Yes we do have similar things here - although the closest I've ever done is an intermediate driving day at one of our main tracks here in Melbourne.
That was a lot of fun but it was fairly basic stuff. I'm planning on continuing it through to advanced then race training.
Years ago I raced superbikes.. but after that I actually started my own track day company which lead to advanced rider training and Knee down courses.. We had Colin Edwards (MotoGP rider) as a draw card for our first event and it was a huge success.
We didn't issue race licences, it was just race technique, Advanced riding, intermediate and corner / throttle control.. The main track we used was the Phillip Island Circuit - fast and smooth and our secondary track (for advanced days) was a track thats only 10 mins from me, called Broadford race circuit.. Its a bike only track, very short, very bumpy, variable track surface, blind corners.. highly technical track.. I loved it. Here's
a pic of it:
They were the good ol' days
I redesigned my bike when it unexpectedly hit the ground and a reasonably high speed... I made it sort of shorter, twisted it a bit.. never was quite the same after that
Then I became a Dad... So, my days on two wheels are on hold..
On the up side.. I have my Alfa and she gives me endless hours of fun.. just a very different flavour of fun
My Dad used to race cars, the motor bug came from him, but for me it was about bikes.. as I get older, the idea of track work in a car is becoming much more appealing.. If only I had a GTA!