Celebrate Spring in Style at the Melbourne Cup

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19th September 2018

Spring is in the air and the excitement is building as one of the top Melbourne attractions comes to town. Fetch your best fascinator and secure your seats to the Lexus Melbourne Cup or one of the other top Spring Racing Carnival 2018 events – you won’t want to miss out!

The top Spring Racing events at Flemington Racecourse

From 3-10 November 2018, Flemington Racecourse will play host to the highly anticipated Lexus Melbourne Cup as well as a number of other key Spring Racing events.  

Here are the top four events:

  1. AAMI Victoria Derby Day: Saturday 3 November 2018
  2. Lexus Melbourne Cup Day: Tuesday 6 November 2018
  3. Kennedy Oaks Day: Thursday 8 November 2018
  4. Seppelt Wines Stakes Day: Saturday 10 November 2018
Flemington Racecourse

Be a VIP with a Trackside Flemington Private Marquee

The Birdcage:  Delectable dining, free-flowing Mumm Champagne, and the most glamourous of venues, The Birdcage is an icon of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Celebrate with your friends in true style in this luxurious, private space.

Trackside private marquees:  With elevated views of the Flemington Racecourse track, the state-of-the-art trackside private marquees are the place to be seen on race day. With a food and beverage package, private balcony, LED screens and more, you’ll truly feel like a rock star amongst the hottest racing action.

The Stayers Lounge:  Located in a prime position on the balcony with impeccable views of the Melbourne Cup finish line, you’ll enjoy a premium beverage package, grazing menu, private betting facilities and more at The Stayers Lounge.

The Rose Room:  Beautifully decorated with the scent of roses filling the air, The Rose Room is one of the most exclusive venues for the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The multi-tiered marquee is positioned in front of the Winning Post with an outdoor viewing deck and includes a five-course plated lunch, drinks service and afternoon tea.

Trackside at Flemington
Enjoying Mumm Champagne

Melbourne Cup Fashion and Fascinators

Derby Day kicks off the Myer Fashions on the Field competition with a glamourous monochromatic theme. Head to The Park, located on the hill, which is free for all Melbourne Cup Carnival ticket holders, and to the two-story Fashions on the Field enclosure where you’ll enjoy delicious eats, hot entertainment and more!

Dramatic fashion statements are the name of the game on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day. This is the day to wear something that stands out – be daring with a brightly coloured hat or a dramatic dress!

The Women’s Racewear national winner in the Myer Fashions on the Field competition will be announced on Kennedy Oaks Day. Style and grace is the theme on this important race day, so wear your finest frock.

Seppelt Wines Stakes Day is all about fun and fashion for families! Littlies will sport their best for the Stakes Day Fashions on the Field competition, the perfect end to an exciting Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Melbourne Cup fashion

Melbourne Cup Entertainment

In addition to the exciting horse racing and trend-setting fashion, you can expect some big musical acts during the Spring Racing Carnival 2018. Before the main racing event on Melbourne Cup day, catch British superstar Sam Smith in the Mounting Yard as he performs his biggest hits. The Park will also play host to some big names in the Australian music scene during Cup Week including Amy Shark, The Presets, Conrad Sewell and Hayden James.

Melbourne Cup entertainment

Melbourne Accommodation: Stay in style during the Melbourne Cup

The Larwill Studio, Parkville - Voted the Best Hotel in Melbourne for 2 years in a row on Tripadvisor, this bright and playful boutique hotel is just 10 minutes from Flemington Racecourse.

The Larwill Studio, Parkville

The Blackman, Melbourne - This award-winning hotel is ideally situated on St Kilda Road, just a short tram ride away from the Melbourne Botanical Gardens, MCG and other popular Melbourne attractions.

The Blackman, Melbourne

The Cullen, Prahran - This boutique hotel features two of the best restaurants in Melbourne, Gramercy Social and HuTong Dumpling Bar, and is a short stroll to the high fashion of Chapel Street.

The Cullen, Prahran

The Olsen, South Yarra -  Located on Chapel Street close to cafes and shops, you will feel right at home at this contemporary hotel with plenty of natural light, kitchenettes and designer furnishings.

The Olsen, South Yarra

The Chen, Box Hill -  With a rooftop pool and sundeck overlooking the Melbourne skyline, this luxury Melbourne hotel is the perfect place for a city retreat.

The Chen, Box Hill

Book your Melbourne Cup hotel here.

Top photo - Credit Jodi Gordon 

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