World-Class Racing is set to start in Sydney from 12 March

Racing fever will hit Sydney in autumn for the 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival (12 March – 16 April) which sees an impressive six week program of world-class racing and social activities. Featuring two of Australia’s biggest and most respected racing events, the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival and The Championships, Sydney Autumn Carnival boasts the world’s finest thoroughbred racing with more than $34 million in prizemoney across 45 Group races.
This year racegoers will witness history with the 60th running of the Longines Golden Slipper, featured as part of the three week Longines Golden Slipper Carnival at Rosehill Gardens which accounts for the first half of the Sydney Autumn Carnival. The Carnival then shifts to Royal Randwick for the third running of The Championships, the Grand Finals of Australian Racing before concluding with Schweppes Stakes Day on 16 April. Over six big weeks, Sydney’s racegoers and social set will enjoy a world-class festival of thoroughbred racing, stunning fashion, entertainment and premium hospitality.
As the focus moves to Royal Randwick, The Championships will offer racing purists and Sydney’s social set the prestige and glamour only expected from this world-class venue. Both Carnivals will offer a line-up of promotions, fashion and entertainment like no other, and we encourage racing enthusiasts to book early and plan to join us for what is guaranteed to be one of the biggest Sydney Autumn Carnival’s yet,” Mr Partridge said.
Australia’s most celebrated sporting event of the year, Longines Golden Slipper Day will be headlined by the world’s richest race for two year olds – Group 1 $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper, as well as the $1 million George Ryder Stakes, $700,000 Ranvet Stakes, $600,000 Rosehill Guineas and $700,000 The Galaxy, on a day which is the centrepiece of three weeks of action at Rosehill Gardens. In 2016, the day will also include the Longines Award for Elegance, the NOVA 96.9 Garden Party, pamper lounges and live music, making it a not-to-be-missed event this autumn.
The first day of the 2016 Longines Golden Slipper Carnival, Cellarbrations Ladies Day on 12 March, features a first class program of racing, fashion and entertainment with Sydney’s richest race for fillies and mares, the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic. Western Sydney Legends Day, on 26 March at Rosehill Gardens, will celebrate “Living Legends’’ from all sporting codes, and feature two Group 1 races, the $1.5 million BMW and $500,000 Vinery Stud Stakes.
The Championships, the Grand Finals of Australian Racing at Royal Randwick on 2 April and 9 April, in 2016 will offer prizemoney totalling $20 million – making them the richest two days in Australian Racing. With the support of Racing NSW and the NSW Government, The Championships is now in its third year and in a short period has captured the attention of the racing world, while also generating enormous benefit for the NSW economy.

The Championships Day 1 featuring the BMW Australian Derby on Saturday 2 April, set against a backdrop of traditional black and white fashion, sees world-class racing combined with premium hospitality and entertainment. The day features one of the world’s richest open sprint races, the $2.5 million Darley TJ Smith Stakes, the world’s richest mile, the $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile and the iconic feature race the $2 million BMW Australian Derby. This day will also feature the coveted Myer Fashions on the Field, and a host of on course activations including pampers lounges and pop up bars.
The Championships Day 2 featuring the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday 9 April, features the world’s richest 2000m turf race, the Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes worth $4 million, the Group 1 Cellarbrations Queen of the Turf Stakes, the Group 1 Australian Oaks and Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup over 3200m, now worth $2 million, a $400,000 increase from previous years. Once again, Myer Fashions on the Field will attract the fashionable fillies including the second Longines Award of Elegance for the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Little Sydney will return to the track over The Championships, enticing food lovers and Sydney’s gastronomical social set. Bringing back Sydney’s iconic restaurants Icebergs, Chiswick and China Doll, Little Sydney promises to be the hottest ticket to the track this Sydney Autumn Carnival.
The bumper six weeks of Group 1 racing will culminate with a Royal Randwick finale on Schweppes Stakes Day 16 April, including a live performance for all racegoers to enjoy. The day’s racing features two Group 1s, the $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes and $500,000 Moët and Chandon Champagne Stakes.
For all ticketing, information and hospitality options, including exclusive dining and reserved seating options, visit


To celebrate the 60th running of the Longines Golden Slipper, the Australian Turf Club are offering a limited number of pre-purchased $30 Golden Tickets. This will allow entry to Longines Golden Slipper Day and all six days of the 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival.

