World War?

Horseracing in Eagle Farm

Queenslanders enjoyed horse racing before the 1850s in Moreton Bay and New Farm.

Following the closure of the New Farm racecourse in the 1860s, a new site with a grandstand that could seat 350 people was planned in Ascot. The opening of the Ascot Railway Station a few years later brought more race-goers to the racecourse.

Established in 1863, the site then known as Ascot Racecourse or Brisbane Racecourse did not just host horse racing activities but also social and business events.

A news feature on Eagle Farm Racecourse from the 1880s.
Photo Credit: Trove/National Library of Australia

Upon the opening of the Eagle Farm Racecourse, the Queensland Turf Club (QTC) assumed leadership and created the Brisbane Racecourse Act in the 1870s. QTC also sought to offer the facilities for other purposes to fund its maintenance and operation. Thus, cricket and polo matches, as well as various club events and meetings, were also hosted on the racecourse.

Racegoers watching a close race.
Photo Credit: Trove/National Library of Australia

Between the 1880s to the 1930s, the Eagle Farm Racecourse saw a lot of expansions and improvements to address the congestion as railway facilities were updated with more stations in the northside amidst the boom in the racing industry.

More news about the racecourse developments.
Photo Credit: Trove/National Library of Australia
The new Leger Stand.
Photo Credit: State Library of Queensland

Before World War II, the racecourse had an overhead pedestrian bridge, a new Members’ Stand, a lavatory block, and an extension to the St Leger Stand. 

1941: Building Camp Ascot and Camp Doomben

On the 22nd of December in 1941, the ‘Pensacola’ Convoy reached Brisbane’s Brett’s Wharf at Hamilton. The first US Army troops marched up Racecourse Road and there they established tented sites, Camp Ascot and Camp Doomben, at the racecourses. 

Camp Ascot military tents.
Photo Credit: Brisbane City Council Library

During the war, the only racecourse to operate as intended was the Albion Race Track.



As an important sporting and recreation facility in Brisbane, Queenslanders did not allow the Americans to alter the buildings or damage the three concentric racetracks. Inspite of that, the Americans still received personal items, such as writing paper, library books and magazines from the Australian Comforts Fund.

1942: Arrival of the 648th US Engineer Regiment

The US Engineer Regiment described the camp as a “big fancy racetrack” in spite of its meagre facilities. The troops had to chop wood every day to supply the kitchen’s fireplace. The kitchen itself only had a makeshift tin shack with coal stoves, an open hearth with primitive utensils. The men slept on the wooden floors of their tents and bathed in the open-air showers.

The entrance to Eagle Farm Racecourse Camp Ascot.
Photo Credit: Brisbane City Council Library

1943-1944: Camp Turns Into Tent City

Colonel Harold Doud’s Special Intelligence Service (SIS)  relocated into Camp Ascot, which was packed with U.S. Army Bell Tents. They placed a temporary movie theatre in the main grandstand and added two warehouses including a Mess Hall with a reading room in the member’s car park. They placed prefabricated, de-mountable huts around the camp but outside the fenced racing circle.

The tented army camp at the Eagle Farm Racecourse
Photo Credit: Brisbane City Council Library
The officers at Camp Ascot
Photo Credit: Australian War Memorial

By August 1945, the SIS vacated Camp Ascot and moved to San Miguel in the Philippines.

In May 1946, the Victory Cup Meeting marked the return of racing to the Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Additional features like a camera tower, the Judge’s Box, the John Power Stand, and the Race Day Stalls were added to the site between the 1950s to the 1980s.

Eagle Farm Racecourse Today

The  Eagle Farm Racecourse was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2004 as a combined entry with the Ascot Railway Station. The Brisbane Racing Club (BRC) now manages the racecourse after a merger with the QTC. 

The BRC upgraded the racetracks and associated facilities following a $1.2 billion development project. The BRC also introduce non-racing developments with the continued operation for the racing facilities.



A new access road and a residential tower, as well as a boutique hotel, were completed in 2018. The racecourse could also accommodate over 1,600 cars in its refurbished carpark during major race days. 

