Melbourne Cup

7th November 2017 | Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, United Kingdom

About the Melbourne Cup, Melbourne

The Melbourne Cup is the most prestigious horse race in Australia. It is part of what is referred to as the Spring Carnival series of races, which are held annually throughout October and November. Horses and their riders from around the world take to the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne to compete for a prize fund currently standing at $6.2million. The 2-mile flat course has been in existence since 1861 and attracts huge crowds. The most successful trainer of all time at the event has been the Australian Bart Cummings, having won 12 times during a 40-year career.

Helpful information about the Melbourne Cup, Melbourne

Melbourne Airport is in the suburb of Tullamarine, which is linked to the city centre by the Skybus express. Alternatively, a taxi from the airport will cost between $35 and $40. Getting from the city centre to the Flemington Racecourse is easiest by train, a short journey with the venue having its own station. Tickets for the Melbourne Cup are available from mid-March, choose from General Admission or Reserved Seating for the heart of the action. Children under 16 go free, although must be accompanied by an adult. There will be a whole day of races, with the main event running at around 3pm.

Making the most of the Melbourne Cup

Check online once tickets are available for the best package to suit your trip. The general admission will put you close to the action, or the precinct tickets will provide additional entertainment and food outlets. Upgrading to a dining package will give a unique experience, perfect for entertaining special guests. If you’re looking to place a bet, only take money you’re willing to spend, bet responsibly. Plan to arrive early and make a day of it to ensure you see as much racing as possible. Remember November in Australia is just ahead of the summer season, so expect it to start getting warm.

Where to stay in Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup

If you are planning to visit Melbourne for the horseracing, choose from a selection of houses and apartments, spare rooms and many more private rentals near the Flemington Racecourse. Wherever you stay in Melbourne, there are extra trains available on race day to help you arrive on time.

Things to do in Melbourne near the Melbourne Cup

Continue your sporting holiday with a trip to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Explore Melbourne on foot and on the City Circle Tram, or take in the views from the Eureka Skydeck. Visit the animals at Melbourne Zoo, or the Royal Botanic Gardens and Port Campbell National Park provide beautiful scenery.

More information about the Melbourne Cup

To find out more about the Flemington Racecourse and Melbourne Cup, including: Racing and Events, tickets, fashion and entertainment, dining and hospitality, the Melbourne Cup Carnival, previous results and the history of Flemington Racecourse, visit the official website.

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