Country Racing – Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival

A few weeks ago our ACT Ambassador Sally Martin, was invited by her younger sister to attend the Sealink Kangaroo Island racing carnival as her plus one. Sally grew up in Adelaide and said she would take any opportunity to visit family and friends, especially when it turns into a 5 day mumcation.

Held on 14-16 February, it offers two days of racing, Fashions on the Field with the Races SA regional competition and a celebration of Kangaroo Island’s best food and wine. What more could a girl want!  Suffice to say Sally eagerly accepted her sister’s plus one invitation!

Sally’s sister works for the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge and they were delighted to be their guests. Sally commented “It was such a lovely spot to stay.  Can’t praise the restaurant,  Reflections enough as the food was incredible.  We also partook in some local wines and bubbles which was also just as wonderful. Needlessness to say, we were certainly spoilt over the two days”.

Little did they know, they were both guests of Sealink, and that meant they were also part of the Long Lunch. There is nothing more special than a tray full of bubbles greeting you at the entrance to your marquee! With an Australian themed marquee, the girls were all set for a day of fashion, food and fun – and the races, of course!!!

Sally also surprised herself with her betting knowledge and managed to backed a number of winners on the day. Maybe it had something to do with the “Dudley Bubbly” from Dudley winery she was drinking! Suffice to say – the food, wine and other guests were all so delightful.  Sally goes on to say, she had the most amazing time. Being able to spend quality time together with her sister and play ‘dress ups’ was all two girls could want.

The two girls thought they would even give Fashions on the Field a go which had a number of categories and quite a few entrants.

Our gorgeous Sally managed to take out the runner up in the best dressed category winning some great prizes.  Included in her goodies bag was accommodation and ferry ride back to Kangaroo Island, so Sally is already booking in to return next year for their 2020 racing carnival.

With so much to see and do on Kangaroo Island including the local produce, wineries, breweries and distilleries – it certainly makes a trip to Kangaroo Island well worth a visit.  Be prepared to be enticed to sample all they produce – and that will be more than once!


Words by Sally Martin