Meanwhile, the Ascot Railway Station was electrified in 1988. Passenger service lines have been limited to Doomben in 1998, where there are newer bus connections.

Two FREE Christmas Events at the Eagle Farm Racecourse

Did you know that the Brisbane Racing Club is hosting two FREE Christmas events for the entire family to enjoy at the Eagle Farm Racecourse?

On 18 December 2021, Birralee Choir, Excelsior band, Opera Queensland, and St Rita’s College  will fill the air with the magical sound of Christmas carols at St Leger Lawn at the Eagle Farm Racecourse.



Families will also have the opportunity to browse through artisan stalls at the creative market for some last-minute Christmas gift shopping. A curated selection of food stalls will also be on hand to give market-goers and spectators that much-needed calorie boost.

Photo credit: 2020 – 2025 Brisbane Racing Club /  brc.com.au

On 22 December 2021, be sure to bring the entire family to the Public Lawn at the Eagle Farm Racecourse for a night of Christmas laughter and cheer as the Brisbane Racing Club presents the Christmas Movie on the Big Screen featuring ELF. The film follows the adventures of Buddy (Will Ferrer), who was raised by Santa’s elves, as he travels to New York in search of his biological father whilst donning his elf outfit.

Photo credit: 2020 – 2025 Brisbane Racing Club /  brc.com.au

Completing this family movie event is Brisbane Racing Club’s line-up of free family-friendly activities to delight especially the kids including face painting plus a special appearance from Santa Claus before the movie starts.



Please note that starting Friday 17 December 2021, BRC will be implementing the State Government vaccination mandate that allows only double-vaccinated patrons entry to hospitality venues, including Brisbane Racing Club. So, be sure to bring along your Government-issued COVID-19 vaccination certificate to the event.

What: Ascot Green Christmas Carols and Markets – to register, click here 

When: Saturday 18 December 2021, 5pm – 8pm

Where: St Leger Lawn, Eagle Farm Racecourse


What: Christmas Movie on the Big Screen – ELF –  to register, click here

When: Wednesday 22 December, 2021, 5pm – 8pm

Where: Public Lawn, Eagle Farm Racecourse

Brisbane Racing Club To Feature Exciting Events For Spring Racing Carnival 2021

Are you ready for Brisbane Racing Club’s Spring Racing Carnival 2021? Racing, entertainment, fashion and fun will all come together at the Spring Racing Carnival 2021 in Ascot, promising six days of live local races, all-day entertainment, and interstate action on super screens around the course.


Read: 5 Interesting Activities To Do At The TradeCoast Central Heritage Park Interpretive Centre


The Spring Racing Carnival kicked off with the XXXX Queensland Cup Raceday on 9 October 2021 at the Eagle Farm Racecourse, where guests were entertained with performances from Stafford Brothers, two of Brisbane’s most acclaimed DJs.

If you missed the starting event, check out the five remaining race days happening until 6 November.

Super Saturday RaceDay

Photo credit: Brisbane Racing Club/Facebook

16 October 2021 | Eagle Farm Racecourse

Interstate feature races the Caulfield Cup and TAB Everest will be accompanied by a stellar racecard at Eagle Farm Racecourse. Then there’s the Oscar Salons Fashions on the Field, pop-up bars and food stalls trackside to make Super Saturday RaceDay one to remember.

Oscar Oscar Salons Ladies RaceDay

Photo credit: Brisbane Racing Club/Facebook

23 October 2021 | Doomben Racecourse

Watch the Cox Plate as it happens, with the screens on course showing the legendary race live. Accompanying the interstate action is a thrilling race card at Doomben.

Moët & Chandon Derby RaceDay

Photo credit: Brisbane Racing Club/Facebook

30 October 2021 | Eagle Farm Racecourse

The height of luxury is showcased on Moet & Chandon Derby RaceDay, one of the most prestigious days of spring racing shown live on the screens around the course. The racing action continues on course at Eagle Farm with an exciting race card. The thrill from the track and screens spill out onto the grounds with monochromatic fashion, incredible gastronomy, and vibrant entertainment to get the heart racing.

