It’s that time of the year when the guys suit up, and women get to dress up complete with beautiful hats and fascinators to cheer for their favourite horse while enjoying a glass of bubbly and good company.
The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation, and even though Canberrans are far away from Flemington, you can still grab your friends and head out to celebrate in style. Here is our list of venues in Canberra where you can join the party on 3 November and celebrate the biggest social event of the year.
Head to the Thoroughbred Park to enjoy the day with two-course and three-course meals and beverages, Fashions on the Field competition, local racing and all the action from Flemington on the big screen. Gates open at 10:30 am and local racing starts at 1:00 pm. The cost of general admission is $25.
Bookings can be made on 6204 0000.
The Southern Cross Yacht Club on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin provides a fabulous setting to enjoy a platter while sipping complimentary Australian sparkling with a five-course lunch priced at $95 per person. Doors will open at 12:00 pm at each of the Southern Cross club venues (Woden, Tuggeranong and Jamison) with on-site TAB facilities, sweeps and prizes.
Bookings can be made here. For more details contact The Southern Cross Yacht Club on 6273 1784.
Enjoy exclusive access to Hotel Realm’s Ostani Bar, Buvette VIP Experience, the Burbury Terrace or Hotel Realm High Courtyards on Melbourne Cup Day for $165 to $185 per person. Starting at 12:00 pm, the price includes four-hour food and beverage packages, champagne on arrival, television screens to watch the action from Flemington and a pop-up bar. Prizes for best-dressed male and female, and best-dressed couple, sponsored by Rolfe Classic BMW, Piper Heidsieck and Hale Spa, will also be awarded on the day.
Bookings can be made via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hotel Realm 6163 1800 for more information.
Get together with family and friends for high tea at Canberra’s Hyatt Hotel on Melbourne Cup Day for $80. Two television screens will be put up in the tea lounge where visitors can enjoy the race along with conversations and nibbles from 1:00 pm onwards.
Bookings via the Hyatt Hotel.
Enjoy the flavours and fashions of Spring Racing at Capitol Bar and Grill at QT Canberra. The lunch package for $135 per person from 12:30 pm onwards includes a three-course feasting menu, champagne on arrival, Fashions on the Field competition, sweeps and a Spring Racing parade.
Bookings can be made via Eventbrite.
Catch the race at a local favourite on the Kingston Foreshore. Open from 1:00 pm, Magoo’s Cafe and Bar are serving fresh prawns and chilled sparkling, and have promised great specials all day.
Bookings are essential and can be made via Magoo’s Cafe and Bar.
Meanwhile, if you are getting together with friends or organising an office sweep, head to racenet for a free printable guide to office sweeps for the 2020 Melbourne Cup at around 6:30 pm on Saturday (31 October). Tickets are given randomly and each ticket usually costs between $1 and $10.