The Cairns Jockey Club is proud to have provided over 100 years of Australia’s Hottest Racing.

For the past 105 years, Cannon Park has been the home of the Cairns Jockey Club and has continued its commitment to local racing making it one of the top things to do in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

Originally owned by the Cannon family, the land where the CJC now sits was donated, with the first race meeting held in 1911. Records show that the first Cairns Cup took place in the early 1900’s.

Cannon Park has recently undergone a $1.96 million track redevelopment and stabling upgrade, the Clubs major two day carnival is the Cairns Cup in August and is home to the Cairns Amateurs Carnival.

Our progressive racing strategy, combined with our dynamic events throughout the year is consistently increasing our on-course patronage and viewing audience providing even more value to our sponsors and spectators and making Cairns a must visit for Horse Racing in Australia.

The Club is a proud Tourism Award Winner for the Cairns Cup in 2013 and 2014.

Cannon Park boasts crowds of over 12,000 per day during the peak carnival times and has many function rooms and hospitality areas.

About Us



Boasting a carnival atmosphere with a winning trifecta of exhilarating racing, superb fashion and exciting company the Cairns Cup welcomes its community and visitors to beautiful Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef every year



The Cannon family generously donated the land where the club is currently located, with the first race meeting held in 1911. Records show that the celebrated Brothers Cairns Cup was first conducted in the early 1900’s, with only the war years interrupting the continuous running of this event.



The Sport of Kings – Enjoy all the benefits, fun and excitement of racing by becoming a Member of the Cairns Jockey Club. A place where fashion, food and fun come face to face with fillies and thoroughbreds.