Canadian Club Melbourne Cup RaceDay

Photo credit: Brisbane Racing Club/Facebook

2 November 2021 | Eagle Farm Racecourse

Eagle Farm will be on the largest screen in the Southern Hemisphere as the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup is shown around the course. The glamour doesn’t stop there with plenty of entertainment, Oscar Oscar Salons Fashions on the Field, pop-up bars and eateries trackside to make this a Melbourne Cup RaceDay to remember.

Teddy Bears Picnic Family RaceDay

Photo credit: Brisbane Racing Club/Facebook

6 November 2021 | Eagle Farm Racecourse

This reinvigorated raceday will host exciting family friendly experiences on and off the track. Enjoy an array of jumping castles proudly provided by AstroJump, seasonal culinary delights and a family themed Fashions On The Field that emulates the style and excitement of this raceday.

To buy your tickets and for more details on the upcoming events, visit BRC’s website or follow them on Facebook

Big Screen on the Green to Feature the Most Romantic Valentine Date Movie

There’s a good chance you’ve seen one of the most popular and most romantic Valentine date movies ever made. But if you’re up for a walk down memory lane — with your partner, friends, or teenage kids — pack a picnic blanket and some pillows, and then head down to the Eagle Farm Racecourse for Big Screen on the Green on Friday, the 14th of February 2020.

“Pretty Woman,” the blockbuster film that catapulted Julia Roberts to international stardom, will be screening at Big Screen on the Green for Valentine’s. There’s no better way to enjoy this ultimate ’90s romantic comedy but on the biggest screen in the Southern Hemisphere during the most romantic night of the year! 

Photo Credit: Big Screen on the Green/Facebook


For an unforgettable Valentine’s, don’t stress over packing some picnic snacks for Big Screen on the Green. 

You can dine under the stars, treat your loved one, or share a wonderful night with your best friend with a set of food packages for a relaxing and filling night. Each food package is good for two people.

Charcuterie Hamper Package Gourmet hamper including artisan charcuterie, cured & smoked salumeria, farmhouse cheeses, potted pâté, homemade dip, lavosh, breads, espresso martini chocolate opera cake, French-style macaron & chocolate dipped strawberries
Seafood Hamper PackageGourmet hamper including fresh Noosa prawns, 8 Tassie natural oysters, gin & kaffir lime-cured salmon, crusty baguette, farmhouse cheese, piccalilli, espresso martini chocolate opera cake, French-style macaron & chocolate dipped strawberries
Galentine’s Hamper PackageGourmet hamper including three-cheese pumpkin & chive Portuguese savoury tartlet, ribbon New York deli sandwich w Dijon mustard & cress, prosciutto-wrapped strawberry, smoked salmon, triple crème brie, espresso martini chocolate opera, French-style macaron, Turkish delight

Alternatively, you can go big on your romantic gesture with a decadent three-course meal, which comes with a bottle of wine and a long-stemmed rose. You and your date will be seated at a premiere romantic spot with a good view of the movie. 

Book your seats to this fun, romantic evening via Brisbane Racing Club. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. but the movie will begin as soon as it gets dark. In the event of a shower or thunderstorm, there are covered seatings available with good vantage points of the screen as well. 



Girls’ Day Out: Most Glamorous, Ultimate Raceday Event Is Back

This summer, prepare to have your most glamorous time at the races yet! The ultimate raceday event, Girls’ Day Out, is returning for another popping party at the Eagle Farm Racecourse. 

Ring your girlfriends and prepare your floral dress with matching fascinators as Girls’ Day Out gets underway on Saturday, the 22nd of February 2020. The party begins at 10:30 a.m. with a lot of exciting activities to experience until 6:00 p.m.



Fancy the latest trends? Then be at the all-new Stradbroke Plaza Precinct for Fashions on the Field. While you’re there, sample some mouthwatering tasty treats or quench your thirst at the pop-up bars and gourmet restaurants. 

