It’s all go here at Think Tasmania headquarters! On Friday, we joined the crowd at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart before touring the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship. After a long lunch on board, we zipped up the Heritage Highway to visit Festivale in Launceston. We stayed the night in Carrick with Innes and Nicole Pearce (from the Quilts in the Garden project). Then after a scrumptious breakfast and a tour of their gorgeous gardens, we made our way home again on Saturday. But not before an impromptu visit to Carrick Park Pacing Club.

Carrick Park Pacing Club - Tasmania

Carrick Park Pacing Club: Tasmania

Carrick Park Pacing Club: Off and Racing

We actually stumbled upon the Carrick Park Pacing Club by accident. We turned into East Street because we noticed the Carrick Speedway sign. We’re quite nosy when we visit a new Tasmanian region or town; we like to discover things to do so we can share details with you. So we thought… speedway? Why not!

Carrick Park Pacing Club - Carrick Speedway

Carrick Speedway: East Street

There was a queue of vehicles, some of them with actual speedway cars on trailers. There was a race meeting on that very day! We weren’t prepared to wait all day for the action to start in the evening… sorry, but we’re not quite that dedicated.

Carrick Park Pacing Club - Speedway

Carrick Speedway: Saturday night

Carrick Cup: 99 Not Out

We did however drive into Carrick Park Pacing Club; there was activity, but no long queue. The gentlemen in attendance were very proud to tell us they were preparing for the 99th running of the Carrick Cup. That sounds pretty impressive; and we had to share that snippet immediately because the twilight race happens next weekend.

Carrick Park Pacing Club - Race Track

Ready: 99th Carrick Cup

We’re led to believe the running of the Carrick Cup is quite a big deal in social and sporting circles in the local community. Last year saw Fashions on the Field; a tug-of-war competition and live music followed the last race. For the kids, the activities included pony rides, a jumping castle and face-painting.

The committee ensure patrons have access to a full bar and a wide range of food. The Carrick Cup carried $8,000 in prize money in 2012. Spectators are apparently closer to the track at Carrick Park Pacing Club than other venues. I guess there would be on-course gambling available too… if I was a betting girl, I’d even put money on it.

Carrick Park Pacing Club - Stables

Stables: Carrick Park Pacing Club

There is a small entrance fee for adults to Carrick Park Pacing Club on race day. The venue is a 15 minute drive from Launceston in the north of Tasmania.

For more information, contact the Carrick Park Pacing Club on (03) 6393 6082. Other meets are scheduled at this track during the season if you miss this one.

Stay: Hawthorn Villa Stables at Carrick

If you’re thinking it would be a great idea to attend the Carrick Cup and need accommodation nearby, try the Hawthorn Villa Stables. What could be more appropriate than staying in a renovated villa stable? There’s four fabulous self-contained units onsite in Church Street; great for a weekend away with friends. Meet for breakfast or a bbq on the lawn and inspect the stunning gardens while you’re there. But be quick… they’re popular, so call (03) 6393 6150 and book straight away.

Carrick Park Pacing Club - Hawthorn Villa Stables

Hawthorn Villa Stables: Carrick Cup

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