Melbourne Cup Lunches & Events

The Melbourne Cup is the most celebrated racing event in Australia and the richest thoroughbred handicap race in the world, and Melbourne Cup lunches and other Melbourne Cup events take place all over Australia on race day each year.

This year the 2016 Melbourne Cup will run on Tuesday November 1, 2016 and a race club near you is sure to be hosting a fantastic Melbourne Cup event if you can’t make it to Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

Tens of thousands of eager spectators, punters and other racing enthusiasts gather at the picturesque Flemington Racecourse or just at home with friends. On the first Tuesday of November every year, people all over the country cheer on the champion field of contenders competing for not only lucrative prize money, but also the honour and prestige associated with a Cup victory.

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Flemington is the place to be to get in on the racing, fashion and betting action that the Melbourne Cup is famous for. Of course, it is not always possible to attend this esteemed event. So where are the other hot spots in Australia to go and celebrate the “race that stops a nation” and enjoy all the festivities and frivolities associated with Melbourne Cup Day?

Hundreds of clubs, racetracks, restaurants and other locations host their own exciting and entertaining Melbourne Cup lunches and events. On this page we will detail the most popular places you can watch the Melbourne Cup in each Australian state.

If you are hosting a Melbourne Cup event this year and would like your details featured here please contact us.

2016 Melbourne Cup Lunches & Events


Sydney & New South Wales

  • Melbourne Cup Day at Royal Randwick – Australian Turf Club
    For a Melbourne Cup day that is full of entertainment and excitement, head to Royal Randwick Racecourse. The day will include five picnic races, bookmakers & TAB facilities and all of the action live from Flemington on more than 400 screens around the track. You can also enjoy top quality races at one of the world’s premier tracks while the nation stops for the Melbourne Cup.

Brisbane & Queensland

  • Brisbane Racing Club – Eagle Farm Racecourse
    Experience the fun and excitement of the Melbourne Cup in Brisbane at the Eagle Farm Racecourse – live racing, live music and entertainment, plus all of the action from Flemington live on hundreds of screens around the course.
  • Gold Coast Turf Club
    What better way to watch the race that stops the nation than among the excitement and action of live racing at the Gold Coast Turf Club? Spoil yourself and guests with the function and dining packages, or get among the action with the lawn party with live music! Catch the race on the huge screen TV’s around the course, and enjoy the sensational view of the Surfers Paradise skyline.
  • Toowoomba Turf Club
    It’s that time of year again when the Melbourne Cup strikes the Toowoomba Turf Club. Come and enjoy an afternoon of live racing action, fashions on the field and live music, or even book a trackside marquee. There’s nothing like a day at the races!

Adelaide & South Australia

  • SAJC – Allan Scott Park Morphettville
    Adelaide’s biggest Melbourne Cup party! Soak up the racing, fashion, fun and entertainment at Allan Scott Park Morphettville on Melbourne Cup Day – Adelaide’s premier racing destination. Take your pick of the options, from general admission to picnic sites to private rooms and marquees. The pricier marquees come in from $75pp, while the more “fashiony” marquees are around $60.

Canberra & ACT

  • MELBOURNE CUP
    The iconic Melbourne cup will be celebrated in Canberra at Thoroughbred Park, where you can enjoy all the action both on and off the track. A number of local races as well as vision of the big race on the super screen will ensure you wont miss a minute of the colour and excitement that is the Melbourne Cup. Hospitality packages are available and designed to suit all budgets and requirements. The Myer Fashions on the field is a must for any fashionista with categories including the Classic Ladies, Classic Mens and Classic Couples race wear. Entry Adults $30. Visit www.thoroughbredpark.com.au for more information.

Perth & Western Australia

  • Yellowglen Melbourne Cup Day at Ascot
    Perth’s biggest Melbourne Cup day celebration will be at Ascot Racecourse where you will be able to enjoy the thoroughbred racing, fun, fashion and entertainment of the “race that stops a nation”.

If you are hosting a Melbourne Cup lunch or event and would like your details listed here please contact us.