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Finding hotels during the Melbourne Cup can be quite difficult, as the race that stops a nation is one of Australia’s most exciting thoroughbred horse races.
Attendances at the Flemington Racecourse have been on the rise over the last five years, with around 107,000 people cramming through the gates and that figure could be set for an increase yet again this year. Most of these numbers come from local punters turning up to the track, but enough people come in from interstate and overseas to make booking ahead essential.
Booking Melbourne Cup hotels is possible via the Internet and through telephone. Certain hotels and other accommodation provide deals and rates to attract you to stay with them.
For example, one city hotel advertises a “Punters Package” directly aimed at horse racing enthusiasts. With accommodation, full breakfast and inclusive travel to and from the meeting, these sorts of deals are everything you could possibly need for a day at the races. You can usually find these packages for stays in Melbourne hotels a long time before the race is due to run, as the demand for accommodation is not matched by supply by the time the Melbourne Cup field has been announced.
Arriving in Melbourne
Arriving in Melbourne is a tremendous experience, but choosing the right method of travel can also determine the quality of your stay.
With an impressive two airports easily within reach of the city centre, Melbourne Airport and Avalon Airport, the ability to fly from various other major Australian cities is possible. Direct links to New Zealand and America to the east, and Asia and Europe in the west ensures that Melbourne retains its accessibility.
Should you choose to arrive in Melbourne via railway services, the city’s Southern Cross station provides the destination for all intercity rail services from interstate and intrastate.
Motorway routes from major cities such as Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane all range from between 9 and 20 hour journeys, with the possibility of taking the highway or scenic coastal routes.
Finally, bus services operate to and from the city, operated by two major organisations. Bus links are available to all major Victorian towns.
Choosing the Best Melbourne Cup Hotel Deals
As with any major event, you can find any accommodation to suit your budget. From last-minute deals to pre-arranged trips, there is something out there for everyone.
The way that the Melbourne Cup captures the imagination of the people of Melbourne ensures that you will enjoy a pleasant experience before and after the action on the track.
Location, price and standard are three of the main things to look for. Enjoy your stay and remember to place your bets!