Photo by Nikki Westover






Held annually at the Harts Range Racecourse, set in the majestic East MacDonnell ranges area, is the ‘Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend’ aka ‘Harts Range Races’. The NT August Picnic Races Public Holiday stem from this 70 plus year tradition started at the Harts Range Racecourse, 215km East of Alice Springs on the Plenty Highway. See our Club History Page.


Dates for the 2019 races:

Friday 2nd August, Saturday 3rd August, Sunday 4th August, Monday 5th August.

Red Centre Campdraft - This event will not be held in 2019 due to dry conditions.
Gates open Friday 7am. The Country Coffee and Strawberries Galore Vans will be on site from Friday onwards.


Dates for future races are:


2020 – Friday July 31st, Saturday 1st August, Sunday 2nd August, Monday 3rd August.

2021 – Friday July 30th, Saturday July 31st, Sunday 1st August, Monday 2nd August.

2022 – Friday August 5th to Monday August 6th. 


Over 2 days of fun for all the family. Stock-horse Races, Rodeo, Gymkhana, Sports events including Running Races, Novelty Races for kids, Lizard Race, Ladies Cow Tail Toss and Tug of War.

Saturday Evening: 

Harts Range Ball (Gentlemen require a tie). The theme for 2019 is “OP SHOP FORMAL”. (Please remember that this is a family event and children may be present).

Sunday Evening:

Harts Range Dance with Talent Quest. 

See our Program Page for more details of events.

Gate entry:

Adults Weekend Pass $40.00 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and inclusive). 

Adults Sunday Only Pass $20.00.
Children under 16 are free.

Camping facilities are provided – showers and toilets. No powered or reserved sites.

Bring your own swag and firewood.

BBQ’s and campfires are allowed.

Catering is available courtesy of the Alice Springs Branch of ICPA-steak sangers,

hot food, drinks, sandwiches, ice-creams, lollies. No alcohol is sold over the
weekend – BYO only; however there will be ice available.


See more details of services provided in the East MacDonnell area.


So, bring the family out camping for the Picnic Weekend Holiday, see how it’s done

on the stations; and support local community groups at the same time.



Contact us via the below form



Club Contacts


Harts Range Amateur Race Club

Post: PO Box 2967, Alice Springs NT 0871


President: Mark Nietschke


Publicity: Andrew Barrett

Phone: 0437 114 998


Public Officer: Mark Coffey



Harts Range Amateur Racing Club ABN: 27 657 052 361

Contact: President Mark Nietschke

Postal: PO Box 2967, Alice Springs NT 0871


"Harts Range Races 2019  dates are Friday 2nd   August to Monday 5th August, come along"

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'The original N.T. Picnic Races Meeting - Established 1947'

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