Race track is perfect

Many of our racers would have seen enjoyed the new upgrade of our race track at last year’s event. Well, the council has now finished our track with new kerb and gutters and line markers along the road.

Gone is the dangerous road filled with pot holes and rough edges. This has been replaced with a new flat surface for the length of the track, which is great for the organisers and more importantly for the drivers.

We are looking forward to a great year with many exciting events planned. Watch our website and facebook for all of the latest information.

If you have any inquiries or queries please do not hesitate to ring Graham Murphy on 0416 116 009.
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RACE PROGRAM (All times are approximate only)

  • 7.00 am                Scrutineering starts
    7.30 am                Registration opens for juniors only and then seniors
    9:00 am                Junior racing starts
    10.30 am              Senior racing starts
    11.00 am              Great Race – Easter Bunny races Healthy Harold the Giraffe
    11.30 am              Poly’s race and celebrity race
    12.noon                Senior finals – top 8 place getters
    12.20 pm              Showgirl race – The Amazing Jonathan on his unicycle
    12.25 pm              Mines race off for Perpetual Trophy winner
    12.30 pm              Supreme Champion – Junior winner races off Senior winner
    12.45 pm              Road re opens
    1.00 pm                Podium presentations – free giveaways from the podium
    1.10 pm                Raffle Drawn
    1.15 pm                Auction great selection of items

    All drivers please ensure you are in the pits 10 minutes before your allocated race times.


  • 7am – 2pm BBQ run by Rural Fire Service Gresford
  • 9am – 1pm Monster raffle tickets – see one of the roving ticket sellers or buy a ticket at Merchandising Tent in the hotel carpark and inspect the goodies
  • 9am – 12.45pm Billy Cart Racing – juniors and seniors main street
  • 1.00pm  Winners presentation – Podium on the Hotel Verandah
  • 1.10pm  Raffle draw
  • 1.15pm  Auction starts
  • 9am – 1pm Classic cars – near road entry to the showground in Orana Park
  • 9am – 1pm Gumboot throwing competition – behind hotel carpark
  • 9am – 1pm   Dummy Spitting competition – Behind hotel carpark
  • 9am – 1pm Ponypat lotto – behind hotel carpark
  • 9am – 2pm Market stalls and food outlets
  • 9am – 2pm Jumping castle and rides – behind hotel carpark
  • 11am – 1pm The amazing Jonathan magician and juggler performing throughout the markets
  • 2pm – 6pm Live music – Beatty Hotel
  • 6pm  Live Music – Bowling Club

A book just for you

Hey kids, this year we will have another special event just for you.
Newcastle author Katrina McKelvey and her illustrator Kirrili Lonergan will be making a special appearance at this year’s event launching her brand new book Up To Something.
She will be doing readings throughout the day while her illustrator Kirrili will be teaching the kids how to draw the characters from the book. Each session with the reading and illustration will take approximately one hour.
During each session, Katrina will read their new book, have a chat with the kids about billy carts, maybe sing a song, and then Kirrili can do some illustrating based on something from the book (either one of the characters or a billy cart). You will be the first to buy the book as it will not be officially released until after the Derby.
The readings will take place in the Gresford Bowling Club’s car park.


A blast from the past
old billy carts
Remember when all billy carts looked like this? Even now they don’t have to be elaborate, they can be very basic but have to be a lot of fun. These kids have got the right mixture, basic, fun, skinned knees, elbows and toes. How good were those days?
The next best thing is at Gresford Billy Cart Derby on Easter Saturday in Park Street, East Gresford from 9am. For specifications and safety requirements go to http://www.gresfordbillycartderby.com.au
It’s not too late to build one now to enjoy racing down the main swtreet of East Gresford cheered on by thousands of spectators. Time to hit the shed!

Miners shape up

It’s on again this year at the Gresford Billy Cart Derby, the battle of the mines – billy cart style!

Again this year Glencore Ravensworth is the major sponsor of the Gresford Billy Cart Derby and Easter Fair and once again the inter-mine race will be a highlight of the day. Last year’s racers were truly works of art and no doubt the talented workforce that can keep off-highway trucks and continuous miners on the go can lend themselves to delivering some great billy carts.

