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Melbourne Cup in Canberra – your guide to getting the ultimate race experience

By Karen Coe 13 October 2017 0
Champagne glasses on bar

Cheers! The best options in Canberra to enjoy the Melbourne Cup races.

It’s the race that stops the nation, and Canberra is no stranger to celebrating it with the style and pizzaz it deserves!

Here is your guide on where to celebrate, where to keep the party going afterwards, how to hold a sweep in your office and my fashion picks for the day (7 November).

Where to celebrate:

Thoroughbred Park

  • Where: 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham
  • What: food and beverage stalls, Canberra Centre Fashions on the Field Competition, local racing action and all the action from Flemington on the big screen, onsite bookies and TAB.
  • When: gates open 10.30 am, local racing begins at 1.00 pm.
  • How Much: $25.00 general admission
  • Tickets: at the gate or online at ticketek.com.au
  • More Information: visit the Thoroughbred Park website.

Hotel Realm

  • Where: 18 National Circuit, Barton
  • What: 2 functions
    • Buvette – live music and entertainment, 4-hour beverage package, canapés, sparkling bar, sweeps and giveaways, after party from 4.00 pm.
    • Ostani – live music and entertainment, 3-hour beverage package, canapés, BBQ station, sparkling bar, sweeps and giveaways, after party from 3.00 pm.
  • When: from 12.00 noon
  • How Much: $99.00-165.00 per person
  • Tickets: eventbrite.com
  • More Information: visit the Hotel Realm website.

Pialligo Estate

  • Where: 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo
  • What: 2-course grazing menu and 3-hour beverage package, Westfield fashion catwalk, and Fashions on the Field, sweeps.
  • When: from 12.30 pm, DJ from 3.30 pm
  • How Much: $150.00 per person
  • Tickets: eventbrite.com
  • More Information: visit the Pialligo Estate website.

Casino Canberra

  • Where: 21 Binara Street, Canberra
  • What: glass of sparkling on arrival, sweeps, best dressed and hat prizes, Ladbrokes onsite, $10 match play voucher on arrival, DJ and entertainment throughout the afternoon, special meal and drinks promotions.
  • When: from 12 noon
  • How Much: free entry
  • Tickets: n/a
  • More Information: keep an eye on the Casino Canberra website, more information coming soon.

Hyatt

  • Where: 120 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla
  • What: The Garden Celebration – buffet lunch, cooking stations, seafood selection and BBQ, 3-hour beverage package, Moët Champagne on arrival, racing action on the giant outdoor display.
  • When: 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm
  • How Much: $199.00 per person
  • Tickets: contact Mikaela on 02 6269 8901 or via email on mikaela.panting@hyatt.com
  • More Information: visit the Hyatt website.

Yacht Club

  • Where: Mariner Place, Yarralumla
  • What: sparking on arrival, 3-course set menu, best dressed and best hat competition, sweeps and mystery bets.
  • When: from 12.00 noon
  • How Much: $85.00 per person
  • Tickets: eventopia.co
  • More Information: visit the Yacht Club website.

Hale and Mary

  • Where: 15 Tench Street, Kingston
  • What: drink on arrival and 3-course meal, screens, raffles and prizes for best dressed, racing action on the screens.
  • When: from 11.30 am
  • How Much: $75.00 per person
  • Tickets: contact Hale and Mary on 02 6239 4455

The Loft at Duxton

  • Where: Sargood Street, O’Connor
  • What: 3-course share style meal and drinks package, race day festivities.
  • When: 12.00-4.00 pm
  • How Much: $130.00 per person
  • Tickets: eventbrite.com
  • More Information: visit The Duxton website.

Where to go after:

Hosting an Office Party?

Don’t forget your sweeps – racenet will have a free printable guide to office sweeps available at approx. 7.30 pm on November 4th, when the field is declared.

My fashion picks:
The dress:

  • Locally: visit Myer Canberra Centre or Belconnen to find my favourite brands Mossman and Cooper Street, or Momento at Manuka for a wide selection of stunning options.
Dress by Mossman

Dress by Mossman

Dress option by Cooper Street

Dress option by Cooper Street

Dress by Momento

Dress by Momento

Dress option available on ASOS

Dress option available on ASOS

Dress option by Stop Staring

Dress option by Stop Staring

Dress options by Sheike

Dress option by Sheike

Headwear:

  • I can’t go past local designer Sovata
Headwear options by Sovata

Headwear by Sovata

Shoes:

Custom made shoes by Shoes of Prey. Image courtesy Shoes of Prey

Custom made shoes by Shoes of Prey

Clutch:

Clutch options by Olga Berg

Enjoy the day, whatever you get up to, but remember to drink and gamble responsibly.

What are your plans for the Melbourne Cup? Do you have any fashion tips or ideas on how to celebrate? Let us know in the comments below. 

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