Port Douglas, the Tropical North Cairns resort town in which I reside, doesn’t have much to do other than going to a restaurant, sitting poolside or taking a walk on the beach. So when they have an event – especially a new event – it’s a big deal!
This year was the first of the Port Douglas Beach Picnic Races, a horse racing event showcasing the beautiful white sands of Four Mile Beach. It was a fun, community-based, carnival-style event with lots of games, local musical entertainment and more.
Australian picnic races (“the picnics”), do not necessarily imply eating on a checkered blanket as I thought, but refers to amateur Thoroughbred horse racing events. They are organized by amateur clubs and the jockeys are always amateur riders trained by hobby instructors. It’s a great way for non-professionals to get a taste of the glory of racing.
The white sands of Four Mile Beach is beautiful in itself, but it made an even more splendid and special backdrop for this event.
I don’t actually remember who the winner was, but the glorious sun, sand and tropical panorama I’ll never forget!