The Golden Ticket is available for purchase at until 12:00pm, 19 March 2016 OR General Admission tickets are available at the gates on the day. For all ticketing and hospitality information visit


For more information on an Australian Turf Club membership, giving you exclusive access to all four Australian Turf Club racetracks and guaranteed entry to the 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival, with membership starting from just $25 per month, visit 2016

Sydney Autumn Carnival:

Saturday 12 March Cellarbrations Ladies Day, Rosehill Gardens

Saturday 19 March Longines Golden Slipper Day, Rosehill Gardens

Saturday 26 March Western Sydney Legends Day, Rosehill Gardens

Saturday 2 April The Championships Day 1 featuring the BMW Australian Derby, Royal Randwick

Saturday 9 April The Championships Day 2 featuring the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Royal Randwick

Saturday 16 April Schweppes Stakes Day, Royal Randwick Rosehill Gardens Racecourse Address: James Ruse Dr, Rosehill NSW 2142 Phone: (02) 9930 4000

Getting there… Free on course car parking Train, bus and ferry services – Full transport information available at Royal Randwick Racecourse Address: Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031 Phone: (02) 9663 8400

Getting there… Free on course car parking Direct bus services from Central Station. Full transport information available at

Pullman Hotel Hyde Park hosts bloggers for Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

The Pullman Hotel Hyde Park hosted bloggers for a party before the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday 5 March 2016 at their Cafe Thirty6.

The cafe has views of the parade starting line and outside guests got to enjoy a view of the parade in a dedicated area which was off-limits to the general public. At the party guests enjoyed De Bortoli wines, canapes and an antipasto spread. All guests were also given underwear as a gift thanks to their sponsor Funky Trunks

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade brought the city to a standstill in a glittering explosion of pride.  An estimated 200,000 people looked on as the biggest and longest parade in recent years, made up of 178 floats and 12,500 participants, marched, rolled and danced through the heart of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian district.

Born from a single night of celebration turned political protest, the true Mardi Gras spirit lives on 38 years later. The Mardi Gras theme of ‘Momentum” saw thousands of LGBTQI people and their supporters from all over the world come together to joyously celebrate how far the community has come, as well as recognise the journey ahead.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Michele Bauer revealed the makeup of the Parade:

  • 178 entry floats/groups;
  • Close to three hours viewing time;
  • 1.4km Parade train of vehicles;
  • 300 bikes;
  • More than 150 vehicles or pushables;
  • More than 11,500 walkers;
  • More than 1,000 riders;
  • 12,500 total participants.

Reflecting on last night’s parade, Ms Bauer said, “The combined efforts of everyone involved delivered a stand out Parade. The enthusiasm of all the parade participants made for a truly wonderful experience.”

“Aside from all the fabulousness there were some very important and touching moments in the Parade. Over the last two weeks the 78ers, the participants in the very first Mardi Gras Parade, received a apologies from the NSW Government, Fairfax and the Police for the violent treatment they received on that first night. To watch them come down the Parade route celebrating this historical moment was something the community will cherish.”

“While we celebrated the victories, we also had a number of floats dedicated to issues prevalent in society today. Homelessness in the LGBTQI community, refugees, marriage equality and the recognition of transgender rights were all represented widely in this year’s parade.”

Bauer also praised the behaviour of spectators on the night, at an hour when many of the revellers continued to celebrate Mardi Gras at the Party, which took over several venues in Moore Park until 8am.

Guests of the Party were treated to an incredible line up of international and home grown music acts including: RnB superstar Deborah Cox, Eurovision song contest winner, Conchita Wurst, RuPaul’s Drag Race Top 3 Finalist, Courtney Act, Dirty Pop, Ben Manson, Rado, YO! MAFIA, Tracy Young, Mark Picchiotti, Buck Naked, Mark Alsop MA15+, Victoria Anthony, Kitty Glitter, Maze and Masters, Colin Gaff, Haylenise, Seismic and Tanner Derrby.

The 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade was proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

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