Race Info


Like any great Aussie Race Day our Cockroach Races (now in it's 38th year) provide a sporting arena, dedicated stadium seating and corporate boxes for the races so you can participate in each race in style where everyone can enjoy the fun festival atmosphere.

Baildon Street will be closed off during the day to set up the legendary arena in the council carpark across the road (directly beneath the Story Bridge) where all activities and party will begin!.

The day opens at 11am.

There is a street stage with live bands performing throughout the day and who can miss the dunking machine on the street which always provides great entertainment.

The Cockroach Races are HUGE with everyone getting the chance to get their cocky into the Hall of Fame. Don't forget about our other grand prize! Best Dressed Team, get yourself on stage and woo the crowd!

The first race scurries off at noon, launching a jam-packed program of 14 races, including a steeple chase. Read our race rules so you can be prepared for this awesome day and take part for your chance at victory. The last race is around 4.30pm and the music and fun continues into the evening.

As usual, entry to the Cocky Races is simply a gold coin donation, which in 2019 will go to Youngcare. A charity creating a powerful change for people with high care needs.


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 38 years!