Racecourse, Queensland

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Racecourse is located in Queensland
Coordinates21°09′27″S 149°08′24″E / 21.1575°S 149.14°E / -21.1575; 149.14 (Racecourse (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 21°09′27″S 149°08′24″E / 21.1575°S 149.14°E / -21.1575; 149.14 (Racecourse (centre of suburb))
Population184 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density21.90/km2 (56.7/sq mi)
Area8.4 km2 (3.2 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Mackay Region
State electorate(s)Mirani
Federal Division(s)Capricornia
Suburbs around Racecourse:
Erakala Foulden Foulden
Te Kowai Racecourse West Mackay
Te Kowai Te Kowai Paget
Bakers Creek

Racecourse is a suburb of Mackay in the Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census Racecourse had a population of 184 people.[1]


The northern boundary follows a small section of the Pioneer River while most of the eastern boundary is aligned with the North Coast railway line.[3]

Most of the land in Racecourse is used for the cultivation of sugar cane. The cane is transport via a network of cane tramways through the district and refined at the local Racecourse Sugar Mill (21°09′47″S 149°08′05″E / 21.1631°S 149.1346°E / -21.1631; 149.1346 (sugar mill)).[3][4]


The suburb takes its name from the Mackay Racecourse established by the Mackay Turf Club in 1867 on the south-west corner of the Peak Downs Highway and Broadsound Road / Bruce Highway, which is now within present boundaries of the suburb of Ooralea and has been renamed Ooralea Racecourse.[5][6]

At the 2011 census Racecourse had a population of 242 people.[7]

In the 2016 census Racecourse had a population of 184 people.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

Racecourse has a number of heritage-listed places, including:


There are no schools in Racecourse. The nearest government primary schools are Mackay West State School in neighbouring West Mackay to the east and Dundula State School in neighbouring Bakers Creek to the south-east. The nearest government secondary school is Mackay State High School in South Mackay to the east.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Racecourse (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Racecourse – suburb in Mackay Region (entry 49127)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Landmark Areas - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 18 November 2020. Archived from the original on 21 November 2020. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  5. ^ "History – Mackay Turf Club". Archived from the original on 25 February 2021. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Racecourse". Queensland Places. University of Queensland. Archived from the original on 18 January 2021. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  7. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Racecourse (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 November 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ "Selwyn House (entry 601080)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013.

External links[edit]

  • "Racecourse". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.