Photo by Nikki Westover





Held annually at the Harts Range Racecourse, set in the majestic East MacDonnell ranges area, is the ‘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 2021 races:

Friday to Monday: July 30th to August 2nd, 2021.

Gates open to the public from Friday 10:00am.

Red Centre Campdraft – This event will start at 7:00am on Thursday 29th July and run through until Sunday afternoon.

The Harts Range Amateur Race Club will be holding its usual event whilst adhering to COVID-19 regulations. 

We would like to encourage patrons planning on attending to purchase pre-paid tickets online and download the 'The Territory Check In App' before heading out, to assist with preparations. 

HRARC will be encouraging patrons to follow the 1.5m social/physical distancing guidelines, practice good hand hygiene (HRARC will supply hand sanitisers to toilet facilities across the grounds) and we also encourage you to download the COVID Safe app to your smart phone. 

If you or a family member are feeling unwell, please stay home.

Are you arriving or returning from interstate?


There are strict border controls in place for all arrivals to the Territory, including returning Territorians.

All arrivals to the Northern Territory (NT) must:


Go to OR call NT COVID-19 hotline on 
1800 490 484
 (8:00am to 4:30pm).


Businesses or individuals wishing to hold a stall at this years Campdraft or Races will need to apply. Contact Liz Bird (08) 8956 9779 for more information.

Details and Dates for Future Harts Range Bush Sports Weekends:

2022 – Friday to Monday: July 29th, 30th, 31st and 1st August.

2023 – Friday to Monday: August 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th.  

2024 – Friday to Monday: August 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th.

In all cases, Monday is the NT Picnic Public Holiday.

EFTPOS is the preferred payment method at the Gate, Canteen, Merchandise and Tote sheds, however as mobile reception is not always stable, please bring cash along as a backup.

Entry Tickets may be pre purchased online – see below Gate Entry details. 

2021 EVENT

Our Program involves 2 full days of activities and fun for all the family, (Saturday/Sunday), with 3 to 4 days of campdraft and gymkhana running concurrently (Thursday to Sunday).

Stockhorse Races, Fashions on the Field, Rodeo, Sports events including Running Races, Novelty Races for kids, Lizard Race, Ladies Cow Tail Toss and Tug-of-War, Evening Dances and Talent Quest.


See our Program Page for more details of events.


Saturday Evening Dance: 

Numbers will be restricted due to COVID regulations. Admission will be $5.00 at the door (no pre-event tickets sold). Kids under 16 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.  

Harts Range Ball (Gentlemen require a tie). The dance has a theme each year. (Please remember that this is a family event and children may be present). Theme for 2021 is Senior Citizens.

Sunday Evening:

Harts Range Talent Quest and Quiz Night. 


We would like to encourage patrons planning on attending to purchase pre-paid tickets online to assist with COVID information gathering and money handling. 

Go to Ticketbo and enter details of all your car’s occupants. Available from Monday 5th July. Only if the event is cancelled, will Ticketebo tickets be refunded, (excluding the booking fee).

Each attendee will need to present their ticket at the gate – either printed or on your phone, to receive your wristband.


We also encourage patrons to download 'The Territory Check In App' before leaving home as mobile coverage can be unstable.


Each attendee will also be expected to check-in with the “The Territory Check in App” at the gate, or write down your details on the sheets provided.


Weekend Pass
Includes camping for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday – access to showers and toilets. 


Adults: $40.00

Children: Patrons under 16 years of age are free

How to Purchase:

  • Online at: Ticketbo

  • EFTPOS/Cash used at Centre Ag Services (old Landmark Building), 34 Stuart Highway – next to Caltex Teppa Hill.

  • At the Gate (EFTPOS or cash).

No alcohol is sold over the weekend – BYO only; however there will be ice available. 

Camping facilities are provided – showers and toilets. No powered or reserved sites. Make sure to pack:
   •    Swag
   •    Camp Oven
   •    Firewood
   •    BBQ
   •    Personal Sunblock and Personal Insect Spray

BBQ’s and campfires are permitted inside the camping area.

On-site Catering is available courtesy of the Harts Range Amateur Race Club with bacon and egg sandwiches, steak and sausages sandwiches, hot chips, drinks, and ice. Supporting the canteen means you are supporting the club to assist putting on this fantastic event. 

Canteen opening hours are to be confirmed, but approximately– 7:30am to 8:30pm Saturday and Sunday, please remember to factor this into your planning of evening meals. 

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

So, bring the family out camping for the Picnic Weekend Holiday and support local community groups at the same time.

EFTPOS is the preferred payment method at the Gate, Canteen, Merchandise and Tote sheds, however as mobile reception is not always stable, please bring cash along as a backup.

Contact us via the below form.

Club Contacts


Harts Range Amateur Race Club

Post: PO Box 2967, Alice Springs NT 0871


President: Daniel Ling

Publicity: Emma Chalmers

Phone: 0438 866 987


Public Officer: Mark Coffey



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Harts Range Amateur Racing Club ABN: 27 657 052 361

Contact: President Daniel Ling

Postal: PO Box 2967, Alice Springs NT 0871



"Harts Range Races 2021 dates are Friday 30th July    to Monday 2nd   August, come along"