Within the same area, you can enjoy some lavish pampering at the complimentary Pamper Bar and Henna Tattooists section. For some thrills, get a peek into your future by consulting with tarot card readers.

If you’d like some tête-à-tête with your best friend, opt for the Royal High Tea from Sirromet Wine or chill out together at My Mexican Deck from Sauza Tequila Gold.

Photo Credit: Brisbane Racing Club

A number of live entertainment will be underway across the racecourse, headed by the award-winning Timotomatic, who will dish out his danceable hits on the Main Stage. Roving circus performers will be dazzling guests along with the impressive Queens of the Track.

A crew made up of “Gentlemen To Help” will be going around the racecourse to assist guests. Speaking of which, gents are welcome to tag along with their wives, girlfriends or gal pals even as this party is catered for women. They may also enjoy the same activities as the girls or watch the races live.  



To wrap up Girls’ Day Out, an after-party will be taking place at the Society Rooftop Bar.

There will be plenty to do at Girls’ Day Out with everything happening in one place. To check the packages and score tickets, visit the event page online. 

The event is presented by Priceline Pharmacy Ascot and James Street. 

Traverse Through Historic Sites at the Ascot and Hamilton Heritage Trail

Whilst real estate prices in Ascot and Hamilton are amongst the highest in Brisbane, most residents don’t know about the diverse and fascinating history of the area. For example the connection of Ascot’s name to the racecourse, the 154-year history of the Hamilton Hotel, the chaos of keeping the Eagle Farm Women’s Prisoners away from the men, the role of Brett’s Wharf in WW2, local resident Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, the evolution of Racecourse Road and many other fascinating evolutions.

The Ascot and Hamilton Heritage Trail is a 3.5-km walk, including 18 points of interest that help illustrate the development of both Ascot and Hamilton. The trail starts off just outside the Hamilton Hotel and ends at the entrance to the Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Visitors who want to learn more about the stories and events that shaped the history of the area can check out Brisbane City Council’s Gallivant Through Ascot and Hamilton Heritage Trail brochure. The document also includes more information on the location of public transport and access for people with limited mobility. Take note that some sections of the heritage trail are steep and may be difficult for some visitors to access.

Brief History of Ascot

The evolution of Ascot officially started after the establishment of the famous racecourse in 1865 by the Queensland Turf Club. The development made the area more attractive and further helped to define its distinctive character. The land was granted to the club by the Colonial Government in 1863. Subsequently, the first race meeting was held two years later.

The name ‘Ascot’ used to be a reference to the famous English racecourse. As more people visited the racecourse, Ascot became more closely associated with this part of Brisbane. The rail line was then extended from Eagle Junction to Racecourse Station in 1882 and the station later adopted the name Ascot in 1897.  

Ascot and Hamilton Heritage Trail

The Hamilton Hotel

Ascot and Hamilton Heritage Trail Hamilton Hotel
Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton, ca. 1929. (Photo credit: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 1902)

Gustavus Hamilton established the hotel in 1865 and named it The Hamilton. The hotel then became a reference point in the district. Not long after, the area around the hotel adopted the name The Hamilton.

Eagle Farm Women’s Prison

At first, female convicts were held in the Female Factory, on the site which is now occupied by the General Post Office on Queen Street.

The factory was surrounded by high stone walls to limit fraternisation with men, but this proved to be ineffective. Authorities then decided to move the female convicts to Eagle Farm, away from the attention of male convicts as well as soldiers, who were forbidden from crossing Breakfast Creek.

The site of the Eagle Farm Women’s Prison was only accessible through the convict-hewn track which is now known as the Kingsford Smith Drive. The women’s prison may no longer be standing today, but it is an important archaeological site located about two kilometres away from Schneider Road.

Brett’s Wharf and the Apollo Barge Assembly Depot

Ascot and Hamilton Heritage Trail Brett's wharves at Hamilton
Brett’s wharves at Hamilton taken about 1953. (Photo credit: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 43721)

Did you know that Hamilton, Ascot, and Eagle Farm experienced some of the most intense war-time activity seen in Australia during World War II?

Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941, US forces were redirected to Australia. Brett’s Wharf played an important role as the receiving dock for the US Air Force’s unassembled aircraft.

Substation No. 12

Built at a time when electric trams travelled to Hamilton, Substation No. 12 is one of only two substations built in Brisbane that combined the substation functions for both the electricity supply and the tramway system.

The Hamilton substation was the first of this type of installation to be built in Brisbane in 1947. Meanwhile, the other Substation No. 42 on Waterworks Road at Ashgrove, was built in 1948. Such a dual facility was an unusual but efficient use of a site, as it incorporated both types of substations within a single building.

By the 1960s, the Council viewed trams as an inefficient, expensive, and inflexible form of public transport. This lead to the decision to discontinue the service across Brisbane in 1969.

Kingsford Smith Drive

Ascot and Hamilton Heritage Trail Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith
Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith.(Photo credit: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 52185)

In 1953, this road was renamed Kingsford Smith Drive in honour of one of Australia’s most important aviators. Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith was born in a house near the corner of Riverview Terrace and Hamilton Road.

Hamilton Town Hall

This structure was built in 1920 as the Hamilton Town Hall and Hamilton Town Council Chambers.Brisbane architect, MT Stanley designed the hall which became the venue for Council business community meetings and social occasions like dances.

After its use as a community hall ended, residents petitioned for it to become the site of a School of the Arts, a move that did quite succeed. Today, it is the site of a public library.

Tivoli Gardens Theatre

Opened in 1907, the Tivoli Gardens was a popular, open-air  Vaudeville theatre in Brisbane and is famous for its Vaudevillian acts. Miss Bella Sutherland, a famous performer on the vaudevillian circuit both in Australia and internationally, established the theatre.

The 1,000-seat, canvas theatre served theatre enthusiasts for eight years. Times changed and with the advent of cinema, the Tivoli Gardens Theatre was converted for use for cinema screenings until it finally closed in 1921.

St Augustine’s Anglican Church

Photo credit: staugseq.com.au

The brick church was completed in 1920 as St Augustine’s Thank-offering and War Memorial Church.

Queensland artist, William Bustard designed the artistic church windows.He was popular for his work with stained glass. Examples of his works in Brisbane can be seen in St John’s Anglican Cathedral, St Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, and Brisbane City Hall. The set of windows in St Augustine’s are considered to be the only remaining complete set of Bustard’s windows.

Racecourse Road

Racecourse Road was the direct path from the river to the racecourse.

In the late 1800s, only a few houses dotted between the river and the racecourse. These include residences to two sharebrokers, a cabinet maker, and two horse trainers.

In the early 20th Century, the Racecourse Road quickly evolved into a busy street, lined with more houses, shops, and businesses, with electric trams running back and forth.

Remarkable Historic Homes

Lynford

Lynford is considered as one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival homes in Brisbane. The stately, heritage-listed residence on Windermere Road is made of brick, stonework, stucco, and timber with a distinctive gabled roofline.

It was designed and built in 1928 by notable architect E.P Trewern. It has been subsequently renovated by Brisbane-based architect Richard Groves to accommodate modern inclusions.

Windermere

Windermere house at Ascot, Queensland. (Photo credit: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image number: 27279-0001-0001)

The grand residence was built around 1886 for a politician named J.G. Appel. Prominent architect, Richard Gailey designed the Windermere house.

Chateau Nous

Built in 1938, this exceptional example of Functionalist architecture is reminiscent of the glamorous 1930s Hollywood parties. The American-educated Douglas Roberts designed the house, whose simple, geometric style was a far cry from the traditional “timber and tin” residences in vogue at the time.

In what was considered “ultra-modern” at the time, the house had an all-electric kitchen, which was designed in a utilitarian, minimalist manner. Remarkably, it also had an electric dumb-waiter which enabled meals to be delivered to the breakfast room upstairs.

A sizeable air raid shelter was even built in the yard to protect the family from World War II bombing runs.

