SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival 18th - 20th February 2021

Register your interest for 2021

The SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival is a ‘must do’ on the South Australian event calendar and in February 2020 it was marked as the biggest event to take place on Kangaroo Island ever!

Each year the Cygnet River Racecourse comes alive with great country racing from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th. The Thursday event is a casual affair, with the main race day, the Dudley Wines Kangaroo Island Cup, held on the Saturday. Punters dress up in true racing style and enjoy trackside entertainment, colourful marquees, fashions on the field competitions and an abundance of local Kangaroo Island food and wine.

Another ‘must-do’ is to join the popular Long Lunch trackside marquee on Cup Day, Saturday 20th February. Enjoy a stunning 2-course menu accompanied by sumptuous grazing tables. A selection of local Dudley Wines and beers are included to wet your whistle. Book early to avoid disappointment, as tickets to this popular lunch sell out quickly!

If you’re heading to the island just for the day, let us do the driving and purchase a KI Cup Package including return coach and ferry transfers from Adelaide and general admission entry. Spoil yourself and upgrade your package to include a ticket into the Long Lunch, too. Race-day packages including coach and ferry transfers are available for Cup Day only.

Register your interest for 2021 tickets and packages

Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival Events

Thursday 18th February

Racing at the Cygnet, for the first day of the Racing Carnival.
Held at the Cygnet River Racecourse, Kingscote. Gates open 11.00am. Purchase tickets at the gate or pre-purchase a multi-day pass.

Kangaroo Island Racing Club Cocktail Party will be held at the Ozone Hotel from 7 to 9 pm.


Saturday 20th February

Kangaroo Island Cup Race Day, Cygnet River Racecourse, Kingscote. Gates open 11.00am.



Friday 19th February

Punters Intermission at Dudley Wines Cellar Door, Penneshaw from 10.00am - 8.00pm. Call (08) 8553 133 or email for more information. No entry free, though table bookings are recommended.

Join the KI Cup Community Street Fair in front of the Ozone Hotel on the Esplanade.



Sunday 21st February

Live Music at Dudley Wines Cellar Door, Cape Willoughby Rd, Penneshaw from 10.00am - 5.00pm. Call (08) 8553 133 or email for more information and to book a table. Free entry.

Looking for more to do while on the island? Take a look at our outdoor and nature activities or our list of 30 reasons to visit Kangaroo Island for our top things to do.

SeaLink Kangaroo Island Cup


Kangaroo Island Cup Long Lunch

The Kangaroo Island Cup Long Lunch trackside marquee is the place to be. This event sold out in 2020, so be sure to get in quick and book your spot now!

Your ticket includes entry to the Racecourse, large grazing tables on arrival, a two-course lunch complemented by Dudley Wines and beer, with private betting facilities at your doorstep and a race-book.

Watch the racing in style from the comfort of your marquee and enjoy the range of local food and beverages. Register your interest to attend in February 2021!


Book Your Own Party Tent

Get a group together and book your very own Party Tent. Trackside tents are great to use as your base for the day and are suitable for up to 10 or 20 people, with chairs and tables included. You can either pre-order lunch and food platters from a local caterer (details TBA), purchase from the food vendors on the day or bring your own food and nibbles. Party tents sold out in 2020 so be quick to secure a spot!

Guests won’t be able to bring their own alcohol onto the racecourse or for their party tent, however beverages can be pre-ordered from the Racing Club and will be delivered direct to your party tent in coolers. Alternatively, you can purchase drinks on the day from the bar. 

Party Tents can only be booked direct with Greg Miller from the Kangaroo Island Racing Club on 0419 338 139.


Fashions On The Field

The annual Fashions on the Field competition is a favourite on Cup Day, with participants showing off their stylish racewear on stage. Get your fascinator or suit ready and enter one of the categories open on the day, including kids (aged up to 16 years), men and women. 


Plan Your Weekend Away

Stay for the weekend and get involved with the racing buzz across the island. If travelling to Kangaroo Island make sure to organise your accommodation and ferry travel well in advance with limited options available on the island over this busy time.

Save with SeaLink’s self-drive packages or join a guided tour while on KI. It’s the perfect time of year to visit so grab a group of friends and family and start planning your weekend away.

Looking for more exciting activities to do or places to visit while on KI? Take a look at our 30 reasons to visit Kangaroo Island article for some of the best things to do while visiting.

For assistance, please call SeaLink on 13 13 01 or email [email protected]