Event Info

What to Expect

The event
The Cocky races are a great fun day with plenty of atmosphere and entertainment. The event's layout is similar to the National Festival of Beers in that the hotel takes over and closes Rotherham St. for a day and utilises the restaurant car-park as well, with tiered seating and even corporate boxes, the stage is set for a great race day.

The day opens at 11am. There is a street stage live bands performing throughout the day, a dunking machine on the street always provides great entertainment in the hot Queensland summer.

It is a busy day, you can expect to see up to 7000 other avid cockroach punters throughout the day enjoying the races and sunshine.

There is a big race card on this day. Fourteen races with the first race at 12:00, flowing through the afternoon with the last race at 4:30. Contestants are encouraged to train and b.y.o roach but there is also a house stable with roaches available to be bought for $5.00. Also there is the best Stable Costume Competition for teams and the
Miss Cocky Competition. The music and fun continues into the night.

On the Day!

Keep up to date with all the the action on the day via out live twitter stream, coming live from the cockroach races. Or via our galleries section, which will be updated throughout the day with images, videos and more.


...As the story goes the Story Bridge Hotel Cockroach Races were started when two old punters sat in the bar arguing over which suburb had the biggest and fastest roaches.

They decided to race some roaches the next day and history was made.

The races have now been held at the Story Bridge Hotel for 30 years!