As well as being NSW’s premier racecourse south of Sydney, Kembla Grange Racecourse is also a fantastic fully licensed Function Centre. We offer a perfect blend of charm, sophistication and affordability in ideal surroundings for your reception, party, conference, trade show, etc.
Our team of professional staff, headed by Functions Manager Lindsey Barnaba and Chef Kathleen Hedger, can produce tailor-made packages for your function ensuring the highest possible results are achieved.
Archives reveal that race meetings were staged by the original Illawarra Turf Club as long ago as 1834 on the site of the present day Wollongong Golf Course, 26 years before racing began at Royal Randwick.
However, early in the twentieth century, Kembla Grange estate, the present site of Kembla Grange Racecourse, was purchased by the Hon. Joseph Carruthers, who designed a course almost identical in size and shape to Randwick.
Numerous organisations have been in charge of racing at Kembla Grange until the present Illawarra Turf Club was formed and conducted its first racemeeting on the 18th December 1976.
Kembla Grange Racecourse was constructed almost identical in size and shape to Randwick Racecourse. The course is 2200m in circumference, 25m in width and has a straight length of 420m, suiting horses that run on strongly.