Racing Tours

Our Horse Racing Tours have been running for over 30 years. Now retired race caller John Russell first escorted a group to the Darwin Cup in 1970. This then expanded to include Racing Tours to some of the most exciting events around the world including Royal Ascot, French Derby, Kentucky Derby, Hong Kong, South America and closer to home the Hobart and Launceston Cups. John still travels with these groups and shares his vast knowledge with many an enthusiast.


The Darwin Cup Winter Carnival now ranks as the Northern Territory's No.1. tourist attraction. It has emerged as a magnet to visitors from almost everywhere in Australia. The Carnival is a unique, colourful and exciting racing experience to be enjoyed by all, not only turf enthusiasts. The weather is perfect - average daily about 30C and the variety of tropical attractions, plus a feast of social activities, make the week an unforgettable adventure.

The Phar Lap Racing Tours' annual Darwin Cup tour has been part of the carnival for more than 40 years, running late July/early August each year, it is the perfect time to escape the southern winters and soak up the idyllic weather of the Northern Territory. Young and old from all corners and walks of life have tasted and praised the experience. There are those who come just for the racing but others simply soak up the winter sun and enjoy all the other offerings of relaxation & friendship. The tour offers the perfect balance of racing, social events and leisure time. Darwin is alive at that time of year and Cup Day is a huge event. Our tour functions will include a fabulous racing themed dinner and we have seating and lunch in the VIP Marquee on Cup day, this will top off a fantastic weeks racing tour..


The Launceston Cup captures the best of Horse Racing and Tasmania's February weather in a premium fully escorted tour. This is “country racing” at its best. The Launceston Cup is a colourful and exciting racing experience to be enjoyed by all, not only turf enthusiasts. The day at the Cup embraces the best of everything - reserved seating in the Corporate Marquee, gourmet buffet luncheon including superb Tassie wine, champagne, spirits, beer & soft drinks. The tour will be an unforgettable experience.

Darwin Cup

Launceston Cup
All of our Racing Tours are sold exclusively through the following Melbourne italktravel shops - Glen Waverley, Mt Waverley, East Doncaster, Doncaster, Narre Warren and Fountain Gate.
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