The Compass Cup | Australia’s Only Cow Race | 26 Jan 2019

The Compass Cup – Australia’s Only Cow Race

The Compass Cup is one of those wacky Australian events that showcases our warped sense of humour!

Back in 1973, the local rural youth were looking at ways of making money for the local community, and having fun at the same time. Someone came up with the idea that hopping aboard an untrained cow and riding it would be fun. The thousands of people that have watched the Compass Cup since would definitely agree.

The Compass Cup is a cheap family day of fun. Entry for kids under 14 is by gold coin donation.  Spectator participation is encouraged – bid on a cow in the auction to ride in the Compass Cup, and if all goes well, win the race!  There are also side shows, farm animal nursery, tractor pull and arena events for kids as well as food and drinks, bar facilities and market stalls.  Highlights include the popular Ute Show and after-race concert.


  • 11.00am Gates Open
  • 12.15pm Official Opening
  • 12.30pm Aussie Thong Throw
  • 12.45pm Milk Loading
  • 1.00pm Jnr Milk Loading
  • 1.15pm Rubberboot Marathon
  • 1.30pm Junior Rubberboot Marathon
  • 1.45pm SA Draught Horse Demo
  • 2.00pm Jnr Milk Bomb Challenge
  • 2.15pm Tour Down Udder Jnr & Snr
  • 2.30pm Milk Skull Off
  • 2.45pm Farm Machinery Demo
  • 3.00pm Wobbly Cow
  • 3.15pm Sack Races Jnr & Snr
  • 3.30pm Cow Auction
  • 4.00pm Milking & Calf Feeding Demo
  • 4.15pm Shearing Demo
  • 4.30pm Ute Show Parade
  • 5.00pm Compass Cup
  • 5.30pm Tractor Pull
  • 6.00pm Dog Jump Spectacular
  • 6.30pm After Race Music


Adults and 14 years and over $9 | Children under 14 years gold coin donation

Tickets are available at the gate on the day. Proceeds go towards local community groups.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Compass Cup website.

What: Compass Cup

When: Saturday 26 January 2019 | from 11am

WhereMain Oval | Mt Compass, South Australia

Who: Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Compass Cup Facebook page


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