The original owners left Chateau Nou in the 1960s but it remains a private residence to this day.

Nyrambla

Nyrambla epitomises the development of Ascot in the late 1800s when grand residences were built on the apex of the suburb’s hills. The 2-storey residence was designed in 1885 by James Cowlishaw, an early Brisbane architect. 

Owned by bank manager Henry P Abbott, Nyrambla was originally built on 15 acres of land before portions of it were divided off to make up surrounding streets, two of which have been named Henry and Abbott in commemoration. Today, Nyrambla is a private residence.

Tattersalls Lodge

Built in the 1890s, this house was used as accommodations for horse trainers and their families. Before the house was built, it was originally the site of the Tattersalls Stables, which was leased to trainers of prizewinning horses because of its close proximity to the Eagle Farm Racecourse.

At the turn of the 20th century, the house changed hands and became FitzGrafton Lodge, owned by James McGill a respected horse breeder and grazier, who bequeathed it to his son upon his death. McGill Avenue, a road adjacent to the racecourse, was named after this family.

Like Nyramble, Tattersalls Lodge is privately owned.

Hamilton Fire Station

Firefighters posing in their vehicle in front of Hamilton Fire Station. (Photo credit: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image number: 97520)

Most of the housing stock in Brisbane in the late 19th Century consists of timber. As more houses emerged in the developing area, the locality needed a permanent fire station that services Ascot and Hamilton. The Hamilton Fire Station was then built in 1920.

Ascot Railway Station    

Originally called Racecourse Station, the line from Eagle Junction to Ascot Station was opened in 1882. The extension of the line provided race-goers with an efficient way to get to and from the races as the trains exclusively run for race days.

Eagle Farm Racecourse    

Avid race-goers, did you know that the first race meeting was held at the Brisbane Racecourse in 1865? The former Brisbane Racecourse is now popularly known as Eagle Farm Racecourse. Today, Eagle Farm Racecourse remains to be Brisbane’s premier racecourse.

Camp Ascot

Photo Credit: The Queenslander/Wikimedia Commons

As mentioned earlier, Ascot has been extremely active during World War II. In fact, Eagle Farm Racecourse became the first US camp established in Australia.

These historic sites and events have undeniably influenced the suburbs of Ascot and Hamilton. Looking for some things to do in Ascot or Hamilton? Why not go on a historic walk and check out the Ascot and Hamilton Heritage Trail.

First-Ever Pink Picnic to Welcome Autumn at Eagle Farm Racecourse In Ascot

The very first Pink Picnic is happening this Saturday, the 6th of April 2019, at the Eagle Farm Racecourse in Ascot. Guests are encouraged to dress in pink and white to mark the celebration that will hopefully become a local tradition to welcome Autumn.

Hosted by the Brisbane Racing Club, The Society, and Petal & Pup, Pink Picnic will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Some 500 seats will be available for this 18+ event, with ticket options for $75 or $100.



The Pink Party’s main event will be held at the racecourse’s alfresco dining area, where guests will be treated to live entertainment featuring acts like the Millenium Band and Gabrielle Lambe.

Expect pink-themed food, drinks, and desserts, including a wave of Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin Spritz as supplied by the sponsor of the event. Pink Party ambassador Ash Keily will also be there to make sure that the guests enjoy the day’s activities.

A Rooftop Rose Party will also be underway, where a live DJ will be rousing guests with dance music. This special-access section will also have a separate canape and beverage selection.



Each ticket holder pf the Pink Party will be able to take advantage of the pamper stations and market stalls at the racecourse grounds. Lawn games and other activities will also be set up throughout the event.

Interested guests may purchase their tickets at the official website of the Brisbane Racing Club.

Priceline Pharmacy Ascot Presents Girls’ Day Out in Eagle Farm Racecourse

It’s time to call the squad and have a day of pampering, unlimited flowing beverages, and entertainment at the Brisbane Racing Club’s Girls’ Day Out presented by the Priceline Pharmacy Ascot!

