1. Stay in Melbourne CBD.
If you’re visiting Melbourne from interstate or overseas, we recommend staying in the heart of the city. Not only is it easily accessible from Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport, but it makes getting to and from Flemington Racecourse as easy as possible.
But it’s not just convenience that makes the CBD the choice place to stay, it’s also about the nightlife, cafés, restaurants and alleyways to explore that make Melbourne unique. You won’t get this experience staying anywhere else!
2. Get the train to Flemington Racecourse.
After you’ve checked-in to your CBD hotel, enjoyed a bite to eat, had a good nights’ sleep and a morning coffee from a local café, it’s time to make your way to the race that stops a nation™! You may be tempted to hop in a cab, but to really experience the Cup like a local, take a stroll down to Flinders Street Station and board a train to Flemington Racecourse. Journey time is short, fares are cheap and it’s a great way to really get in the mood for a big day at the races.
If it’s your first time in Melbourne (or first in a long time) you’ll need to pick up a Myki card to travel on Melbourne’s public transport network. A Myki Explorer pack can be purchased at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square (across the road from Flinders Street Station) and come pre-loaded with enough credit to get you to and from the Melbourne Cup.
3. Allow yourself plenty of time.
Let’s be honest, Melbourne Cup day is a long day. First race is usually around 10:30am and last race about 5:15. But don’t let this fool you, if you time your trips to bar poorly you could miss all the action. Lines for the bars, toilets, food vendors and bookies will grow as the day goes on. Make sure you time your trips so you’re back at your seat before the next race. Race times will be available in the paper, as well as online and in the racebooks available with certain ticket types. Hot tip – the Group 1 Melbourne Cup runs at 3:00pm.
4. Upgrade your ticket to a reserve seat or hospitality package.
Flemington Racecourse is a big place, with plenty of great vantage points to view the track. A general admission ticket is a great way to experience a day at the races like a local, but if you’re looking to get a bit more out of your Melbourne Cup holiday, upgrade your ticket to a seat in the elevated grandstands will allow you all the fun of the lawns plus the added exclusiveness of your reserved grandstand seat.
If you’re looking for that little bit extra to make your Melbourne Cup Day truly memorable, you can’t go past the Home Straight Enclosure, with its trackside views, buffet lunch and exclusive facilities, it combines the excitement of the race with off the field style.
5. Dress on theme.
If you’re looking to dress the part at the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival, make sure you’re up to date with the style traditions for each race day.
Victoria Derby Day – Traditionally, black and white is the prominent colour scheme. Flower – Blue Cornflower
Lexus Melbourne Cup Day – Dress to impress. Today is your day to make a strong fashion statement. Flower – Yellow Rose
Kennedy Oaks Day – Acknowledged as ladies day. Floral styling is a good choice. Flower – Pink Rose
Seppelt Wines Stakes Day – Recognised as family day, Stakes Day has a more relaxed feel. It still important to dress right though. Try a blazer and chinos instead of your suit for men. Flower – Red Rose
6. Allow yourself an extra day or two.
Heading to Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup is a great holiday idea. But why stop there? With plenty to see and do in Melbourne and surrounding areas, allow yourself a couple extra days before or after the Cup to see more of the sights, explore areas in and around the city, or just relax. Any way you choose to do it, you can’t go wrong!
Packages are now on sale for the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival. View and select your ideal package at https://www.sporttours.com.au/melbourne-cup
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