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Organisers this year expect the inter-mine race to be bigger and better than ever. There’s even a special perpetual trophy up for grabs by the winning entry. In addition the Glencore Ravensworth entries are sure to give the rest of the billy cart line up a run for their money. And we know all entries will be competing for bragging rights down the hill and also the trophies for the best turned out cart and best dressed team.

Don’t miss all the fun of the Gresford Billy Cart Derby and Easter Fair. See you trackside from 8.30 on Easter Saturday.

Monster Raffle 2019

This year we are giving you a choice of first prize. The first ticket drawn out can choose from any one of the three prizes. Second ticket out gets to choose from the next two and third will get the remaining prize. You pick a prize that suits your lifestyle.
Just $2 a ticket or 6 for $10.

Prize one: Maitland 4X4 Accessories Pack

Iron man

Ironman compressor
Ironman tent fan
Ironman speedy deflator
Ironman recovery treads
Ironman rear wheel bag
Ironman eco shower
Total prize value $600

Prize two: Oilman and Good Guys package 

Outdoor BBQ – Donated by the Oilman and also sponsor of our Easter Bunny
Coffee machine – Donated by the Good Guys
$200 Gift voucher from the Good Guys
Total prize value $600

Prize three: The farmers  package

$200 gift voucher –  Donated by Farmers Warehouse Dungog
Waratah 40 litre farm Eski – Donated by Farmers Warehouse Dungog
$200 gift voucher  – Donated by BJ’s Workwear Thornton
$100 gift voucher – Donated by Stockers and Partridge Paterson
Total prize value:- $600

Fantastic Auction

2 x 2 Night stays in a Superior Delux Room  overlooking the lake at the Brighton Hotel – Toronto. As part of the auction package Hughzies Lakeside Brasserie, located on the lower level of The Brighton, is offering a breakfast for 2×2.
3 x one cubic metres of split firewood delivered – donated Assurance Trees (within delivery 40 kilometres of Gresford)
Pandana 3 wheeled body board
Mini tool kit – donated Total Tools Sandgate
Beatty Hotel bar package
3 x Signed pre released books by Katrina McKelvey
3 x Signed Antarctic adventure sailing books ‘Safe Return Doubtful’ by Graham Murphy – Gresford Billy Cart Derby Coordinator

Many more items for Auction on the day!

Disabled Parking available

There is plenty of disabled parking at the rear of 58 Park Street East Gresford, just up from the Beatty Hotel. Look out for the disabled parking signs in the front of this house and there will be signs directing people to the parking area.

Gresford’s Billy Cart Derby and Easter Fair will once again pack the streets as our daredevil racers head down Park Street East Gresford on Saturday 20 April.

The billy cart racing is just one part of a great fun filled day that promises lots to do and see for all the family. And it’s for a good cause. A broad range of community organisations benefit from the proceeds of the Billy Cart Derby and the streets of East Gresford come alive on this the biggest event of the year. Competitors and Stallholders register here.

A pleasant drive from Newcastle into the Hunter Valley countryside, the Billy Cart Derby offers a real old style fun filled experience for the whole family. How about trying your hand at gumboot throwing or picking the winner of the cow pat lotto. There’s a range of events, lots of stalls, great coffee and some brilliant raffle prizes to be won. It’s just a great day out.

When the racing is over enjoy a relaxing drink at the Beatty Hotel who have been long time sponsors of ours and stay on for a meal in the restaurant. Others may wish to head over to Dungog for the Rodeo and have an exciting night there. Lots of things happening at Easter, come and join the fun.

General Contacts:
Graham Murphy (0416 116 009 | email)
Laurence Thorssell (02 4938 9248 | email)

Hotel carpark, Inside hotel, Behind school of arts building, Orana Park – near road entry to the showground, beside the Classic cars.

First aid
St John Ambulance located on market side of street half way down the track.

Call Graham Murphy (0416 116 009) or contact one of the volunteers wearing orange vests.