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 2020 races:

Friday July 31st, Saturday 1st August, Sunday 2nd August, Monday 3rd August.
Update: 25th June 2020

The Harts Range Amateur Race Club will be holding a ‘scaled back’ event due to the challenges faced with enforcing COVID-19 restrictions.

We would like to encourage patrons planning on attending to purchase pre-paid tickets online or in town (see below) 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.

Whilst we have history of welcoming interstate travellers to our event, we ask you to please reconsider attending the 2020 Races, as our region is home to a high number of vulnerable people. If you or a family member are feeling unwell, please stay home.

Red Centre Campdraft - This event will start at 7:00am on Friday July 31st and run through until Sunday afternoon.

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


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.


Detail and Dates for future races are:

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

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

2023 – Friday August 4th to Monday August 7th.


Our usual program involves over two 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, however we will be reducing our events for 2020.

See our Program Page for more details of events.

Gate entry 2020: (reduced price for reduced Program of Events)
We would like to encourage patrons planning on attending to purchase pre-paid tickets online or in town (see below) to assist with preparations.

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

Weekend Pass (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and inclusive).

Prices Adult:

  • Pre-Paid $25.00, available online at: Ticketbo

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

  • ​Adults Weekend Pass, at the Gate $30.00.


Prices Children:

  • ​Children under 16 are free.

Onsite Catering is available courtesy of the Harts Range Amateur Race Club of 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 open 7:30am to 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday, please remember to factor this into your planning of evening meals.

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.


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.


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



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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 2020  dates are Friday 31st July    to Monday 3rd   August, come along"