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MEDIA RELEASE: Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival: it pays to be a local

The Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival will be the place to be this Easter long weekend for Adelaide Hills residents and sporting club members, who’ll receive a 10% discount on entry and hospitality packages.

Be part of the Easter tradition by spending the long weekend trackside with family and friends on Saturday 20 and Monday 22 April. With a rich history spanning over 145 years, it’s a hallmark event on the Adelaide Hills calendar, which is why locals can access discounted tickets at using the codes HILLS19.

On Easter Monday at 8am, racegoers will be treated to an equestrian masterclass by local Olympic Silver Medallist, Megan Jones. Megan took an ex-thoroughbred to the London Olympics and will be shining a spotlight on the life after racing for thoroughbred horses. It’s a wonderful opportunity for families to get up close with the beautiful animals and learn more about equestrian.

Take the hassle out of getting to and from the racecourse with the Pony Express coach transfer service from local hotels for $20pp return. Pick-up locations include The Crafers Hotel, The Stirling Hotel, The Barker Hotel, The Scenic Hotel, The Uraidla Hotel, the Great Eastern Hotel, and more.

Oakbank Racing Club Chairman Barney Gask said the carnival will be bigger than ever, with newly refurbished facilities and two full days of action both on and off the track.

“A day at Oakbank has never looked so good and the new Member’s Deck area is ready to be used for the first time,” Mr Gask said.

“The Easter Racing Carnival has always been known for its relaxed and family atmosphere and this year we’ve placed a great focus on organising brand-new activities for kids to enjoy.”

“The Adelaide Hills community embraces this event every year and we look forward to welcoming them again.”

This year’s range of hospitality packages will have you spoilt for choice, with areas to both celebrate and indulge. The popular Back Paddock Precinct will boast a variety of food trucks and will also be serving delicious beverages from bars and drink vans including Pimms, Espresso Martini, O’Leary Walker Wines, Mollydooker Wines and Left Barrel Brewing.

Alternatively, treat yourself to exquisite wine and gourmet food by the Adelaide Hills Catering Company, at the exclusive Mollydooker Long Lunch. This is a brand-new experience is available Easter Saturday and with only 200 spots available, make sure you’re quick to secure your seats.

It’s the perfect destination for families with the much-loved Stable Stars and 30 FREE activities for kids, including pony rides, a bungy trampoline, Easter egg hunts, face painting, a rock-climbing wall and many more.

Plus, there’s a huge $2,000 prize up for grabs for the most stylish entrant in the Fashion at The Races competition. The winner of the Oakbank round of the statewide competition will also qualify for the final that will take place in September. Media Makeup will also be providing touch up makeup Easter Saturday at the Beauty Bar, which can be accessed by anyone in the General Admission area.

And if you thought it couldn’t get any better – it does, as the Oakbank Racecourse is the only racetrack in Australia where you can BYO everything. Yes, you heard correctly… BYO everything! So, reserve a table, pack a picnic and your favourite bottle of wine and prepare for a perfect Easter outing right on your doorstep.

For more information and to book your Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival ticket or package, go to

Media enquiries: Caitlin Nicks, Michels Warren Public Relations 0407 669 599.

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