Known as the race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup has been thrilling Australians since 1861. On the first Tuesday of every November, Australians all over the country stop what they’re doing to watch (or listen to) the three minute race. There are office parties and ladies lunches going on from Darwin to Hobart, Sydney to Perth and everywhere in between, but there’s nothing quite like the celebrations at Flemington Racecourse, the home of the great race!
Experiencing the excitement and atmosphere of a real Melbourne Cup is a great Aussie thing to do, and should be on everybody’s bucket list whether you’re into horses, fashion or just great day out. Tickets to the Cup start at $74 for general admission and children 16 years and under are free or if you’re happy to part with a bit more cash, reserved grandstand seating starts at $210 per seat. No matter whether you choose to spend the day on the lawn, or splurge on the reserved grandstand seating, whether your horse wins or loses, the atmosphere is so electric you’re guaranteed a day to remember.
Flemington Racecourse puts on an all day party with live entertainment between races, a huge range of vendors serving an eclectic mix of food and the Myers Fashion on the Field Competition. The races start at 10.20 in the morning and conclude with the final race at 5.15 so pace yourself… it’s a long day!
Choice Hotels has several great hotels offering Melbourne Cup accommodation within a five kilometre radius of Flemington Racecourse. The Clarion Suites Gateway is a 4.5 star Melbourne CBD hotel with a range of exceptionally appointed room types, close to many Flemington Racecourse and many of Melbourne’s best restaurants, shopping and popular attractions.
Other Choice Hotels nearby offering Melbourne Cup accommodation include:-
Econo Lodge Parkville Place – great value self contained Melbourne accommodation.
Comfort Inn Lygon Lodge – Contemporary Lygon St Carlton accommodation.
Quality Hotel Downtowner on Lygon – 4 star Melbourne hotel in the heart of the CBD.
Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill on Collins – 4 star Melbourne CBD hotel.
Econo Lodge City Square – affordable Melbourne CBD accommodation.