The event will be at the heritage-listed Eagle Farm Racecourse, at the northern end of Racecourse Road in Ascot. The gates and the functions will be open to the public at 10:30 am and 11:30 am respectively.

The Brisbane Racing Club will set up a complimentary Pamper Station to keep participants looking their best throughout the day. There will be a Henna Tattoo Pop-Up and live DJ beats to make it more fun.

Get ready to be delighted with the all-male group Scarlet Sons as they perform their electrifying dance, acrobatics and cirque. The Queens of the Track, who appeared in the Girls’ Day out stage many times, will crack you up with their comedy and fabulous moves. Check out the list below to see the schedule of events for the Girls’ Day Out:

Meet Ambassador Georgia Love

Saturday, 23 February 2019 (11:30 am)


Photo credit: Brisbane Racing Clubs

The Bachelorette former star Georgia Love is the Ambassador for Girls’ Day Out 2019. Following her stint at the reality TV dating game show, Love landed a gig as a news reporter. She will talk about her background in Journalism at the Inspirational Ladies’ Lunch.

Love will be joined by The Urban List CEO & Founder Susannah George and CocoBliss Co-Founder Candice Kemp as the inspirational guest speakers.

Fashions On The Field Competition

Saturday, 23 February 2019 (10:00 am for the opening of registration; 11:45 am for closing of registration; 12:00 nn for the beginning of the competition)


Photo credit: Brisbane Racing Clubs

Enter the “Fashions on the Field” contest sponsored by SHEIKE and win hundreds of dollars in prizing. The winner will bring home a $500 SHEIKE voucher along with a few more giveaways like the En Pointe Collective earrings, Vogue Living magazine, and assorted cosmetics. The finalists will also go home with gift bags valued at over $100.

La-bOum Perform Live!

Saturday, 23 February 2019 (5:45 pm – 7:00 pm)


Photo credit: Brisbane Racing Club

Pop-music band La bOum will take center stage as they play their hits. The three-member band, who performs all over Queenslands’ best nightclubs and also residents at Cloudland in Fortitude Valley, is known for their energetic and fun performances.

For tickets and packages, check out the Brisbane Racing Club Racedays.


Read: Glamorous Girls’ Day Out in Ascot to Benefit Gynaecological Cancer Research


Watch Christmas Movies on Ascot’s Big Screen on the Green

Did you know that the biggest screen in the Southern hemisphere is in Ascot?

Located at Ascot’s Eagle Farm Racecourse, Big Screen on the Green is embracing the festive spirit with a great line-up of classic Christmas movies.

Photo credit: www.brc.com.au

From Monday, 17 December 2018 to Friday, 21 December 2018, Eagle Farm Racecourse is going to be filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas. Prior to the movie screening, several free activities such as face painting, Christmas carols playing, and a meet-and-greet with Santa will be up for the whole family to enjoy.

Have a great picnic on the lawn whilst viewing the Christmas movies on the screen. BYO food and beverages are not allowed in the event, however, there will be plenty of options on the night.

Picnic hampers will also be available for purchase. All you got to do is bring your own bean bags, cushions, blankets or rugs.



Admission and Package Inclusions

General Admission requires a gold coin donation on the day of the event (located on the public lawn). You may pre-register your attendance to receive a free Frozen Fanta (orange or red) on arrival. Food and beverage available for purchase.

The Movie Pack costs $10 per person and includes the following:

  • Access to Eagle Farm Racecourse and the Public Lawn
  • A large Popcorn
  • Beverage (your choice of a glass of house wine/sparkling, house beer or a non-alcoholic beverage)

Big Screen on the Green Movie Schedules

Elf – Rated PG

Monday, 17, December 2018

Photo credit: www.brc.com.au

General Admission

Movie Pack $10 per person

Buy Hamper Pack for $20 – $85


Home Alone – Rated PG

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

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General Admission

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The Santa Clause – Rated PG

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

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General Admission

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The Muppet Christmas Carol – Rated G

Thursday, 20 December 2018

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Polar Express – Rated G

Friday, 21 December 2018

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