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“A wonderful carnival of merrymaking, drinking, feasting and dancing”
– William B. Woodbury, Wyong Race Club’s first secretary

Today, Wyong Race Club offers provincial thoroughbred horse racing across 22 annual race days. We’re also one of the Central Coast’s leading function centres, hosting sponsored and fundraising events, galas, business meetings, trade expos, weddings, school formals and more. Would you believe our story began in a small, rural paddock?

Wyong Race Club’s origins date back to some of the earliest days of European settlement in the modern Central Coast area. The history of our racecourse begins back in 1875. With the oldest house in Wyong being Alison Homestead, settled in the 1870s, we have been growing with the local community for 150 years.

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1875

1875

First simple course built in a paddock in West Wyong. Horses would also race at Blue Gum Flats, between Kangy Angy and Lisarow.

1887

1887

Wyong railway line opens

1889

1889

Significant expansion and development of Sydney to Newcastle railway line

1898

1898

Wyong population: 200 and a second, smoother track built near Tuggerah Lake. First meeting of Wyong Jockey Club in January. Trains travelled exclusively to Wyong from Sydney and Newcastle to catch the races and punters queued for hours to take a punt across the river

1911

1911

Third course built north of the second by Bill Smith, but prone to flooding and drainage issues.

1912

1912

Wyong township’s leading local saw miller, George Goldsmith, designed and constructed a lightning-fast racecourse for the community. Goldsmith used sawdust from his very own mill to line the track and the track considered damaging for the horses.

1939

1939 – 1945

WWII saw complete closure of the track at Wyong.

1946

1946

Wyong township track re-opens to the community.

1947

1947

Wyong Shire officially created.

1955

1955

New grandstand construction underway.

1988

1988

Wyong District Agricultural Society changed its name by resolution to “Wyong Race Club”

1991

1991

Paul Levick Stand replaces 1950s grandstand in August.

2016

2016

Equestrian Pool opened

2019

2019

Gap (Trackwork Supervisor’s) Hut commissioned

2020

2020

New Polytrack to open (Stage 1 of WRC’s Track and Training Masterplan)

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