Rotary Castlemaine is Event Partner for the 2023 Rotary Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge.

Billy Cart Challenge Poster 2023Sunday 1st October 2023 is race day and with an exciting new location.

Billy Cart Challenge

For 2023, the race location has moved to the internationally-recognised billy cart race track of Bowden St, parallel to the Old Castlemaine Gaol. The start line will be close to the driveway that enters the Gaol and the finish line will be down near Caroline Street. Big thanks to the Gaol for their support of our event.

On the Billy Cart Challenge website, there's lots of information and photos from previous billy cart races, vehicle guidelines, driver registration, volunteer registration and business sponsorship information. Go to

For previous events, more than 50 volunteers were required, so it’s a huge job. Check the website for volunteer roles available and an online application.

If you are a business and are keen to sponsor the Billy Cart Challenge, check the website. The goal is to create an event that brings the community together, not just on the day, but in the process of building billy carts together, and to support local community groups that support the wellbeing of the community.

Driver registration and vehicle guidelines are available on the on the website.